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Sembcorp will supply 33 MW of locally-sourced, renewable power to Saint-Gobain’s manufacturing units in Sriperumbudur, Perundurai and Tiruvallur in India.
Sembcorp, a leading power producer, announced Tuesday that it had signed an agreement to supply 33 MW of electricity from renewable sources to Saint-Gobain manufacturing facilities for 25-years. This will help the construction materials firm reach its carbon reduction goals.
French glass and building materials major Saint-Gobain Indian and Green Infra Wind Energy, (GIWEL), a subsidiary Sembcorp Green Infra (SGIL), signed a long-term agreement for wind-solar hybrid energy supply.
“With like-minded partners such as Sembcorp we are embarking upon a low-carbon to no-carbon age, a world all of us can proudly call our own and that future generations will enjoy,” stated AR Unnikrishnan (Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass Business).
According to a statement, the power supply to Saint-Gobain’s production facilities will be provided by a special purpose vehicle. GIWEL will own 74% and Saint-Gobain Indian will have the remainder.
“This association will further support our goal to manufacture sustainable construction materials here in India. The agreement with Sembcorp aims to achieve the ambitious goal of 100% Green Power by 2027-28. It is also another step in the continued efforts to increase green capacity through green power generators, and to meet our sustainability targets,” Venkat Subramanian (Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Gyproc Business) said.
Saint-Gobain stated that its businesses in India have placed emphasis on sustainable growth, and are aligned to the Sustainable Energy Goals of India.
“The partnership with Saint-Gobain demonstrates our competitiveness in renewable energy and aligns well with Sembcorp’s brown to green transformation. We are supporting industry leaders such as Saint-Gobain to achieve their carbon neutrality goals by supporting them through green partnerships. This is a long-term commitment towards India’s green transition. “Hybrid wind-solar energy is a viable, clean, and reliable supply option to help India’s Atmanirbhar Manufacturing Ambitions,” stated Vipul Tuli CEO, South Asia, Sembcorp Industries.
Saint-Gobain India currently has multiple solar plants installed across India. Captive solar plants will replace nearly 22 million units required to generate electricity by 2022. Saint-Gobain India’s electricity consumption will be 44% by 2023 thanks to renewables. The statement stated that rainwater harvesting, urban forest development, and bio-diversity are still key areas of climate action.