ABB’s factory in Nashik, in Western India, has been recognised with a gold certification by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The environmentally friendly factory supplies power distribution products to over 100 countries and across sectors in India. With this recognition, the site becomes the first factory to be certified as a Green Building within the Nashik Industrial Area, which houses approximately 10,000 factories across various industries. Nashik is located about 190km north of Mumbai.
ABB has undertaken a variety of initiatives at the facility to reduce its carbon footprint through in-house solar panel installation, energy efficiency improvement projects, and tree plantation drives. In addition, waste management initiatives have been initiated to eliminate the usage of plastic stretch film and reduce the use of single-use plastic for packing purposes.
Spread over five acres, ABB’s Nashik facility is equipped with smart manufacturing features for connecting people, processes and assets, capable of relaying real-time data and a web-based integrated traceability system for daily planning and review. State-of-the-art onsite digital screens provide information transparency across the factory and its products for key parameters that can be adjusted to increase the efficiency of operations.
IGBC, part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), offers a wide array of services which include developing new green building rating programmes, certification services and green building training programmes. The IGBC Green Factory Buildings is the first rating program developed in India, exclusively for the industrial sector. This is based on globally accepted energy and environmental principles and strikes a balance between known established practices and emerging concepts.