National Engineering Industries Ltd (NEI), part of CK Birla Group, was recently awarded Green Factory Building Platinum Certification by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for its 75-year-old manufacturing facility located in Jaipur. Spread across 75 acres, this facility comprising office blocks and factory buildings received this highest level of rating for green buildings offered by IGBC. This certification is a benchmark for sustainably designed buildings.
As the oldest factory in Rajasthan to receive this certification, NEI has been making constant strides for more than a decade to transform this facility into one of the best-in-class green buildings and further support NEI’s sustainability mission. The company has ensured that they implement all the major green practices and highest standards of water and energy conservation, waste management, CO2 emissions reduction and environmental quality. Rohit Saboo, President and CEO, NEI: “We have also implemented digital energy monitoring systems across the plant to reduce energy consumption significantly.”
By implementing rainwater harvesting, NEI has been able to save more than six million litres of water in a year. Additionally, the wastewater from the factory is treated in Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) and the treated water is used for landscaping and softscaping areas within the campus. This way, there is zero discharge outside the plant.
With its sustainable green building design, the facility also optimizes the natural day light and has efficient lighting and air conditioning systems to reduce its energy consumption by 39% overall. With its 1500 KW rooftop solar and 100% LED lighting, facility also contributes further towards reducing its carbon footprint up to 38%.
NEI follows sustainable practices in its other facilities as well which are situated in Haryana and Gujarat. NEI’s Gujarat plant has also been Platinum Certified by IGBC in 2016.