Hyundai Motor India Limited, the country’s largest passenger car exporter and the second largest car manufacturer, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Green Award’ in the large industries category (North Zone) for the year 2011-12 by the Tamil Nadu Government.
HMIL was felicitated for its sustainable water and energy efficient manufacturing practices. HMI has undertaken several initiatives which have reduced environmental pollution and dependence on government sources for water.
The HMIL factory is a zero discharge plant where the used water is recycled by two Reverse Osmosis plants installed inside the factory to facilitate water reuse. HMIL’s 4 rain water harvesting ponds have a total capacity of 2.75 lakh kilo litres, thereby helping the factory to be fairly self-sufficient in its water requirements. HMIL has also adopted several energy conservation measures likesolar water heater for canteens, Solar light pipe for office lighting, LED lights for streets, Automatic Switch off for many equipments including air conditioners, etc. and its target is to reduce energy consumption by 3-4 % annually.
The prestigious award, announced by the Government of Tamil Nadu, aims to recognize the initiatives taken by the industry in safeguarding the environment and encourages corporates to become more environmentally responsible.
The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi J. Jayalalithaa gave away the award to Mr. R. Sethuraman, Director-Finance & Corporate Affairs, at a function held in the State Secretariat today.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. R. Sethuraman, Director-Finance & Corporate Affairs, Hyundai Motor India Limited, said, “It is indeed an honour to be recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu for our efforts in environmental sustenance. HMIL has taken its responsibilities very seriously and encourages all stakeholders associated with it to practice environmentally sustainable practices; our initiatives have saved the company over rupees two crores in water bills”.