Atlas Copco has started powering its compressor factory in Chakan, India, with solar panels. The move contributes to Atlas Copco’s goal to continuously reduce the environmental impact from its operations.
The factory was inaugurated in 2013, manufacturing industrial and portable compressors for the Indian and global market. Energy efficiency has been a major focus at the facility from the start, including a roof insulation to avoid the need for air conditioning. An eco-friendly design for rainfall harvesting allows a water autonomy of 8 months a year. This green factory building is IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) Gold certified, in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design) best practices. In addition, the factory has an ISO 50001 certificate for energy management since 2016, on top of the triple certification ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001.
Said Vagner Rego, President of Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area, “This is a win-win as it benefits the environment and our bottomline.”
Atlas Copco Product Company Chakan is a leader in Lean manufacturing, providing continuous improvements, like the installation of solar cells on its rooftop. The plant is now almost autonomous in electricity, powered at 80% with renewable energy. The factory environmental footprint will now save 600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.