India : ACG leads the green way

In the past few years, ACG has shown the industry that its activities increasingly go beyond business and brains; one that works with its heart. Any new project that ACG takes up is one more ’green step’ ahead.

Starting any green field project is always very challenging and requires efforts to settle down fast and start its operation within stipulated timelines with optimum utilization of assets. However, for ACG, this eco-friendly move has had the enthusiastic backing of an enthusiastic senior management team. Till date, using recycled water from effluent treatment plants, employing vermin-compost for agriculture, promoting ‘One Hut One Tree’ concept in villages near the factories and many other such initiatives have paid rich dividends. The jewel in the crown for ACG’s green initiatives is its state-of-the-art capsule manufacturing facility in Pithampur, near Indore, Madhya Pradesh where the company has incorporated green features during the design and layout stages of the facility.

According to the company, every bit of care and precaution has been exercised while executing the green project. Sockets have been provided for charging electric vehicles in parking spaces and energy-efficient lighting fixtures have been included. The company has automated water efficient fixtures to an onsite ETP plant for 100 per cent water treatment and has highly-efficient HVAC systems to CFC-free refrigerants and fire suspension systems. The company uses Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood and also recycles or reuses 95 per cent of construction waste. It has provisions for improving indoor air quality as per American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards and uses low VOC content paints, sealants and adhesives.

The green features at ACG’s Pithampur factory was recognised by the Indian Green Building Council in May 2014 as the first plant in the Indian pharma industry to be awarded Gold rating by LEED India. The certification emphasises ACG’s continued commitment towards sustainability and recognises the efforts in building sustainable sites, saving water, reducing energy consumption, recycling building material and improving indoor environmental quality.

Selwyn Norohna, Chief Executive Officer, ACG Associated Capsules said, “ACG has always been steadfast in its social responsibilities, be it health and education-related initiatives or our long-standing environmental commitment. A Gold rating from esteemed and internationally recognised organisations such as IGBC and LEED acknowledges our efforts to build a sustainable future, not just for ourselves, but for our future generations as well.”

Source: Financial Express

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