In a volatile and uncertain world, organizations today need to constantly improve the social, environmental, and economic conditions in which it operates. These are the three pillars of sustainability, even if one pillar is weak then the system as a whole is unsustainable. At Piramal Glass, we take responsibility for the environment around us by constantly cultivating our environmental footprint.
Over the years we have made a significant transformation in our processes to achieve our sustainability goals. As an ISO 14001 certified organization, we have constantly invested in the field of environmental preservation. Today, we not only meet our regulatory requirements but also make a significant contribution to the environment as a result of our ongoing initiatives.
A vital element in our environmental sustainability is to use raw material and energy responsibly. We have successfully reduced energy usage, cut carbon emissions, increased the amount of recycled glass, and created a safer and greener work environment. In our manufacturing process of glass packaging, we create value towards all the three important pillars of sustainability – i.e. economic, social, and environmental.
Believers in Glass
For our commitment to the society and the environment, we have tied up with the Social movement, Believers in Glass, which highlights the benefits of using glass and the health hazards pertaining to the usage of plastic.
Efficient Energy Consumption
Our furnaces are designed to create better efficiency and minimum emissions. As a preferred energy source, with very low level of Sulphur, Natural Gas (NG) is used in our furnaces for more than 90 percent of the time. All our furnaces are equipped to handle dual fuel systems. To make the furnaces more energy efficient, few of them are equipped with electric boosting along with NG. Glass recycling also helps us in saving energy as cullet melts at a lower temperature than raw materials. Thus, less energy is required for the melting process.
As part of our sustainability strategy, we have added a renewable power source in our consumption portfolio. We have successfully installed Solar Roof-top system of 2 MW at our India facilities and of 3 MW at our Sri Lanka facility. We have also successfully installed Wind-Power system of 8.4 MW in India. These systems are future ready and are gaining significant popularity as a viable means to reduce carbon emissions. Solar Energy generation is not only contributing to green power generation but also helping us in rationalizing the energy cost. In the near future, we are planning to install more such Solar Roof-top systems and also large-scale Solar-Farms.
Post-Consumer Recycled glass capability
As part of our commitment to increase the quality and quantity of glass to be recycled, we have developed the capability to support glass recycling of Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) glass. Majority of PCR waste doesn’t get re-melted back to glass and this creates problem both for the environment and for the local authorities. Hence, we designed a process and structure to collect PCR glass from end-consumers through dedicated collection bins placed at various strategic locations.
Recycling improves the environmental balance, both ecologically and economically
We have been recycling glass for more than three decades. Reusing used glass has vastly improved the environmental balance of our glass production. We have reduced our emissions and waste production because of recycling and other sustainable initiatives. We are maximizing the intake of cullet (crushed glass ready to be remelted) in our furnaces. For our glass production, we can use up to 60 percent of the used glass.