HC India submitted the Energy Compact to UN

HC India submitted the Energy Compact to UN

As part of the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE),India has so far submitted 20 Energy Compacts (EC) in addition to the National EC, with contributions from Union Ministries, Smart Cities,  public and private sector organisations. This is a significant milestone for India as a UN HLDE  Global Champion for Energy Transition.

HeidelbergCement India has also submitted the Energy Compact in the first cycle. Our submission was reviewed and added to the India’s energy compact submitted to UN. Our EC along with other ECs assume even greater relevance given India’s enhanced commitments announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi  at the ongoing CoP26 at Glasgow.

HeidelbergCement India has committed itself in supporting the Prime Minister’s target to achieve NET ZERO EMISSIONS by 2070. We are always focused towards usage and production of environment friendly products. Besides HCIL (our Central India arm) being the only organization in the industry which produces 100% green (blended) cement, we have also concerted our efforts to minimize our Carbon Footprint through innovative initiatives viz. installation of WHR, replacing conventional power with green power, increased usage of Alternate fuel, development of green lungs at all our establishments, water positive, responsible mining etc.

Cement manufacturing is energy intensive process. The extensive requirement forces us to partly depend on Grid Power as well to meet our electrical energy requirement. With recent Solar power tie- ups, increased focus on WHR we have able to increase our share of green power contribution from ~16% to above 20%. Increasing our usage of alternate fuels viz. bio-mass, rice husk etc. is further expected to reduce our dependance on conventional power.

Imbibing the values from an environmentally sensitive parent who has commitment of achieving net zero by 2050 apart from the 1.5 degree Paris agreement, we also have targets for reducing our carbon emissions every year w.r.t the previous year. Currently HCIL has CO2 emission of 510 Kg/t as against Indian industry average of 580 Kg/t. While some of HC’s counterparts Globally are resorting to technologies like carbon capture which are extremely big-ticket items in the Indian environment, however it always paves the way for keeping aggressive carbon reduction targets annually and a more concerted effort towards the achieving same.

Energy Compacts are voluntary commitments of action, with specific targets and timelines to drive the progress on the achievement of SDG7, to accelerate action for clean, affordable energy for all. Submission of energy compacts is open to all relevant stakeholders including member states and non- state actors, such as companies, regional/local governments, NGOs and others.

Twenty two compacts were submitted from India by PSUs, corporates and smart cities in addition to the national compact submitted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India and we are one of them.

To promote & facilitate those who had submitted Energy Compact; the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)’s scheduled programme “New Frontiers: A programme on Renewable Energy” to celebrate the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav with the inaugural event “India’s Leadership in Energy Transition” at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

The plenary address was delivered by Shri Bhagwanth Khuba, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy & Chemicals and Fertilizers.  Shri Khuba talked about India’s energy transition commitments and achievements; the citizen-centric nature of the transition and Government of India’s energy compacts submitted to the UN for the High Level Dialogue on Energy 2021.

Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Union Minister, Power and NRE participated in a moderated discussion wherein he took questions covering various aspects of energy transition and climate action, including those from students, and shared his valuable insights with the audience. The Minister interacted with students and answered their queries regarding Renewable Energy targets, Solar Power, 24x7

uninterrupted power for all, Reduction of pollution in Delhi NCR with Renewable Energy, Use of solar agricultural pumps to replace the diesel pumps in the agricultural sector, opportunities in EV sector and investments in Renewable Energy Sector.

Honble’ Ministers honored those who had submitted Energy Compacts where in HeidelbergCement India was also feciliatated.