Pharma giant Cipla invests in green energy for production facilities


Third largest Indian pharma company Cipla has added capacity to its solar farm to run manufacturing units in Maharashtra

Cipla has announced the commercial operation of additional capacity of captive renewable energy power plant in Maharashtra & Karnataka.

In January 2021, Cipla had commissioned 30 MWp solar project at Tuljapur, and has now further added 16 MWp of solar capacity for supplying the renewable energy for its manufacturing units/ facilities in Maharashtra.

These projects have been commissioned in partnership with AMP Energy India and is one of the largest solar open access projects in the state set up by a corporate.

This project is a big step forward in our goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025

The project will support the company's green energy requirements for its manufacturing units at Kurkumbh & Patalganga and R&D centre at Vikhroli in Maharashtra, replacing around 70 % of total consumption for these units with green energy.

The Karnataka wind-solar hybrid captive power plant with a capacity of 9 MWp solar + 2.7 MVA of wind has been commissioned in partnership with CleanMax Enviro Energy Solutions. This project will help in migrating 85% of power required to renewable sources for the company's manufacturing units in Karnataka.

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Geena Malhotra, President and Global Head of Manufacturing Operations for Cipla, said: "Sustainability is at the core of Cipla's DNA and this project is a big step forward in our goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. We endeavour to continue growing the share of renewable energy across our sites with an aim to contribute to India's agenda of increasing energy generation from non-fossil fuel sources."

Going green

Over the last 3-year Cipla has added a significant capacity of 66 MWp of equivalent solar power portfolio through various initiatives such as an on-site solar rooftop & ground-mounted solar projects under the RESCO model. It also had a captive solar / wind open access project in partnership with leading IPP (Independent Power Producers).

In FY 22, the company has sourced a total of 68200 mWh of renewable power for its operation across India, leading to 56000 tons of CO2 reductions.

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The company's Global ESG positioning C.A.R.E: Championing Climate Positivity| Accelerating Community Well-being | Raising the Bar on Governance | Enhancing Access & Affordability is aimed at developing a holistic sustainability road map for the future. By 2025, Cipla plans to achieve carbon and water neutrality, zero-waste to landfill, anti-microbial resistance stewardship and green chemistry.