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UltraTech to cut carbon emissions by 680 tonne/year with electric trucks


UltraTech Cement will cut down its transport-related carbon emissions by 680 tonne each year with the introduction of five electric trucks, which it will use for the transportation of clinker from its plant in Madhya Pradesh to a grinding unit in Maharashtra.

The country’s largest producer of cement, with a production capacity of 138 million tonne per year, has pledged to deploy 500 electric trucks and 1,000 LNG or CNG vehicles by June 2025 as a part of the government’s eFast initiative. It currently has more than 390 CNG trucks and 50 LNG trucks operational across 17 manufacturing units.

“The successful pilot of electric trucks, in addition to the CNG and LNG trucks already deployed in our operations, is a significant step in our efforts to enable ‘green mobility,” KC Jhanwar, the managing director of the company said.

UltraTech will be transporting clinker from its integrated plant in Dhar in Madhya Pradesh to Dhule Cement Works in Maharashtra. It has also set up three charging stations for these trucks, with two at these units and one on the route.

The company also plans to increase the usage of green energy by nearly four times from the current levels by 2030, with the long-term target of meeting all its electricity requirements through renewables sources by 2050, it said last month.

It will meet 85% of its total energy requirements from green energy by the end of this decade, up from 22% currently. Its interim target is to meet three-fifth of its total energy requirements from green energy by 2025-26 (Apr-Mar) The Aditya Birla group company is currently in a major expansion phase, and plans to reach a capacity of 200 million tonne. It recently announced an investment of 13,000 crore rupees to add 21.9 million tonne to its existing capacity.Once all the capacities from its current phase of expansion are commissioned, UltraTech will have a 35.5 million tonne capacity in south, 40.4 million tonne of capacity in the east, and 36.2 million tonne of capacity in North. It will also have a 35.7 million tonne of capacity in Central India, and 33.8 million tonne in the West.

Shares of UltraTech closed at 9,934.50 rupees on the NSE on Monday, down 1% from the previous close.


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