Tetra Pak’s packaging material facility in Chakan, Pune, India has been awarded platinum certification by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), which is equivalent to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification awarded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
The company received all 81 credits that it applied for, helping the facility qualify for the platinum rating.
The certification was based on an assessment of the site in six categories – sustainability, water conservation, energy conservation, indoor environmental quality, material conservation and innovation.
Several initiatives, such as the installation of solar panels, rain water harvesting, re-use of waste water and air conditioning from the waste heat of generators, have been undertaken at Chakan to develop it into an environmentally sustainable site, and in particular, IGBC recognized the initiatives of:
- Conserving energy such as using heat from our generators to power air-conditioning and usage of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that also reduce costs.
- Soil erosion prevention and control including the implementation of mulching, preservation of existing trees onsite and the post-construction erosion and sediment control (ESC) measures.
- Access to public transport with shuttle services provided for all employees.
- Natural topography and landscape that is in line with the open space requirement of 10%. Additionally, 41% of the site area is landscaped and will be conserved.