ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India gets ‘Net Water Positive’ certification

Company achieves Gold standard in Water Conservation Projects implemented at its manufacturing facilities at Chakan, Pune and Shendra, Aurangabad by DQS India

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skodaŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited (ŠAVWIPL) has announced earning the distinguished ‘Net Water Positive’ certification by DQS India Pvt. Ltd.

This is the second sustainability win for SAVWIPL post the ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ certification awarded in 2020 by TUV Nord.

The company has been certified as meeting the GOLD standard for their sustained initiatives toward water conservation and replenishment activities across its manufacturing operations.

According to Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, SAVWIPL, “The net water positive certification is a recognition of the continued focus for SAVWIPL’s commitment to our target of GoToZero and reduce our environmental impact.”

He added: “As we grow our operation, we aspire to remain the flagbearer of sustainable operations and continue to demonstrate the economic viability of fulfilling our responsibility to replenish much more than the impact of our operations to the environment.”

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India continues to implement many initiatives at its production units in Aurangabad and Pune towards its sustainability goals.

For instance, both Aurangabad and Pune operations are zero liquid discharge facilities and boasts of state-of-the-art effluent treatments and recycling facilities along with sewage treatment plants.

The manufacturing untis have implemented various processes to increase water efficiency and have been complimenting the proactive steps to conserve run off water by using a combination of trenches and bunds to improve rainwater harvesting by approx. 500 m3 water every year.

Also, rainwater harvesting structures have been built to conserve water with amazing rain water harvesting technology that can harvest up to 80 per cent rainwater underground.

Two important certifications

According to Sanjay Khare, Board of Director and Vice President Sustainability, Safety & Environment SAVWIPL, “We are immensely proud to have received two most important certifications in the field of sustainability in the span of six months.”

He added: “We are constantly working to reduce, renew, recycle and replenish as much resources in our operations in our strive to retain a positive impact to the environment we operate in and the receipt of the net water certificate is a boost to our efforts in this direction.”

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India achieved the distinguished water positive milestone by sustainable efforts to replenish more water than is consumed across its manufacturing operations at Pune as well as its Aurangabad facility.

This was made possible by a combination of advances in water reduction at our operations, recycling of the valuable resource and replenishing more water in stressed basins, than what is consumed.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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