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SUSTAINABLE EFFORTS IN AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR Dalmia Cement Bharat leads sustainability efforts with launch of India’s first e-trucks initiative

Jan 10, 2022

Accelerating transition towards green mobility, Dalmia Cement unveils high capacity electric trucks

Dalmia Cement (Bharat) (DCBL) recently launched its e-truck initiative in India. This move will accelerate DCBL’s sustainability goal of lowering carbon emissions as well as optimise the company’s overall logistics cost. With the introduction of the company’s new EV truck fleet, the CO2 emissions pertaining to the diesel trucks will be reduced significantly.

As part of the initiative’s first phase, two of the proposed 22 high capacity electric trucks have been put on track and the balance 20 will be put to use before the end of FY’22. Supporting the government’s mission of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, IPL Tech, India’s first manufacturer of high capacity trucks, has been commissioned by DCBL to provide the first of its kind EVs. The company will be plying the trucks to transport slag, a major raw material for cement manufacturing, from the facility of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) at Rourkela to its cement manufacturing unit in Rajgangpur. Additionally, the company has commissioned two charging stations at its Rajgangpur unit and three more charging stations are to be installed by March, 2022.

Speaking about the development, Mahendra Singhi, MD & CEO, DCBL, said, “Achieving environmental sustainability has always been a priority for us at DCBL from the business and social standpoint. While we are grateful that our government is creating the right policy and investment environment that encourages organisations to take positive environmental action, as private organisations, we need to take the lead. DCBL has always led the agenda of creating a holistic business ecosystem that encourages sustainable growth. By introducing our electric vehicle (EV) fleets nationally in partnership with SAIL, we are confident we will be able to achieve our sustainability goals of becoming carbon negative by 2040.”

DCBL’s decision to focus on EV adoption will help improve environmental conditions as well as lower health risks in and around the areas it operates in. Along with leading climate action, reducing pollution, enabling the community through life skills & educational initiatives and promoting the optimal use of water resources, the company’s e-trucks initiative will also help ensure renewable energy integration.

Commenting on the initiative, Chetan Shrivastav, Executive Director, DCBL & Unit Head - Rajgangpur, cited, “As India’s pioneer in green cement manufacturing, we are making concrete efforts to introduce innovative solutions that promote sustainable transport as well as increase the decarbonisation of our fleet. We are confident that our commitment to walk the green path will pave the way for smarter transport that optimises energy use.”

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