Among the most critical issues that loom large before the human race today, albeit arguably, are global warming, increasing pollution levels, and climate change. And though most of developed world has acknowledged the problem, the rapid industrialization, overwhelming fuel consumption levels and high dependence on advanced technology has brought them to a point of no return.
Yet, as part of their commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), these countries are doing what they can. As per the CDM, their broad objectives are to assist developing countries in achieving sustainable development and in contributing to the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - which is to prevent dangerous climate change; and to assist industrialized countries in achieving compliance with their quantified emission limitation and reduction commitments.
Saint-Gobain Glass India (SGG I) Ltd is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in France, the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of various types of flat glass. The India chapter was established and has been fully operational since 1999. The SGG I World Class Manufacturing facility at Sriperumbudur, a 2000-year old temple town, 40 km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu has made an impact merely by its presence, sprawled over 175 acres of land. This plant manufactures various types of flat glass through the float glass manufacturing process. The facility houses two Float Lines, two Automotive Processing lines, a 5 million sq metre state-of-the-art Mirror Processing Line, a state-of-the-art Magnetron Coater facility and a mega Roof Water Harvesting Reservoir with a capacity of 58 million litres.
While it follows that a plant of this scale and nature will use enormous amounts of raw material, natural resources and furnace oil that will pollute the environment and deplete reserves, SGG I has always kept a close eye on these issues and championed the cause of not just socially responsible but also environment-friendly business practices. This claim was reinforced early this year upon the receipt of 2 awards from the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) by SGG I. These were the
Apart from this, SGG I offers a portfolio of glass products that caters to the needs of green architecture and sustainable development. This unique portfolio includes solar control glass (an umbrella that encompasses reflective glass, and advanced high performance glass), low-e glass, self-cleaning glass and high-quality eco-friendly mirrors. Even clear float glass is free from elements that could in any way be detrimental to the environment or to human health. All these products are free from harmful substances like lead, copper and arsenic, and focus on imparting energy-efficiency.
To add to the feather in SGG I’s green environmental initiative, the heat Energy from Glass Furnace Flue gas is utilised to generate Electricity .A waste heat recovery Boiler is installed in the Flue gas stream to convert waste heat energy into supersaturated steam. The steam is used in Turbine to generate useful Electrical Energy.
Aerial View of Waste Heat Recovery Boiler
With great pride and joy, SGG I now officially announces that the WHRB-TG project is registered as CDM Project in UNFCCC on 21/06/2010.