UltraTech Sets Ambitious Green Target: 85% Renewable Energy by 2030

India’s largest cement producer unveils aggressive sustainability plan, including tech partnerships and green logistics push.

UltraTech Cement Limited, the country’s largest producer of the ubiquitous building material, announced a bold green energy push today. The company plans to have a staggering 85% of its total energy mix come from renewable sources by 2030, marking a significant leap forward in sustainability for the often-criticized cement industry.

“As the largest cement company in India, it is our responsibility to lead the way in building a more sustainable and green future for the industry,” declared K C Jhanwar, Managing Director of UltraTech, in a statement. This isn’t just talk; UltraTech has already set an ambitious interim target of 60% green energy by 2026, a threefold increase from its current 22%.

The company’s commitment extends beyond ambitious goals. UltraTech is taking concrete steps towards its green future. It has invested heavily in renewable energy sources, currently boasting 691 MW of green energy capacity through Waste Heat Recovery Systems (WHRS) and contracted renewable energy. Additionally, UltraTech has pledged to invest solely in renewable energy sources for its electricity needs moving forward, aligning with its RE100 commitment.

But UltraTech is not stopping there. Recognizing the challenges of decarbonizing the hard-to-abate cement industry, the company is actively exploring cutting-edge technologies. This includes a partnership with Coolbrook, a Finnish company, to implement their revolutionary RotoDynamic HeaterTM (RDH) technology. This technology uses renewable energy for heating processes, eliminating the need for fossil fuels and significantly reducing emissions.

Beyond its own operations, UltraTech is also working with its partners to green their logistics chains. This sector is a major contributor to the industry’s carbon footprint, and UltraTech is leading the charge by deploying 500 electric trucks and 1,000 CNG/LNG vehicles by 2025.

This ambitious green push is not just good for the environment; it positions UltraTech as a leader in a rapidly evolving industry. As India, and the world, push towards a greener future, UltraTech’s commitment to clean energy ensures its continued success.