Tata adopts green supply chain strategy transportation soda ash

Tata adopts green supply chain strategy for transportation of soda ash

10:27 AM, 2nd August 2012
Tata adopts green supply chain strategy for transportation of soda ash

MUMBAI, INDIA: Tata Chemicals has adopted a green supply chain strategy for the transportation of loose soda-ash by deploying Lupa bulkers. Worth Rs 45 lacs ($80550), Lupa bulkers are vessels that are specially designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo which are pneumatically loaded and unloaded, thereby making the complete process automatic, cost effective and eco-friendly.

The bulker is already in operation at Tata Chemicals’ Mithapur plant in Gujarat. Each bulker has an approximate capacity of 25 tonne and can replace 3 million plastic bags each year. The company plans to incorporate 10 more bulkers in financial year 2012 – 2013.

“As a significant global soda-ash manufacturer, Tata Chemicals is committed to reducing CO2 emissions and its environmental footprint in support of environmentally benign and responsible transportation of chemicals, thereby taking a pioneering step in the Indian chemical industry,” said Zarir Langrana, COO, Chemicals Business, Tata Chemicals.

“In the near term, we are targeting 1,50,000 metric tonne of movement of soda ash by bulkers which will help in CO2 reduction since there will be no usage of plastic bags and material handling equipment. A move like this within the industry will certainly revolutionise the way bulk chemicals are transported in India. We are also planning other alternate and innovative modes for long distance bulk movement of soda ash,” added Langrana.

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