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Dalmia Cement launches e-truck initiative

Two EVs come in, 20 more in a year

Dalmia Cement targets to be carbon negative by 2040, MD & CEO Mahendra Singhi said

MUMBAI, Dec 28 (The CONNECT) - Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited (DCBL) has kickstarted its e-truck initiative by acquiring two of the proposed 22 High Capacity e-vehicles.

The pioneering move will accelerate DCBL’s sustainability goal of lowering carbon emissions as well as optimise the company’s overall logistics cost.

The balance 20 will be put to use before the end of FY’22. Supporting the government’s mission of Atmanirbhar 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 transaport slag, a major raw material for cement manufacturing, from Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) plant at Rourkela to its cement manufacturing unit in Rajgangpur. Additionally, the company has commissioned 2 charging stations at its Rajgangpur Unit to be followed by three more  by March’22.

“Achieving environmental sustainability has always been a priority for us at DCBL from a business and a 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,” said Mahendra Singhi, Managing Director and CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited.

“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,” he said. 

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 and educational initiatives and promoting 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 and Unit Head - Rajgangpur, said, “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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