CHENNAI, India — Ford India has bagged the prestigious first prize in the first ever Green Award announced by the government of Tamil Nadu for companies which demonstrate a commitment to environment protection through appropriate manufacturing practices.
Tom Chackalackal, executive director, Manufacturing, Ford India, received the award from Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalitha. The ceremony was also attended by State Environment Minister BV Ramanaa, V. Kapoor, chairman, The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) --the state agency for environment protection, S Balaji, Member Secretary – Environment and Forests and other dignitaries from various Industries.
“It is indeed a matter of great pride and honour to receive the award on behalf of the team the very first time it was announced. At Ford India we remain committed to implementing the best practices of manufacturing that are environment-friendly, reduce waste and increase green cover and we will continue this in the future,” said Chackalackal.
The award carries a trophy and citation that states the achievement of the winning organisation. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) “appreciates and recognises the effective role of the unit in taking effective action to reduce the use of fossil fuels, increasing green cover, encouraging use of non-conventional energy and energy efficient systems as well as introducing recycling and reuse of solid and liquid wastes in the process itself,” the citation said.
Ford India was nominated for this award by the TNPCB in the heavily industrialised Northern Zone along with other big multinationals like Hyundai, Nissan and Saint Gobain.
Several best practices such as planting more than 21,000 trees in and around the plant, adoption of 3-Wet paint technology and Membrane Bio Reactor (MBR) system to reduce water and energy use, zero solid and liquid waste discharge and using rooftop solar water heaters were the reason behind Ford India winning the award.
“Caring for the environment remains a top goal for us even as we manufacture more and more cars, and we try to do it through efficient and green manufacturing practices. I’m delighted that the government has recognised our efforts in this area and honoured us with this award,” said Michael Boneham, president and managing director, Ford India.