Saint-Gobain India and Sembcorp Collaborate to Build Green Power Capacity

AR Unnikrishnan, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass Business

Chennai, India – Saint-Gobain India and Green Infra Wind Energy Ltd (GIWEL), a subsidiary of Sembcorp Green Infra (SGIL), have partnered to sign a long-term wind-solar hybrid energy supply agreement. Sembcorp will supply 33MW of locally sourced renewable power to Saint-Gobain’s manufacturing facilities in Sriperumbudur, Perundurai, and Tiruvallur over the next 25 years, supporting Saint-Gobain’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will supply power to Saint-Gobain’s manufacturing facilities. GIWEL will hold a 74-percent stake in the SPV, with the remaining stake held by Saint-Gobain India.

Saint-Gobain India has focused its expansion and development goals on sustainable and renewable energy targets, aligning with India’s Sustainable Economy goals. The Group in India has achieved its mid-term goals for 2025 much ahead of schedule through various initiatives such as shifting high carbon fossil fuels to natural gas, migration of solid fuels to biomass, waste heat recovery & reuse, and circularity actions. It has installed multiple solar plants across India to date. By the end of 2022, the captive solar plants will have replaced nearly 22 million units of electricity. Saint-Gobain India expects renewable energy to account for 44 percent of its electricity consumption by 2023. Rainwater harvesting, urban forest development, and biodiversity actions continue to be key focus areas for climate action.

AR Unnikrishnan, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass Business, commented, “This is a step-in line with our purpose of making the world a better home. We believe in engaging key stakeholders like customers, suppliers, employees, and society at large in making this happen. With like-minded partners like Sembcorp, we are embarking on a low-carbon to no-carbon era, a world that all of us can be proud of and for future generations to enjoy.”

Venkat Subramanian, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Gyproc Business

Reiterating the company’s sustainable growth and energy goals, Venkat Subramanian, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Gyproc Business, added, “We are excited to have the association with Sembcorp for providing renewable energy sourced locally in India. This association shall further support our aim to manufacture sustainable construction material in India. Aimed at fulfilling the ambitious target of 100 percent Green Power by 2027-28, the agreement with Sembcorp is also another step in our continued efforts to add more green capacity through collaboration with green power generators and to meet our sustainability targets.”

In a similar vein, Vipul Tuli, CEO-South Asia, Sembcorp Industries, said, “The partnership with Saint-Gobain is a strong endorsement of our competitiveness and capabilities in renewable energy and aligns with Sembcorp’s Brown to Green transformation. By supporting industry leaders like Saint-Gobain in meeting their carbon neutrality goals through such green partnerships, we are demonstrating our long-term commitment to India’s green energy transition. Hybrid wind-solar power is a clean, viable, reliable supply option to support India’s Atmanirbhar manufacturing ambitions.”

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