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COVID-19 has forever changed workplace design and brought to the forefront the need for a workplace that is sustainable.

The coronavirus pandemic has taught us many lessons on conservation and sustainability and the workplace can hardly be forgotten in this equation.

As of fiscal 2020, Continental procures all electricity for its production sites from renewable energy sources. “As a result of Continental’s initiatives to procure green energy, we reduce our direct and indirect global CO2 emissions by 70 percent – from around 3.2 million metric tons in 2019 to 0.99 million metric tons in 2020. In India, we have adopted various measures to take us closer to our goals. For example, if I talk about our Manesar plant, 100 percent of the energy used in 2020 at that plant was from renewable sources. We are targeting to reach 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2021 at our Bengaluru plant. We reduced our CO2 emissions at our manufacturing plants by 25 percent in 2020 (compared to 2019),” says Prashanth Doreswamy, Country Head of Continental India and Managing Director – Continental Automotive India.

Replaced Plastic Bottles at Puravankara Limited
Replaced Plastic Bottles at Puravankara Limited

Apart from controlling many surrounding challenges, sustainability can potentially help businesses grow. It is behind every vision, mission and strategy. Sustainability is not an overnight journey. “Much like any positive disruption, this requires initial capital investment, sensitization to the new process, employee reskilling, etc. However, if we look at the long-term effect, these practices generate huge ROIs for the ecosystem and the company,” signs off Doreswamy.

Read the full story that first appeared in the August 2021 issue of Culturama here:

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