• Renewable Energy at ITC - Moving towards 50% renewable
    energy share

ITC's Approach

Energy is a key focus area in ITC's strategy for mitigating climate change risks. Since making sustainability a core objective in all business operations nearly two decades ago, it has worked to a low carbon growth plan in which expanding its renewable energy portfolio is a top priority.

ITC currently utilizes wind, solar and biomass energy. Each Company Business is mandated to find the best solution to increase its use of renewable energy. For example, the Hotels Business mainly utilizes wind energy both from commercial grids and self-owned wind farms as well as solar energy. The energy-intensive Paperboards Business mainly uses biomass and further improves efficiencies by only using either locally sourced material or the by-products of its own manufacturing operations.

Systematic implementation of action plans has kept the share of carbon neutral fuels consistently at over 30% of our total energy consumption for about a decade. The current share of about 41% has been achieved despite considerable growth in business and manufacturing operations. Our goal is to progressively scale this up to 50%.

Examples of Renewal Energy Utilization in ITC Units

  • 45% of total energy consumed at ITC's Paperboards & Specialty Papers Divisions units - Bhadrachalam, Kovai, Bollaram, Tribeni & Kovai - are met from renewable sources (eg. bio waste, solar and wind sources).
  • The Bhadrachalam Unit - India's largest integrated pulping and paper mill - uses industrial bio waste like black liquor from the pulping process and waste wood from chipping operations are used to generate thermal power. About 25 MW was generated in 2017-18 from such waste.
  • Boiler fuel for the Kovai Unit - a waste paper based pulp and paper mill - is made from locally sourced chips/sawdust and de-oiled bran.
  • Several of ITC's factories, premium luxury hotels and the ITC Infotech Park in Bengaluru meet close to 100% of their electricity requirements from renewable energy.
  • More than 60% of total electrical energy demand of ITC's super-premium luxury hotels is met through renewable energy sources.
  • The super-premium luxury hotel in New Delhi, ITC Maurya, has an on-site Paraboloid Solar Concentrator to cater to the entire steam and hot water requirements of the property - a global first for the hospitality industry.
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