GEA takes strides towards eco-friendly manufacturing at its sites in India

GEA takes strides towards eco-friendly manufacturing at its sites in India
Photo - GEA

GEA is taking a decisive step towards sustainability by implementing and expanding solar power at its sites in Bengaluru and Vadodara, India. This initiative underscores GEA's commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and move towards greener production practices, closely aligned with its Climate Transition Plan 2040. The solar power installations at both sites are estimated to save nearly 900 metric tons of CO₂ emissions annually.

The installation of the photovoltaic panels, which use heat-safe photovoltaic technology, marks an important contribution to the use of renewable energy sources for operations. With a total installed capacity of 811 kilowatt peak (KWp), nearly 50 % of the power needs of all GEA-owned properties in India are covered by solar energy.

Johannes Giloth, chief operating officer (COO) of GEA, said, “Fostering solar power at our Bengaluru and Vadodara sites is a significant step forward in our global sustainability strategy, enhancing our operational efficiency. This initiative reinforces our commitment to reducing carbon emissions and showcases GEA’s dedication to being a leader in eco-friendly manufacturing practices.” 

Commitment to safety and holistic sustainable practices

Safety has been paramount throughout the implementation of GEA's solar power project. Solar panels with back glass and special features have been used to mitigate risks such as overheating and power surges, ensure optimal performance and protect against potential hazards such as fire incidents. Moreover, all installations at both sites comply with global safety standards, demonstrating GEA's commitment to industry-leading safety protocols and sustainable initiatives.

In addition to solar power, GEA has implemented several other sustainable projects at its Indian sites, including the installation of LED lighting, wastewater recycling, waterless toilets, and the promotion of electric and hybrid vehicles across its supply chain. These efforts underscore GEA's determination to advance sustainable practices.

Suvneet Jain, Country Managing Director of GEA in India, added, “By investing in photovoltaic installations at all viable locations in the Vadodara and Bengaluru units, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also setting an example for the industry in India. Harnessing solar energy reflects our commitment to environmental stewardship and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.”

GEA’s multi-purpose complex in Bengaluru specializes in manufacturing equipment for the Separation and Flow Technologies division and covers an area of 38,200 square meters.
GEA’s multi-purpose complex in Bengaluru specializes in manufacturing equipment for the Separation and Flow Technologies division and covers an area of 38,200 square meters. Photo - GEA

About GEA’s sites in Bengaluru and Vadodara

GEA's Bengaluru site specializes in manufacturing equipment for the Separation and Flow Technologies division. The multi-purpose complex in Bengaluru covers an area of 38,200 square meters and includes production areas and a service and training center for the business unit Separation. Approximately 200 workers are employed in Bengaluru, and more than 50 percent of the products are exported.

GEA’s office and production site in Vadodara is staffed by a total of 700 employees and focuses on the technologies from GEA’s divisions Liquid & Powder, Food & Healthcare, and Heating & Refrigeration Technologies. Over 50 percent of the products are exported to other countries in Asia. Covering a manufacturing complex spanning over 40,700 square meters, a site improvement program since 2018 has already enhanced sustainable practices. In 2021, the first photovoltaic systems were installed to generate energy for the office areas. Today, all GEA-owned properties in India use solar energy.

GEA’s office and production site in Vadodara. Nearly 50% of the power needs is covered by solar energy.
GEA’s office and production site in Vadodara. Nearly 50% of the power needs is covered by solar energy. Photo - GEA

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