Sustainability has become a major focus for companies over recent years, and BKT is no exception. As BKT has expanded globally, so has its community of BKT employees, suppliers, retailers, and customers. A crucial aspect of preserving the global community is protecting the planet on which we live.
As a global business, BKT feels it is its corporate responsibility to ensure that safeguard the planet for future generations. This is done by the continuous assessment of its environmental impact and the implementation of more sustainable practices. Sustainability is an ongoing mission for BKT, one the company aims to be transparent about.
ENERGY & EMISSIONS
BKT’s journey began in 2004 when the company set up its first windmill in Rajasthan to produce energy for plant operations. This commitment to green energy has grown exponentially over the past 20 years. Between 2020 and 2021, BKT reduced ITS non-renewable energy usage by 16.4%. BKT’s wind farm in Rajasthan has now an installed capacity of 5 MW per day, powering its Bhiwadi plant in Northern India. BKT is particularly proud of its solar plants at Bhuj and Chopanki, which further enhances its efforts in green energy. BKT’s ongoing strategy has been to deploy wind and solar energy sources and create several projects at the plants to further reduce emissions.
CARBON BLACK PLANT
BKT started producing carbon black in 2019; today, 100% of BKT’s requirements are met in-house. Not only does this guarantee the quality of BKT’s supply, but also reduces the costs and environmental footprint of imports and transport. BKT’s carbon black plant is an energy-efficient system built and set for zero loss of resources. BKT has developed in-house technology integrating carbon black manufacturing with both tire production plants and power generation. BKT has also created a green area and a water body in addition to energy conservation measures.
BKT believes it is its responsibility to conserve water and reduce the groundwater consumption. BKT’s rainwater harvesting systems play a significant role in reducing its groundwater withdrawal. The effluent and sewage treatment plants across the site, in conjunction with large reservoirs at Bhuj, form BKT’s key infrastructure for water conservation. Bhuj, BKT’s largest production site, is a zero-liquid-discharge plant (ZLD), and BKT aims to have all plants follow suit within the next five years.
BKT is committed to a responsible waste management by minimizing waste generation during production, packaging, and transport, and disposing of waste responsibly. BKT has achieved a waste reduction of 14.9% over the last three years, with a zero-landfill status at all its plants. Another focus area is material management: BKT currently has a 1:1 yield ratio (99% accuracy), maximizing material efficiency with no waste.
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BKT’s sustainability efforts not only help safeguard the planet, but it also ensures that you are getting the highest-quality tires at a competitive cost. For more than 30 years, BKT has led the way in the creation and manufacture of safe, innovative, and highly performing tires for several specialist sectors, including the construction, earthmoving, port, mining, and agricultural industries. For more, visit www.bkt-tires.com/ww/us/.
Modern Contractor Solutions, October 2023
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