An alternative fuel project from India has won the Gold Award in the FM Global Awards of Excellence 2020.
It was announced this week that 2019 IWFM Awards Finalist and IWFM nominee, GSH India and Kaleesuwari had won the accolade for its initiative ‘Fuel switch: moving from coal to turmeric and chilli’.
FMCG Kaleesuwari and GSH have replaced coal with biomass, including turmeric and chilli, to produce steam for Kaleesuwari’s factories in India.
The results include a 60 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions, a 15 per cent fall in the cost of steam, technical benefits for the plant and a boost for the local community.
In addition to the reduced local emissions, biomass directly generates local employment opportunities that would not be available to the same degree with coal, which is imported from Indonesia.
The method also uses up agricultural and forestry by-products and reduces India’s dependence on fuel imports – a key economic imperative for the country. Biomass ash is also used for soil enrichment, ensuring a circular economy.
GSH is a worldwide facilities management services company providing integrated facility, energy, maintenance and engineering management services.
Kaleesuwari is one of India's largest FMCG companies producing edible oils, food pulses such as channa dal and products for the home including lamp oil.
The Global Facility Management Association (Global FM) is a federation of facilities management associations.
Other award winners included:
Platinum Award of Excellence in FM 2020
Project Name: Environmental Sustainability
Nominated by GFM Member: IFMA
Silver Award of Excellence in FM 2020
Project Name: FARZ – Automated Material Recycling Facility
Nominated by GFM Member: MEFMA
Highly Commended Award of Excellence in FM 2020
Organisation: Blue IoT
Project Name: World First Innovation – Encompass Blue platform
Nominated by GFM Member: FMA