VCS Projects

Biomass Based Cogeneration Plant


Godrej Group

One of India’s foremost diversified agribusiness companies; Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL) was incorporated on November25th, 1991.GAVL is a part of the “Godrej” group, one of the largest professionally run private-sector groups in India which has emerged as a major industrial and agricultural conglomerate acclaimed for the excellent quality of its products and services. “Godrej” group has a well-established presence in varied businesses ranging from foods and consumer durables to real estate and information technology. The group has completed over 100 years of service to the nation and is amongst the admired business groups in India, delivering quality products and services to its customers at competitive costs, with highest international standards of customer care.

Godrej follows a Good & Green Product policy, i.e. having a third of our portfolio revenues comprising good and/or green products and services – defined as products that are environmentally superior or addresses a critical social issue (e.g., health, sanitation, disease prevention) for consumers at the bottom of the income pyramid.

By 2020, Godrej aspires to create a more employable Indian workforce, build a greener India, and innovate for ‘good’ and ‘green’ products.

Specific goals of Godrej Group include –
  • Ensuring Employability Training 1 million rural and urban youth in skilled employment
  • Greener India - Achieving zero waste to landfill, carbon neutrality, energy efficiency, positive water balance and a significant usage of renewable energy sources

GAVL has interests in animal feed, oil palm plantations, agri-inputs and poultry. GAVL has over 40 manufacturing facilities across India with a network of more than 10,000 rural distributors/dealers.

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Project Description

The project is a cogeneration unit and had commissioned one 35 TPH biomass based boiler and a 2.5 MW turbine generator (TG). The generated steam and electricity is used to meet the captive demand of a Greenfield palm oil production unit. The project will use in-house generated renewable biomass fibre, shell and empty fruit bunches (EFB) in the palm fruit processing facility to meet its energy requirements.

Sustainable Development Benefits by GAVL

Employee Benefits

100% senior management employees are from local communities. Employee benefits include medical scheme, mobile bill allowance, providing uniforms as well as other incentives like wedding gifts, etc. GAVL also provides the following employee benefits;
  • Medical Benefit Scheme with Hospitalization Support
  • Group Term Insurance
  • Sustenance Allowance
  • Long Term Absence Support Due to Illness
  • Uncapped Sick Leaves
  • Part Time Work
  • Part Time Working for Women Post Maternity
  • Maternity & Paternity Scheme
  • Day Care Centre

Environmental Benefits

The plant helps conserve local resources, reduces pressure on the local environment and
provides improved health in addition to other environmental benefits. At the same time,
uncontrolled burning of biomass in the absence of project activity is prevented by use in power plant under controlled conditions, thus reducing the production of carbon monoxide and other harmful gases. Further, GAVL group monitors the environmental parameters as follows;

Social Benefits

Family Initiatives by GAVL

  • GAVL recognizes the potential of children of employees by gifting them a congratulatory letter and a cheque on successful completion of HSC and SSC.
  • Employees in the grade of Executive and below are eligible for Education Grant to one child. The employee can choose the child to whom this will be applicable.

Training and Education

GAVL applies philosophy that learning is based on the ‘70-20-10’ principle – 70% of the learning happens on the job, 20% through feedback, coaching and mentoring and 10% through training, executive programs, books and online learning. Supervisors play a critical role in facilitating learning and development. The Company provides continuous skill up gradation and learning opportunities through structured career discussions and individual development plans.

Stakeholder Engagement programs

Drishtee (meaning vision),GAVL partnered with Drishtee, an NGO, to train farmers in Cattle Husbandry to impact the milk yield growth and general health of cattle's through best management practices. Drishtee has facilitated and supported a network of over 14,000 rural enterprises to cater to the critical needs of base of the pyramid.

(meaning self-motivated) provides vocational training and career guidance to young boys and girls from urban and rural communities in pre-identified trades as part of secondary school curriculum. Girls and boys in the age group of 14 - 16 who are studying in secondary schools participate in these training programs. GAVL funds the program and provides the subject matter expertise with a view to transfer modern agriculture and animal husbandry technologies/best practices (among other areas) to rural population and promote livelihood via occupation of agriculture and animal husbandry.