As we are moving towards a world of sustainability in every aspect of day to day life, organizations are also finding new means for having a smaller carbon footprint. In a bid to be green and environmentally friendly, Skoda is coming up with new biodegradable film to deliver their parts in their plant in Pune, India. Prior to this, the Skoda plant in Pune, India has been in the forefront to lead the ecological welfare. In 2019, among other projects, to make the plant more sustainable, one of the largest solar power rooftop were installed at the plant. This rooftop solar plant consists of 25,7790 panels and has provided 15% of the total power requirement of the plant annually.
According to the Head of Brand Logistics at Škoda Auto, David Strand, “At Škoda Auto we take a holistic approach to continuously improving our ecological footprint. To this end, we systematically encourage our staff to develop and implement innovative concepts. The compostable packaging for our component deliveries to India is a concrete example of this. Together with our colleagues at the Pune site, we are currently successfully testing the use of corn starch-based film. This has enabled us to halve the amount of conventional plastic packaging used on parts delivered there while providing the same level of protection.”
This new biodegradable film that is being used was tested before its official use to check that it protects the vehicle parts as fastidiously as a conventional film. This film will help in cutting down the use of plastic in Indian plant of Skoda. This film was tested at the CKD Centre in Mladá Boleslav. after various films were deliberated upon. The test conducted included various sample consignments to be shipped to India in this film and none of the components were damaged or traces of corrosion were found post reaching the plant.
In order to test the composting of the biodegradable film, the Pune plant employees built a composter on site and recycled the new tested film and other biodegradable waste. Upon inspection, post six months, the film was decomposed biologically This decomposed film is later used as fertilizer for various trees near the logistics park, which were planted by the employees of the plant who converted this wasteland into a park and other plantation near the area. This has helped in improving the soil quality in surrounding area.
This pilot project was started in July 2020 and will run till July 2021.