By Priti Naik
The PSA Mumbai inaugurated a 1-megawatt (MW) Solar Farm to continue its drive towards sustainability and increasing use of renewable energy sources. The Solar Farm was inaugurated on February 18, 2022 which has a 1.3-hectare facility, featuring rooftop solar panels, projecting to generate 13% of PSA Mumbai’s annual power requirements and reduce CO2 emissions by over 1,200 tonnes per year,
The PSA Mumbai has targetted for a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. Among major initiatives underway, the terminal will deploy a fleet of all-electric Rubber-tyred Gantry Cranes and other e-vehicle options for its Phase 2 development. When the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) rail link reaches JNPT, the goal has been to carry out zero-emission transportation of a container from a vessel alongside PSA Mumbai, via its DFC-ready rail yard and all the way to National Capital Region; as well as many of the 56 Inland Container Depot destinations currently served by rail from the terminal.
During the inauguration ceremony, Managing Director of PSA Mumbai, Mr. Sivakumar Kaliannan said that the team was very pleased to commission the solar farm which is tapping this resource for a brighter and cleaner future. Mr. Kaliannan said that the team was pleased that they have played a major role in meeting JNPT’s target under the Maritime Indian Vision 2030 of 60% renewable power usage.
The commissioning of the solar farm at PSA Mumbai, and the delivery of hybrid Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes to PSA Chennai has underscored their drive to reduce emissions whilst growing PSA India’s volumes and footprint across India. Across the terminal and Container Freight Station entities, many more sustainability initiatives are well underway, ranging from biofuels to energy-efficient smart LED lighting as we work to halve our emissions by 2030.