Maruti to use cow dung for green solutions


NEW DELHI: Cow dung has made its way into the future agenda of Japanese auto giant Suzuki and its Indian subsidiary Maruti.
As the company looks at sustainable mobility solutions for the coming decade, including launching six new electric vehicles by 2030, one of the ambitious programmes that it has chalked out revolves around cow dung. The effort is aimed at tackling the growing CO2 emissions from vehicles and finding new solutions to counter its growth.
“Suzuki’s unique initiative to tackle this challenge is the biogas business, in which biogas derived from cow dungs, which are dairy wastes that can be seen mainly in India’s rural areas, will be produced and supplied. This biogas can be used for Suzuki’s CNG models that account for approximately 70% of CNG car market in India,” the Japanese auto major said in a global presentation ‘growth strategy for 2030’. TOI has reviewed the report.
Suzuki is looking to develop CNG automotive solutions around biogas not only for India, but is planning to export the business to other farming areas in regions, including Africa, Asean, and Japan in the future.
“We believe that the biogas business in India not only contributes to carbon neutrality, but also promotes economic growth and contributes to the society of India,” the company said.
“Suzuki signed an MoU with Indian government agency National Dairy Development Board and Banas Dairy to conduct verification of biogas. We also invested in Fujisan Asagiri Biomass, that makes power generation from biogas derived from cow dungs in Japan,” the company said.

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