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UD Trucks Thailand has completed the installation of 1,850 solar panels at its factory in Samut Prakan, located on the outskirts of Bangkok.
This collaboration with Berkeley Energy Commercial Industry Solutions (BSECI) will provide 1,477 MWh of renewable electricity every year. It will reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 16 per cent, or roughly 700 tons CO2 per year. The solar rooftop has the capacity to provide up to 25 per cent of the electricity used at the plant.
With the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, UD Trucks is lowering its carbon footprint by actively using renewable energy sources. In addition to the solar roof project, the Samut Prakan factory has invested in initiatives focused on zero waste to landfill, 100 per cent waste recycling and reducing energy consumption.
Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Head of UD Trucks Operations Bangkok, said: “This is the first UD Trucks factory to install solar panels on such a scale. Our commitment towards sustainability and great collaboration with partners have been instrumental in achieving this key milestone. By utilising environmentally sustainable technologies at our production facilities, we will significantly contribute to Isuzu Group’s target of a 50 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, compared to 2013.”
UD Trucks is committed to making life better through sustainable transport solutions. Partnerships such as this project with BECIS, will play a key role in reducing environmental impacts across the entire value chain.
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