CHENNAI: Indian Railways' coach manufacturing unit Integral Coach Factory (ICF) located in Perambur was awarded the first prize in the ‘National Energy Conservation Award’ for 2014 by the union power minister Piyush Goyal on December 14.
The markers for the awards are based on initiatives taken by organisations to conserve energy and decrease in specific energy consumption. ICF has bagged this award for the second consecutive year. The award was received by Ashok Agarwal, General Manager, ICF.
ICF generates its entire electrical energy requirements for the factory work shops and offices from the renewable source of energy by setting up seven wind Mills of 1.5MVA capacity each in the Tirunelveli district. Incidentally, it is the only production unit to source its energy requirement from wind energy.
The energy requirement for manufacture of the Equated Coach Unit (ECU) in ICF has come down from 10,211 units in 2009-10 to 8,828 units in 2013-14 due to adoption of various energy conservation measures implemented in coach production, a release said.
The award is instituted by the Ministry of Power and is decided by the Award Evaluation Committee under the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The awards are given during the National Energy Conservation Day on December 14 every year.