Coonoor: The Tea Board of India has begun work on a $2 million energy-saving programme for small tea processing factories. in three southern Indian states
The four-year programme in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu will lead to annual savings of 150,000 tonnes of carbon-dioxide emissions per factory, said R.D. Nazeem, executive director of the Board, the government’s trade promotion agency. Energy audits in 144 tea factories found that they were spending Rs6.26 on energy to produce 1 kg of tea, about 35-40% of the processing cost, he added.
Two factories will be part of a pilot project this month. Interventions based on this will be developed for other factories, Nazeen said.