Reliance recognises that climate change poses a significant global threat. However, the Company also believes that prompt action can provide an opportunity to create a healthier, happier, secure, and more resilient future. Consequently, Reliance advocates urgent on-ground implementation of action to move beyond dialogue and commit to the global energy transition agenda. Based on this vision, Reliance announced its ambition to become Net Carbon Zero by 2035.
The Reliance Commitment
Reliance is leading the way in designing decarbonisation solutions to build a sustainable future for the Company and the nation by embracing new technologies and pathways to combat climate change. The Company is transforming to build and scale a comprehensive green energy ecosystem in India.
As one of the largest energy markets globally, India will play a pivotal role in transforming the world’s energy landscape. Reliance is focused on growing businesses of the future and making India a stronger economy by leveraging its strengths in finance, talent management, technology, and project execution capabilities. Reliance sees investments in renewables and alternative energy as a proactive step to ensure a sustainable tomorrow for future generations. The Company is pivoting its operations to play a more relevant role in the renewables and alternative energy space as they become the dominating constituents of the future power generation mix.
To achieve its ambitious Net Carbon Zero target, Reliance announced to:
Establish and enable 100 GW of solar energy by 2030
Invest in the value chain, partnerships and future technologies, including upstream and downstream industries
Build Giga Factories
to create and offer a
end-to-end renewable energy ecosystem
Transform its business to Net Carbon Zero operation
Net Zero Strategy
The sheer magnitude of Reliance’s Net Carbon Zero target makes the associated responsibilities as well as opportunities far more transformational and global in scope than anything the Company has ever done before. Reliance has a strong legacy of executing numerous projects that were unparalleled in scale and impact and pioneered transformational business models. However, the Company always believes in getting its first principles of business right.
Today, Reliance’s approach is no different, with foundational principles underlining the Company’s progress towards a 'Net Carbon Zero' future as outlined below:
Reliance has made a strong start on the ambitious journey to become Net Carbon Zero by 2035. The Company envisions becoming one of the world’s leading New Energy and New Materials Company over a period of 15 years through a strategic focus on:
a recyclable resource
Clean Energy Transition
In 2021, Reliance announced an investment of `75,000 crore in building its New Energy business, led by the belief that large organisations have a responsibility to solve the biggest and most complex problems facing humanity. The investment will fund the setting up of Giga factories to manufacture and integrate critical components of the New Energy ecosystem, which will be one of the world’s largest such integrated renewable energy manufacturing facilities.
Reliance is making significant progress in developing the Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex, which spans 5,000 acres in Jamnagar. This progress is a reflection of the Company’s strategy to establish Giga factories to realise its vision for the New Energy business. Reliance is on track to create a fully integrated manufacturing ecosystem, complete with secure and self-sufficient supply chains. The Company has invested in and formed partnerships with leading companies in the fields of solar power, batteries and electrolysers. These investments and partnerships will provide Reliance access to unique technology know-how and talent, enabling the Company to drive a disruptive transformation in the New Energy sector globally.
Making CO2 a recyclable resource
Reliance is fully committed to the transformation of CO2 into a recyclable resource, thereby fostering a sustainable future. By prioritising innovation, the Company is actively engaged in the exploration of advanced technologies that effectively convert CO2 into valuable products.
Reliance’s investments in carbon capture and utilisation technology will play a pivotal role in utilising CO2 as a valuable resource instead of releasing it into the atmosphere. The Company continuously explores novel catalytic and electrochemical transformations to leverage CO2 as a valuable feedstock, paving the way for the production of high-value chemicals and materials.
At Jamnagar complex, the Company is actively working towards the utilisation of CO2 from highly concentrated streams from the gasification complex. Significant strides have also been made by the company in harnessing photosynthetic biological pathways, allowing for the conversion of CO2 emissions into high-value proteins, nutraceuticals, advanced materials, and biofuels.
Reliance is also considering Carbon Capture Utilisation and Sequestration (CCUS) pathways such as but not limited to synthetic fuels and chemicals, mineral carbonation in construction materials, algae cultivation for biofuels and food supplements, and other technology-led solutions.
A dedicated R&D team actively collaborates on national and international projects, aiming to fully unlock the potential of CO2 utilisation. Under the Company’s flagship programme, Algae to Oil, a ground-breaking technology has been developed that can transform sunlight, CO2 , and seawater into renewable bio-crude. This revolutionary technology holds immense potential for converting CO2 into valuable products, thereby contributing to the fight against climate change.
The R&D team has achieved significant
milestones, including the development
of a stable catalyst that efficiently
converts methanol and CO2
Di-methyl carbonate (DMC) products. The process and catalyst have been scaled up to the pilot stage. Additionally, the team has patented a sorbent-based circulating fluidised bed process for concentrating CO2 from dilute flue gases emitted by refineries and power plants.
Replacing Transportation Fuel
Reliance aims to progressively replace transportation fuels with sustainable alternatives like clean electricity and hydrogen. By embracing these cleaner energy sources, the Company significantly reduces carbon emissions and promotes a greener transportation sector.
Additionally, Reliance is transitioning from traditional transportation fuels to chemical building blocks such as ethylene, propylene, and aromatics that are integrated with downstream derivatives. Furthermore, the New Energy and New Materials businesses are designed to complement traditional fuels with clean electricity and hydrogen, aiming to achieve an optimal mix of reliable, clean, and affordable energy and storage using solar, wind, and batteries.
To enable this transition, Reliance is collaborating with global partners to commercialise its world-leading proprietary Multi-zone Catalytic Cracking (MCC) Technology.
Towards Net Carbon Zero Operations
Reliance’s businesses have captive energy requirements that generate a significant base-load demand, supporting the Company’s objective to establish Giga-scale manufacturing operations. This captive demand reinforces the strategic direction supporting Reliance’s investment of `75,000 crore to create a fully integrated New Energy manufacturing ecosystem in Jamnagar. Upon validating the feasibility of this initiative at scale, Reliance is ready to double its investment to further scale up the manufacturing ecosystem. The Company aims to establish 20 GW of solar energy generation capacity by 2025, which will be solely utilised to fulfil the captive needs of round-the-clock (RTC) power and intermittent energy for Green Hydrogen.
The Company has made considerable headway in developing photosynthetic biological pathways to transform CO₂ at Jamnagar into high-value products.
In February 2023, the Company unveiled it’s first Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine technology for heavy-duty trucks and buses. Reliance is also exploring hydrogen fuel cell technology solutions, and is partnering with auto manufacturers and others to create a sustainable future for transportation.
Reliance is committed to advancing bio-energy to meet its captive energy needs. The Company aims to further build on this by leveraging new and emerging technologies and innovations. In this regard, Reliance inaugurated Phase I of its Bio-Energy Technology (BET) Centre in Jamnagar on August 15, 2022, the day India celebrated its 75th Independence day. The Company has already begun using biomass extensively as a fuel to produce green energy at scale. Within just one year, Reliance has replaced almost 5.3% of energy consumed at its Dahej and Hazira sites with green power and green steam. The Company is confident that initiatives like these, combined with the transition to renewable power for its O2C assets, will accelerate its journey towards becoming Net Carbon Zero.