Carlsberg Group has unveiled a new investment in a solar thermal desalination project in India.
The water purification facility, which will be 100% solar-powered and will use thermal and electrical energy to distill water, is due to be commissioned by mid-2021 and is predicted to generate 20,000 litres of clean drinking water a day.
The project is designed to serve a town of 4,000 and is located in the Sundarbans in West Bengal, a region which is considered to be at a critical point because of the consequences of the rising sea levels.
A community-led water distribution model, designed in partnership with WaterAid and Strathclyde University in the UK, is also set to support local women entrepreneurs by providing employment.
Cees ‘t Hart, Chief Executive Officer of Carlsberg Group, said: “Water is one of the four main ingredients in beer and healthy communities with access to clean and safe water is a prerequisite for our breweries around the world.”
Rishi Chawla, Vice President Corporate Affairs at Carlsberg India, commented: “India is already experiencing the global water crisis. This collaboration has huge potential both in creating a sustainable solution to the crisis and at the same time providing the opportunity to engage women from the local community to lead and manage the distribution of this precious resource.”