ABB’s Integrated Campus in Bengaluru receives IGBC Platinum Certificate

01 May 2022 Long Read

ABB’s integrated Nelamangala campus spans over an area of 52,609 sq m area. The campus has been recognised green by IGBC, winning the highest- rating - platinum. It is in fact one of the eight in Karnataka, and one among 63 in India having earned the Platinum rating by IGBC.Catering to the varied needs of customers from across industries, the campus houses eight diverse shopfloors including global feeder factories,a digital switchgear manufacturing facility, a smart factory and a leading-edge robotics factory shop floor that delivers robotic applications and digital solutions.

For recognising its initiatives toward conserving water,  the campus has also been certified as a water positive location by TERI. The phrase indicates replenishing more water than being consumed for the operations. The smart factory in the campus deploys ABB robots to streamline operations optimising efficiencies, reducing energy usage and material waste. The campus has more than 30 per cent green cover and runs 100 per cent on Renewable Electricity (RE100).

Jayakeerthi Anand, Senior Vice President, ABB India,shares, “In line with our Sustainability Commitment 2030, the campus has adopted sustainable measures to provide for an energy efficient ecosystem that reduces our carbon footprint while preserving natural resources.The campus has been recognised for such sustainable practices that significantly contribute to ABB’s journey towards sustainability.” He shares more…

Design approach

The Nelamangala campus was constructed in 2009 with the idea to have an integrated manufacturing campus serving diverse manufacturing needs that holds employee wellness and safety core to its design. From a design perspective, 80 per cent of the shop floor area gets daylight through skylights. And the campus has a good green cover, more than 30 per cent to provide for clean air. In fact, the site location too was consciously chosen to ensure minimal impact on the biodiversity.

Materials used

Most of the construction materials used such as cement, steel, etc were sourced locally (within a radius of 400kms) to reduce carbon imprint, while alongside contributing to social progress. A conscious effort has been made to use recycled and reused material, leading to minimal waste.High Reflective Materials used in the campus minimises solar heat absorption.As a part of our Sustainability Commitment 2030, we are committed to minimising carbon emissions, preserving resources, and bringing about social progress. We continue bringing in more sustainable, green technologies and measures wherever possible to ensure we are moving towards a better, more sustainable tomorrow. The lighting and HVAC solutions for instance, were upgraded to make them more energy efficient. The campus now fully runs on Renewable Energy accelerating our progress on RE100. Having a smart factory with ABB robots, within campus, helps us further bring down our energy consumption, and waste generation.

Energy savings

At the Nelamangala plant, we have tried to turn everything including the diversity of operations, the sheer campus size, and the arid nature of the surroundings into opportunities. To optimise energy usage, the campus design must allow for maximum natural light and adopt more efficient technologies and practices. We focused on improving overall energy conservation by improving lighting efficiency and enhancing energy efficiency of AHU & HVAC systems with high efficiency motors. The campus uses 100 per centgreen electricity (RE100) and a high solar reflective index roof (100 per cent of the exposed roof) while 80 per cent of the shop floor area gets daylight through skylights.

Indoor air quality

We have provided adequate ventilation requirements for all occupiable spaces such as regularly occupied, non-regularly occupied, and unconditioned areas as defined by ASHRAE 62.1-2010.Ouroffice spaces are conditioned through variable refrigerant flow (VRF) and the shop floors are ventilated through optimized hybrid ventilation. The installed ventilation system ensures that an appropriate amount of fresh air enters the workplace to provide oxygen and remove carbon dioxide to make a safe & healthy working environment. Furthermore, usage of low VOC materials within offices and shop floors ensures employees get access to a clean and safe workplace.

Water conservation

At the Nelamangala campus, we have implemented an innovative 6R approach towards 'Water Positivity’ to replenish more water than it consumes at the location. This includes initiatives such as rainwater use and recharge, reduction in the use of freshwater, water recycling, and real-time monitoring of water consumption, recharge, and saving. The Nelamangala unit currently has 17 rainwater recharge wells, 2 recharge ponds along with 5 cross wave technology-based recharge tanks. ABB products such as water flow meters were installed in the rainwater recharge system to capture real-time data.

To reduce consumption of water, we have installed water-efficient fixtures, restricted the use of turf in the landscape area, and planted drought-tolerant plants in 81 percent of the landscape area. The unit has provisions of rainwater tanks for rooftop runoff along with TERI-approved filtration to get suitable water for a variety of end-uses. The campus has achieved close to 85 percent of water recyclability with the help of efficient Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and recycling the treated wastewater for use in gardening and washrooms.The water positivity index for Nelamangala plant is 1.24, which demonstrates the enhanced dependency on secondary water sources such as treated wastewater, rainwater, etc, and lesser dependency on groundwater sources for our operation.


Intrinsically through its design, the campus has ease of access for differently abled people. There are dedicated parking slots, non-slippery ramps for access close to the main entrance, uniformity in floor level, DAP rest rooms and lifts with braille buttons.The campus also promotes e-mobility, provisions for electrical car charging points and environment friendly mode of transport.Towards employee well-being, the campus has provisioned for several break-out areas. A location doctor is available during working hours to cater to any medical needs. The housekeeping chemicals used in the project comply with Green Seal standard (GS-37).

  • Location:Nelamangala, Karnataka. 
  • Features:Received a 'Water Positive' certification from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Received the Platinum rated Green Factory Building certification from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)

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