Kochi: Being the leaders in the Indian market, Apollo Tyres, has taken the first step towards reducing its carbon footprint across its value chain by kicking-off a pilot initiative by deploying Electric Vehicles (EVs) for the delivery of tyres from its Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) to multiple Business Partners in Bengaluru, in the southern part of India. This initiative, while on one hand, shall address the concern of growing environment pollution, it will also help in providing solution to mitigate impacts of climate change, a release said here on Thursday. Using of EVs for last mile delivery falls under Scope 3 or Value Chain Emissions, which refers to the reduction of carbon emissions emanating out of the value chain of any entity including its upstream and downstream set of activities. Tyre manufacturing has a fairly large value chain and the emissions resulting out of its activities contribute to its overall carbon footprint. Commenting on this initiative, Mr Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Apollo Tyres Limited said “We have embarked on a novel approach of making the delivery of our tyres green. The company has put in place provision for electrification of delivery vehicles in the last mile connectivity.” “In addition to this pilot initiative in Bengaluru, we are in touch with our delivery partners for a similar deployment of EVs in other locations as well,” he said. Apollo Tyres monitors its carbon footprint and reports it annually. The company has been making concerted efforts to reduce its footprint across its activities including the value chain. Apollo Tyres is, not only working towards increasing the share of sustainable raw materials in its products and gradually increasing the share of renewable energy in its manufacturing locations, but it is also undertaking several other initiatives towards securing a sustainable future.