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IIDGR Surat lab installs solar roof

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of De Beers Group, has installed a 34.8 kilowatt solar roof at its grading and inscription facility in Surat, India, to provide the operation with a renewable energy supply.

Generating an average of 56,000 units of electricity each year, the solar plant will reduce the heat load of the building by 90 per cent and significantly decrease the electricity used for air-conditioning, delivering both environmental and financial benefits.

The IIDGR Surat lab is among the first in the diamond industry to use solar power, with the panels being installed on its uniquely curve-shaped roof. The solar plant has a 25-year lifecycle and will have paid for itself within five years as a result of the savings on electricity expenditure.

Jonathan Kendall, President, IIDGR, said: “Over the past two years we've measured our carbon footprint and used this information to adapt our business practices in order to reduce our environmental impact and generate cost-savings in our energy and water consumption.

“Sustainability is key for De Beers and this new solar operation is very much in line with our core beliefs. Meanwhile, the installation of the plant provides financial benefits alongside the positive environmental impact, so we hope to see a continued focus on initiatives such as this across the sector.”

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Notes to Editors

High-res images of the IIDGR Surat lab solar roof can be downloaded here.

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About the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (a part of De Beers Group)

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research has been established by De Beers Group to provide a premium service and proprietary equipment to the diamond industry. Based in the UK, Belgium and India, and run by the world’s top diamond experts, the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research offers a range of expert services. The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research works only on diamonds that meet the requirements of the United Nations’ mandated World Diamond Council Kimberley Process. For more information, visit www.iidgr.com.

About De Beers Group

De Beers Group is a member of the Anglo American plc group. Established in 1888, De Beers Group is the world’s leading diamond company with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers Group employs more than 20,000 people across the diamond pipeline and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company’s operating philosophy, the people of De Beers Group are committed to ‘Building Forever’ by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth. For further information about De Beers Group, visit www.debeersgroup.com.

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