Earth Day: Vedanta Aluminium unveils new Material Recovery Facility at Jharsuguda to encourage circular economy14th April 2023
- The facility will help convert tonnes of waste into useful resources for further usage
New Delhi; 24th April 2023: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, observed Earth Day 2023 at its operations across Odisha and Chhattisgarh through several initiatives reinforcing its continued commitment to building a sustainable future. The company has now achieved a significant milestone in this endeavour by deploying a new Material Recovery Facility, a specialised plant to segregate and process waste into useful materials, at its operations in Jharsuguda district, Odisha, home to one of the world’s largest single-location aluminium smelters.
A major step towards the company’s goal of achieving ‘Zero Waste’, the new facility will help treat and sustainably manage waste material generated at the Jharsuguda plant, channelling them into new productive uses. In March 2023 alone, the facility has converted 27,828 kgs, or nearly 28 tonnes, of dry and wet waste into several useful materials. Recyclable valuable waste generated from the Material Recovery Facility is further utilised within the plant’s operations, such as bio-compost and briquettes utilised for horticulture activities. Any non-recyclable materials generated from the Material Recovery Facility are sent to cement industries for co-processing, demonstrating new possibilities in establishing circular economy avenues within the domestic manufacturing landscape.
This has resulted in the mitigation of over 34,820 kgs of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, while also resulting in energy savings of around 48,735 kWh gained by diverting waste from being relegated to landfills towards more gainful avenues. As per expert estimates, the energy saved is enough to power the equivalent of 100 LED Televisions for 6090 hours, 100 laptops for 8120 hours, and 1000 LED bulbs for 6090 hours.
On the occasion, Mr. Rahul Sharma, CEO – Aluminium Business, Vedanta Ltd. said, “At Vedanta Aluminium, we are committed to creating a sustainable future where business needs grow in perfect harmony with the planet’s needs. Aluminium, utilised in several cutting-edge applications, is also acknowledged as one among the crucial metals that will lead the global transition to a low-carbon future, making it ‘the metal of the future’ in more ways than one. Our organizational efforts are therefore aimed at creating long-term value for all our stakeholders while minimizing our impact on the environment and also encouraging sustainable practices within the communities in which we operate, as we together work to realize the mutual goal and need for a greener planet.”
In addition, the company organised several volunteering and awareness initiatives to sensitise employees, business partners and local communities on individual responsibility towards preserving planet Earth. At Jharsuguda district in Odisha, Vedanta’s employee volunteers partnered with State Forest Department officials to undertake a clean-up drive at Singhabaga, an important wetland area that is home to several species of migratory birds.
At BALCO, the company’s subsidiary in Korba, Chhattisgarh, employees received insights on integrating environment-friendly practices into their daily lives. The company also celebrated the occasion with local community members in collaboration with officials from the State Forest Department, sharing with them the importance of forests and sustainable sources of livelihood linked to forests. Employee volunteers also placed eco-friendly earthen pots in the vicinity of the plant premises to provide relief to animals and birds from the summer heat. Similarly, at Vedanta’s alumina refinery in Lanjigarh, Odisha, employee volunteers planted a community garden with medicinal herbs like aloe vera, ashwagandha, tulsi, insulin plant, and peppermint.
Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.29 million tonnes in FY23. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for the aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.
About Vedanta Limited:
Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, Golden Peacock Award for excellence in Corporate Governance 2022 and certified as a Great Place to Work 2022. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.
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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:
Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.29 million tonnes in FY23. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.
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