Vedanta Jharsuguda wins Kalinga Environmental Excellence Award 2020

21st October 2021

Jharsuguda, Odisha; 21st October, 2021: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium and value-added products, has been conferred the Kalinga Environment Excellence Award for exemplary environmental performance in the year 2020. This prestigious and coveted award recognizes best practices in the field of environment sustainability, where industries are evaluated on parameters like water and waste management, energy conservation, environmental best practices, etc.

Receiving the award, Mr. Deepak Prasad, Dy. CEO – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, said, “At one of the world’s largest aluminium smelters in Jharsuguda, we are committed to the principles of sustainable and environmentally-conscious growth, as we work towards fulfilling the needs of the nation through aluminium, the green metal of the future. Our business imperatives are fulfilled through an unwavering commitment towards adoption of the best technology, ensuring highest standards of process efficiency and resource utilization, and creating circular economy value-chains, to create a lasting positive impact. The Kalinga Environment Excellence Award is a testimony to our endeavours against those commitments.”

Vedanta Jharsuguda’s approach to environmental management includes a suite of best-in-class technologies and sustainability-focused operating procedures, with the underlying ethos of ‘Zero Harm, Zero Waste and Zero Discharge’. Advanced pollution control technologies, robust processes, globally benchmarked best-practices, etc. are in place for air, water, land and waste management. Few examples of environmental highlights:

  • Deployment of cutting-edge technologies and advanced data analytics at smelters and power plants to enhance asset performance and energy efficiency, and reduce wastage.
  • 354 Million Units of green power purchased in Q1FY22 for producing green metal aluminium; a milestone in green energy procurement and highest in India
  • 32 lakh trees planted in and around plant operations till date in FY22, as part of ‘Vedanta Cares – Green Cover’ initiative.
  • 86 lakh litres of water were recycled in FY21 for further usage in various processes.
  • 8% reduction in GHG emission intensity in FY21 from 2012 baseline.
  • ~370800 GJ of energy conserved in FY21 alone, through numerous energy saving projects.
  • 100% ash utilization in avenues such as cement production, brick manufacturing and backfilling of mine void, etc.

Vedanta is India’s largest producer of the green metal, aluminium, operating a world-class 1.6 MTPA aluminium smelter and 3615 MW thermal power generation facility in Jharsuguda, Odisha. The only Indian smelter in the global ‘1 Million Tonne’ production and export club, Vedanta Jharsuguda is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications across core industries. With its state-of-the-art facilities, unparalleled engineering prowess, R&D and innovation abilities, Vedanta Jharsuguda is working towards a sustainable and greener future for all by spurring emerging applications of aluminium, the ‘Metal of the Future’.

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., 2.37 million tonnes in FY24. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 1st in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment 2023 world rankings for the aluminium industry, a reflection of its leading 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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