Vedanta Lanjigarh launches fly-ash brick manufacturing scheme for local entrepreneurs18th April 2022
- Announces free-of-cost fly-ash and subsidized transportation for those willing to set up brick manufacturing units
Lanjigarh, Kalahandi district, Odisha; April 18th, 2022: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, launches fly-ash brick manufacturing scheme for local entrepreneurs, whereby it offers fly-asho the local brick manufacturing units, with subsidized transportation facility. Fly-ash is a by-product of thermal power generation using coal, which fuels the company’s alumina refinery operations. It is a sought-after resource material for various applications in the cement, construction and infrastructure industries. It is widely used as a blending material for manufacturing of Portland Cement, manufacturing of bricks, blocks and tiles, ‘green’ highways and road construction, low-lying area development, etc.
Bricks made of fly-ash are not only lighter and stronger than traditional clay bricks, but also play a crucial role in preserving nutrient-rich topsoil from being used as raw material. This amounts to estimated savings of 1.9 metric tonnes of topsoil for every tonne of ash brick manufactured. Besides, ash brick manufacturing is an eco-efficient process, contrary to the energy-intensive process of producing clay bricks in brick kilns that results in substantial greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, for every tonne of ash bricks manufactured, an estimated 5900 kg of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions are avoided. It also makes for a healthier working environment for those involved in the brick manufacturing process.
Speaking about the program, Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, said, “stainable development is at the core of Vedanta’s strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Since inception, Vedanta Lanjigarh has rolled out deep interventions in the realms of livelihood, education, healthcare, and community infrastructure, and worked with local communities to improve the socio-economic status and overall well-being. With the fly-ash incentive policy, we aim to foster a flourishing ecosystem of local brick manufacturing units, thereby helping boost rural entrepreneurship and create sustainable livelihoods in the process.”
Shri. Mohan Sabar, General Manager – District Industries Centre, Kalahandi, Bhawanipatna, appreciated the fly-ash brick manufacturing scheme and stated that this will definitely boost the morale of existing brick manufacturers and motivate aspiring entrepreneurs to set up new units. He has advised the company to closely work with District Industries Centre (DIC), Kalahandi, to further bolster this program, including creating an ecosystem for ancillary and downstream industries in the area.
Vedanta Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium, producing half of India’s aluminium i.e., 1.97 million tonnes in FY21. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. The company operates a 2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity alumina refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha), India since 2007 and an associated 90 MW captive power plant. 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 company have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by Government of Rajasthan. 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 at 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. Vedanta is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. 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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