World Water Day: Vedanta Aluminium recycles about 15 billion litres of water in FY24

26th March 2024

 

  • The company restored 60 community water bodies around its areas of operations

New Delhi, 26th March 2024: As the world commemorates World Water Day under the theme ‘Water for Peace’, Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, announces the recycling of over 15 billion litres of water across its operations during FY24. For context, this quantity is roughly equivalent to 6,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. Further, it has helped restore over 60 water bodies in communities across its operational areas in rural India during the same period: 47 in Korba, Chhattisgarh, 10 in Jharsuguda, Odisha, and 3 in Lanjigarh, Odisha, demonstrating its commitment to building water-resilient communities. In its journey towards becoming Net Water Positive by 2030, the company has also achieved a significant 11% reduction in withdrawal from freshwater sources.

On the occasion, the company also unveiled three major water management initiatives in progress at its operations in Lanjigarh, home to its world class alumina refinery, at its mining operations at Jamkhani in Sundargarh, Odisha, and at BALCO, India’s iconic aluminium producer and a unit of Vedanta Aluminium located in Korba, Chhattisgarh.

The first is ‘Sangam’, an Integrated Watershed & Livelihood project that builds upon technology-backed initiatives to enhance the livelihoods of rural communities through a participatory approach. The project aims at creating water-based assets across 41 villages in Lanjigarh, Kalahandi district, Odisha, ensuring round-the-year availability of water for drinking and agricultural purposes. The project will also bring irrigation to over 3,500 acres of land under cultivation in the region by increasing the water storage potential and groundwater recharge rate, ensuring that over 22,000 people are able to benefit from the project year-round.

To promote sustainable water management, the team at Jamkhani Mines has created rainwater storage facilities, including 2 ponds with an annual holding capacity of 1.4 lakh cubic meters. These ponds will serve as vital reservoirs for capturing and conserving rainwater, ensuring its availability during dry spells, and aiding groundwater recharge.

Meanwhile, BALCO has undertaken the installation of a Clarifier & Filtration System within its operations. The system can treat coal-mixed water, contributing to the treatment and reuse of over 1.46 million cubic meters of water annually within the plant. The company has also further minimized water consumption by utilizing ashwater generated within its operations through recirculation in its fly ash handling plant, unlocking a potential savings of 1million cubic meters annually.

Speaking on the company’s commitment to efficient water management, Mr. John Slaven, CEO, Vedanta Aluminium, said, “At Vedanta Aluminium, our vision for a sustainable future is rooted in the fact that water is an essential resource, crucial to sustaining the planet. We therefore maintain a steadfast commitment to achieving net water positivity by 2030, through efficient water management practices, which are crucial for sustaining communities and industrial operations. We are backing this up by also spreading greater awareness about the need to conserve water and nurture our existing water sources.”

In sync with the global call for better water stewardship, Vedanta Aluminium organised various activities aimed at fostering responsible water management and the need to conserve water across its operations. Across its operations in Chhattisgarh and Odisha, the company has excavated, cleaned, and desilted 60 community ponds, including 6 check-dams this year, with the help of community participation, before handing over the water-structures back to the village panchayats.

In addition, the company organised activities like an expert-led webinar on water management and a workshop on the company’s water conservation and utilization plans. Employee volunteers joined pond restoration efforts, rejuvenating existing rainwater harvesting structures on the occasion. Engaging activities like short film screenings, quizzes, slogan creation, and poster making were organized at schools to ensure maximum awareness among community members and employees alike. Collaborative awareness efforts with agricultural authorities aimed to disseminate knowledge on efficient irrigation methods to local farmers. Community rallies on water conservation were also organized, led by a collective resolve towards sustainable practices.

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 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

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 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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