Raipur. Today, Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer, commemorated ‘World Environment Day by organizing a symbolic tree plantation drive at Parsabhata gate in the presence of regional CECB officials & senior officials from BALCO. As part of this drive, BALCO pledged to plant a total of 2020 saplings in and around the Korba region. The company conducted a host of activities, including fixing of “artificial bird nests” for biodiversity conservation, a photography contest on the theme of “ecosystem restoration”, an online environmental quiz for the workforce, and felicitated the team for best energy, water and waste management projects for the year 2020-21. The company followed all the essential norms of social distancing & safety during the event.
Speaking on environment conservation efforts, Mr Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, said, “BALCO is committed to ecosystem restoration and conservation efforts through new technology. We are conscious of our responsibility towards building a stronger and sustainable tomorrow for our future generations through our continuous environment preservation actions. Our commitment to safeguarding the ecosystem is in our vision, corporate objectives, production processes and the way we conduct our business.”
R R Singh, Regional Officer, CECB Korba, said, ‘BALCO is continuously taking important and proactive steps towards safeguarding the environment. Korba has benefitted from BALCO’s environmental conservation measures, and we look forward to more such initiatives in the future.’
Over the years, BALCO has proactively worked for environmental protection and energy conservation. BALCO has taken up Energy Saving and Greenhouse Gas(GHG) reduction as its topmost agenda and has reduced the GHG intensity by 27% over the years. BALCO’s Specific energy consumption has been one of the lowest in the Aluminium Industries across the country. BALCO has also brought down its specific water consumption today by 170% from its previous specific water consumption levels.
BALCO has recently been awarded numerous prestigious awards for its environmental conservation efforts. For the year 2020, BALCO has won the ‘Golden Peacock Sustainability Award’ and ‘CII HSE Excellence Award, Chhattisgarh’. BALCO has also achieved the ‘CII Energy Excellence Award’, ‘Sustainable business of the year Award’ and ‘Energy & Environment Global Environment Award’ in recent years.
The company has set up a scientific Solid & Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) centre in its township to convert organic waste into compost. As part of its commitment to increase green cover in and around the plant site, BALCO has planted more than 5.5 lakh trees. The organization has also been successful in recycling 100% water in its smelter operations.
Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. The government of India has a 49% stake in it, and Vedanta Limited holds 51%. Vedanta Limited is the world’s 6th largest diversified natural resources company and the largest aluminium producer in India. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries.