Korba. Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO) is a strong proponent of leveraging next-gen technology to make its manufacturing process sustainable and reduce its carbon footprint. BALCO has reduced its power consumption in its ‘potline 1’ at its smelter in Chhattisgarh to 12,862KWH/MTwhich is at par with global standards. This potline has the best performance in India and the Gulf countries in terms of specific power consumption. A smelter is a plant where aluminium is produced through smelting, which involves extracting it from its oxide, alumina. A potline is a long building, or collection of buildings, which contain a series of “pots”, or large electrolytic cells, in which aluminium is made. The company has achieved this benchmark by deploying a combination of high-end technology and indigenous innovations.
Speaking on BALCO’s carbon footprint reduction, Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director BALCO, said, “We are committed to sustainable development and judicious utilization of resources. BALCO is one of the early adopters in India to explore smart technologies for heightened operational efficiencies. These investments and skills further bolster the culture of safety and productivity that we have meticulously fostered across the organization. We are conscious of our responsibility towards building a stronger and sustainable tomorrow and, therefore, are actively exploring innovations that help reduce our carbon footprint. We are ensuring a future-ready organization for a self-reliant India.”
The company has integrated smart technologies and design modifications to reduce its specific power consumption using a graphitized pot with thermal modelling and other digital interventions. The company relentlessly drives innovation and continuous improvement in its smelting technology.
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 by 170% from its previous specific water consumption levels, one of the lowest amongst its peers.
BALCO has been the recipient of various awards and accolades for its environmental conservation efforts. For the year 2020, BALCO has won the ‘CII Energy Efficiency Award’, ‘Golden Peacock Sustainability Award’ and ‘CII HSE Excellence Award, Chhattisgarh’. BALCO has also achieved the ‘International Green Apple Award’ ‘The CII Energy Excellence Award’, ‘Sustainable Business of the year Award’, ‘National Award for Excellence in Energy Management and ‘Energy & Environment Global Environment Award’ in recent years.
Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. Vedanta Limited is one of the world’s largest diversified natural resources companies and the largest aluminium producer in India. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum (mtpa) aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.
About Vedanta Cares
Vedanta is committed to reinvesting in the social good of its neighbouring communities and the nation. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, Vedanta is setting up 10 ‘field hospitals’ with 1,000 beds for COVID -19 patients across India. The company has pledged Rs. 150 Cr to help the country fight against the rapidly spreading second wave of Covid 19. The company had contributed Rs 201 crore last year in the wake of the Covid crisis catering to the livelihood of daily wage workers, preventive health care and support to all its employees and contract partners across its plant locations.