Tata Chemicals showcases its biodiversity conservation projects at the UN CMS COP13 Gujarat, India

Tata Chemicals is participating in the ongoing United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (COP-13) in Gandhinagar. Hon’ble Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) Shri Prakash Javadekar and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijaybhai Rupani visited the kiosk of Tata Chemicals set-up at the exhibition being held at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar.

Ms. Alka Talwar-Chief, Sustainability & CSR, Tata Chemicals, greeted the dignitaries during the visit and showcased the Company’s successful conservation initiatives such as, Save the Whale Shark project, water birds conservation, coral reef conservation, mangroves, and indigenous flora conservation project etc.

Shri Vijaybhai Rupani visiting the TCL stall at CMS COP-13 event in Gandhinagar
“Tata Chemicals demonstrates a high level of commitment to sustainability. Sustainability is well embedded in the Company’s corporate philosophy and is an integral part of its legacy and vision.  We believe that a commitment to sustainability and a triple bottom line approach ensures its global competitiveness and promotes an inclusive, sustainable growth.  It is towards this end that TCL has been involved in various community development and environment conservation initiatives.” said Ms. Alka Talwar-Chief, Sustainability & CSR, Tata Chemicals.

As a responsible corporate citizen, Tata Chemicals always ensures that sustainability is weaved in the Company’s growth along with improvement in the quality of life of the communities around, whilst not compromising on environmental conservation and restoration.

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Tata Steel recognised as a global leader for engaging suppliers to manage climate risk & emission

Sanjaya K.Mishra 

Tata Steel group, one of the top global steel companies, having nearly 30% of India's total annual crude steel capacity has been recognised as a global leader for engaging with its suppliers on climate change. The Company has been awarded a position on the Supplier Engagement Leaderboard by environmental impact non-profit CDP Global. Tata Steel is among four Indian majors and the only Indian steel company to achieve this feat. According to CDP, there is a huge potential to be tapped in the private sector to drive environmental action. The supply chain emissions account for nearly 5.5 times greater than operational emissions. And, to take meaningful action, the companies must leverage their purchasing power, and collaborate with their supply chains.

Tata Steel has been recognised for its actions and strategies to reduce emissions and manage climate risks in its supply chain in the past reporting year. According to a Tata Steel press release, CDP assessed more than 4,800 companies in total to give a Supplier Engagement Rating, based on answers to selected questions about governance, targets, scope 3 emissions, and value chain engagement and their response to the CDP 2019 climate change questionnaire and their overall CDP climate change score. Tata Steel is among the top 3% of organisations assessed by CDP, one of 159 companies on the Leaderboard this year.

Tata Steel’s VP, Supply Chain, Dibyendu Bose, said: “The steel industry is an integral part of the global economy and as a responsible corporate citizen, we will continue with our efforts to engage with our suppliers to emulate best practices, drive improvement in their environmental performance, and enable a transition to a sustainable economy. Over the years, Tata Steel has built an entire ecosystem to support its efforts in reducing carbon footprint across the steel value chain. An independent recognition of our efforts, such as the one we now have from CDP, is indeed encouraging and motivates the team on this journey.”

Dexter Galvin, Director of Corporates and Supply Chains at CDP, said: “Congratulations to all the companies on the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard for this year. They are showing leadership on engaging their suppliers to manage climate risk and cut emissions. Given that supply chain emissions are on average 5.5 times as high as a company’s operational emissions, this couldn’t be more crucial. If we are to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and decarbonize the economy, then other companies learning from these leaders and engaging their suppliers is going to be vital”. 

During the CDP 2019 disclosure cycle, Tata Steel responded to over ten customers and shared updates on value chain engagements beyond the Company boundary e.g. (a) collaborations on Life-cycle assessment (b) implementation of light-weighting of automobiles: value analysis / value engineering studies to optimise the steel product mix in vehicles and introduction of Advanced and or Ultra High Strength steels, (c) collaborations on yield optimization across the value chain, (d) collaborations linked to the Circular Economy. The Company has also integrated climate change in organisational decision making by adopting Carbon pricing.

In 2019, Tata Steel Limited was recognised by the global steel body ‘World Steel Association’ (worldsteel) for participation in the CO2 emissions data collection programme 2018-19. Tata Steel has been contributing to the CO2 data collection programme for the last 11 consecutive years.

Over the last three decades, Tata Steel has made concerted efforts in various areas including supply chain to mitigate climate change and manage climate risks. The Company has embarked on a journey to transform into low-carbon business and breakthrough projects like HIsarna, investments in Carbon Capture pilots, R&D’s pursuit of economical hydrogen production, and Steel Recycling Business, bears testimony to this commitment.

Tata Steel plays a constructive role in addressing climate change - both by reducing our carbon footprint, and by creating high performance steels that lead to fuel-efficient vehicles and energy-efficient buildings. The Company’s Environmental Management Systems at all its main manufacturing sites meet the ISO 14001 standards. The release also states that Tata Steel’s efforts encompass several initiatives such as waste-heat recovery, zero-effluent discharge, solid waste utilisation and bio-diversity management, among others. Reforestation, setting up of eco-parks, plantation of trees and enhancement of the green cover around our plants are some of the other initiatives the Company regularly undertakes.

CDP is a global non-profit that runs the world’s leading environmental disclosure platform. In 2019, over 8,400 companies disclosed environmental data through CDP at the request of 125 major purchasing organisations with US$3.6 trillion in purchasing spend, and 525 investors with US$96 trillion in assets, making it the gold standard in corporate environmental reporting. 

CDP has created a new wave of corporate sustainability leaders takes responsibility for the impacts of their value chain. They know they cannot understand and mitigate climate risks without working with their suppliers. Once engaged by their corporate customers, the next companies in the chain must unleash the ripple effect: suppliers themselves must work with their own suppliers. As per the CDP’s most recent supply chain report, “Changing the Chain”, major companies working with CDP have potential to cut a gigaton of emissions by driving their suppliers to increase their average proportion of renewable power by 20 percentage points. CDP data shows that the percentage of responding suppliers who report engaging their own suppliers on climate change risk has increased by 35% to 40% from 2018-2019. For engagement on deforestation issues and sourcing sustainable raw materials, this grew modestly from 23% to 24%. Reported engagement on water security grew from 17% to 18% between 2018 and 2019. 

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Wipro Earthian Awards 2019 on the theme of Waste, Biodiversity, Water and Food


The acclaimed global information technology, consulting and business process services company, Wipro, organized the 9th edition of the Wipro earthian awards for 2019 on 8thFebruary 2020. Wipro earthian is described as one of India’s largest sustainability education programs for schools and colleges. The annual awards recognize excellence in sustainability with in the education process in schools and colleges in India. The 2019 edition of the program received over 1300 project entries, out of which winning entries from 10 schools and 8 colleges were selected by an independent jury.

Participating teams from various schools demonstrated their understanding of biodiversity, waste and water through a combination of activity-based learning programs and written essays. The teams from colleges submitted journalistic entries on the themes of water, waste and agriculture in the urban sustainability context. They were felicitated by Rishad Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited as part of a day-long event at Wipro’s campus in Sarjapur in Bangalore.

The awards were distributed on the theme of Waste, Biodiversity, Water and Food. The winning institutes were awarded a certificate and cash prize. According to a press release by Wipro the winning institutes will also get opportunity to engage with Wipro and its expert sustainability partners through continuous collaborative programs for an in-depth understanding of issues critical to sustainability.

The Wipro earthian awards was incepted in 2011. Since inception, it has got threefold increase in terms of the number of participants. The program has engaged on a cumulative basis with over 55,000 schools and colleges, 130,000 students and 13,000 teachers from across India. The expanded reach of the program has been catalyzed by support from Wipro’s education partners such as Centre for Environment Education (CEE), C.P.R Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC), Wild Ecologues and state governments, who provide on-ground support to Wipro earthian during the participation cycle of the program.

Anurag Behar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wipro Limited said, “Wipro earthian is our flagship program that tries to bring together the themes of sustainability and education in meaningful ways. The program helps stimulate curiosity and interest in young minds in critical areas of sustainability. The ninth edition of Wipro earthian involved an outreach to schools and colleges across 29 states and 3 Union Territories, including remote locations such as Ladakh, Sunderbans, Majuli island, Little Rann of Kutch and the Nicobar Islands. As Wipro-earthian enters its 10th year, we hope to see it continue to evolve in its scope and scale and play a catalytic role in helping the young citizens of today to become responsible leaders of tomorrow.”

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IndianOil & Phinergy of Israel JV to manufacture of Metal-Air Batteries

 04.02.2020, New Delhi: In the swiftly changing Electric Vehicle (EV) market scenario, to brace up the emerging energy alternatives and to firm up viable, customer-convenient automobile battery technology options, Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil) has firmed up its equity participation in Phinergy, Israel, for production of metal-air batteries. 

Phinergy specialises in aluminium-air (Al-Air) and zinc-air battery systems that have great potential applications in electric mobility and stationary applications. Aluminium is naturally available in India and their extraction and recycling technologies are also very well established. IndianOil's collaboration with Phinergy in the field of Al-Air will help in reducing import dependence of the country and isolates the country's energy requirements from global geo-political and currency risks.

According to a press release on 4th February 2020, initially to begin with, IndianOil has taken a minority equity stake in Phinergy (Israel). IndianOil and Phinergy are now in the process of forming a Joint Venture in India for collaboration in the field of Al-Air battery system including research & development, customization, manufacturing, assembly, sell and service of aluminium-air energy systems technology. The joint venture intends to setup a factory in India to manufacture Al-Air batteries for Electric Vehicles and stationary applications and facilitate development of eco-system for Al-Air technology. 

Referring to the affirmative step in battery technology space, Mr. Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IndianOil, said that IndianOil is evaluating and firming up a number of opportunities to provide Indian automobile consumers feasible and scalable alternative energy options. "We are confident that this Al-Air battery technology would complement Lithium ion batteries to provide a hybrid solution for large-scale adoption of electric vehicles in the country. Al-air battery technology has advantages on a number of factors like range, energy density, safety of operations, life-cycle etc., the India-centric," he added.

Phinergy is a start-up in clean and high energy-density battery systems based on metal-air technology, which generates electricity using aluminium or zinc as an energy source mainly. Phinergy's CEO, Mr. David Mayer added "Phinergy is glad to join forces with IOCL and share the vision of enabling clean and affordable energy solutions for India".

Both companies are in discussions with leading auto manufactures for adoption of this technology in 3Ws, cars & buses, and they have also shown interest in evaluation and subsequent adoption of this technology. 

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New ‘Material Recovery Facility’ Set-Up inaugurated at Belapur by Varanasi Municipal Corporation

Recycling of each tonne of segregated dry waste reduces around 0.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions

21st January 2020,  Varanasi:  A ‘Material Recovery Facility (MRF)’ set up was inaugurated by the Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC) on 20th January 2020 at Bhawania Pokhri, Belupur. The set up was made in partnership with Tetra Pak, Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as part of “Development and Management of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in India”. The facility is aimed at increasing the collection of recyclable wastes and to strengthen the waste management across the city. The NAMA project is funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India is the nodal Ministry for the NAMA project. The new MRF will function as a waste sorting centre, where plastic, mixed-waste paper, paper-based cartons, etc. are separated and baled. While the MRF will focus on dry waste, the location of the MRF has been chosen strategically as the compound also hosts a VMC biogas plant to process the wet waste collected and turn it into electricity, making it a truly ‘zero-waste’ site.  

The land for the facility at Bhawania Pokhri has been provided by VMC, while Tetra Pak has provided the equipment and in partnership with NAMA project of GIZ and TERI is providing technical expertise related to ‘Municipal Solid Waste’ (MSW) management with an objective to reduce ‘Green House Gases’ (GHG) emissions from waste management sector. The initiative will also support the awareness and capacity-building for waste-pickers across the city. GIZ and TERI are together responsible for driving awareness among consumers about the segregation of waste at source, as well as educating the waste-picker community on the best waste management practices.

In his address, Shri Gaurang Rathi, Municipal Commissioner, Varanasi Nagar Nigam said, “I would like to thank Tetra Pak, GIZ and TERI for joining hands with Varanasi Municipal Corporation for setting up this Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Along with the MRF the NAMA project is focusing on achieving source segregation at the household level and engaging informal sector for MRF operations. Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives like these will be instrumental in achieving sustainable MSW management in Varanasi. In my view, this decentralized MSW management model is ideal for replicating in other parts of Varanasi and to other cities. The Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi's vision of Swachh Bharat can be achieved with the help of such initiatives. Therefore, I encourage all stakeholders to cooperate for successful implementation of source segregation and decentralized waste management in Varanasi.”

On this eve, Shri Jaideep Gokhale, Vice President Sustainability, Tetra Pak Asia Pacific said, “We strongly believe that recycling can turn waste into wealth. For more than 16 years we have been working towards creating a sustainable collection and recycling ecosystem for our paper-based and fully recyclable packages. Today this ecosystem covers more than 23 cities in India and 1 in every 2 carton packages sold in India is recycled. We are happy to share our expertise and experience with committed partners such as VMC, TERI and GIZ to help realise PM Modi’s vision of a ‘Swachh Bharat’ and further increase collection and recycling of used paper-based cartons.”

In the inauguration programme, Shri Ashish Chaturvedi, Director-Climate Change, GIZ India said, “Varanasi is one of the biggest tourist hubs in the country and attracts millions of tourists every year. A bustling city like Varanasi needs a robust waste management system. The NAMA project is focusing on reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions due to unsustainable waste management like landfilling or burning of waste. Recycling of each tonne of segregated dry waste reduces around 0.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Over the past 12 months we have educated around 310000 people and 100 waste-workers who are the catalysts to changing the waste landscape in Varanasi. With the inauguration of this MRF and the increased focus on awareness-building, we believe that the current waste landscape will see a massive change.”

Dr. Suneel Pandey, Director, Environment & Waste Management, TERI said, “According to the baseline study conducted in Varanasi by TERI as part of a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) project, if waste management is not done properly, it could lead to an increase in GHG emissions. For a city like Varanasi, it could mean more than 1,35,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2020. Therefore, to reduce GHG emissions there is an urgent need to improve waste management in the city. Initiatives such as this MRF will go a long way in accelerating this change.” 

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GAIL commissions India’s 2nd largest Rooftop solar PV at Petrochemical Complex, PATA (UP)

GAIL (India) Limited commissioned India’s second largest rooftop solar PV power plant at its Petrochemical Complex at Pata, Uttar Pradesh. The 5.76 MWp Solar plant is spread over the roofs of Warehouses covering a total roof area of 65, 000 square meters. With an expected PLF of around 15% annually over 79 Lakh KWh of electricity is targeted to be generated for captive use of India’s largest gas based petrochemicals plant.

Shri. B. C. Tripathi, CMD of GAIL delightedly said, “GAIL as a marketer of benign natural gas is thrilled to integrate captive solar PV towards achieving lower carbon footprint at our major installation”.

Captive solar pv initiative of GAIL shall reduce carbon emissions by 6300 TPA and help India achieve climate goals under COP21. GAIL’s solar rooftop project is also a step under ‘Make in India’ with Indian vendors entrusted for manufacture, supply and execution.

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Tata Motors signs an MoU with Prakriti E-Mobility Private Limited to deploy Tigor EVs in New Delhi

27th December 2019: Accelerating the transition to sustainable  transportation  for the masses, Tata Motors today announced a  partnership with Prakriti E-Mobility  Private Limited, to deploy 500  Tigor EVs in New Delhi. Prakriti E-Mobility  Private Limited, an EV  based taxi service co-founded by Nimish Trivedi, Vikas Bansal  and  Rajeev Tiwari, will deploy the Tigor EVs on its app-based platform  EVERA,  which will serve in Delhi/NCR, reinforcing its commitment to  service clients while  enhancing sustainability. The first batch of over  160 Tigor EVs is expected to hit  the road by January, 2020. 

Speaking on  the occasion, Mr. Shailesh  Chandra, President – Electric Mobility Business  & Corporate  Strategy, Tata Motors Ltd. said,“Prakriti E-Mobility  Solutions  is a valuable partner on our path of social responsibility  and environmental  sustainability. We are confident that Tigor EVs will  be a stellar addition to  their company’s offerings as it aptly  addresses the requirements of longer  range applications and also  provides higher revenue earning potential for our  commercial customers.  The induction of Tigor EVs will not only help the company  achieve  their business goals but also accomplish their objective of offering  eco-friendly  mobility solutions.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Nimish Trivedi, Co-Founder & CEO,  Prakriti E-Mobility Private Limited said, "Keeping in line with our commitment to  offer ecofriendly mobility solutions, we are excited  to begin offering Tigor EVsto  Delhities and are very proud to partner with Tata Motors in this journey. We strongly believe  in the inherent benefits of zero emission  and lower operating costs of EVs will be the ultimate  game-changer for  commuting in the city. We plan to deploy 500 Tigor EVs in New  Delhi  and bring EV solutions closer to our customers." 

USD 44 billion organization, a leading global automobile manufacturer of  cars, utility vehicles, pick-ups, trucks and buses - Tata Motors is playing a leading role  in proactively  driving electric mobility in the country. The company’s latest addition  of Tigor EV comes with a range of 213  kms, certified by ARAI, offers  an enhanced driving range, low cost of  ownership, connectivity, comfort  of a sedan and zero emissions. To  know more about the Tigor EV, please  visit: https://tigor.tatamotors.com/electric/

About Prakriti E-Mobility Private  Limited:

Prakriti  E-Mobility Private Limited has been  established with a goal to start a global  revolution in the industry of  commercially used electric vehicles (EVs).  Though, initiating in  India, we thrive to expand our services globally in a bid  to combat  climate change and reduce the carbon footprint while enhancing the  user  experience for our customers. Our unique app-based taxi service will  not  only get customers from Point A to Point B but will also contribute  for the  greater good of the planet. This app will allow users to book  cabs that are all  electric. As a result, their journey will give off no  emissions and will help  reduce the carbon footprint one journey at a  time. We have also worked on the  short comings of other cab services  for to optimize the user experience for  customers. Some of our key  features include 

  • Zero Surge  Charge: No amount of traffic or demand will bring about a  change in the cost of  the journey. As a result, customers can book  cabs without worrying about absurd  prices.
  • Zero  Cancellations: Our driver can’t cancel the trip and only our customers have the  ability to cancel their trip.
  • Zero  Emissions: As our fleet is all electric, there will be no  emissions in their  lifespan. As a result, cities will eventually be  able to breathe easy without  worrying about toxics fumes from exhaust  pipes.

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Tata Power's journey towards UN SDGs; making a sustainable difference for over 100 years

26th December 2019

Tata Power, India's largest integrated utility,  through the century has endeavoured to achieve societal and economic  development. It has supported various causes such as health, nutrition,  education, water and sanitation, livelihoods, social justice and  inclusion, skilling, migration and urbanisation, environment, digital  literacy, craft and culture, and disaster management to name a few.

It has reaffirmed its commitment by supporting the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by demonstrating its  alignment to the chief 14 sustainability goals out of the 17, set by the  United Nations.

With an overarching theme to popularise the UNSDG  goals and demonstrate its support, Tata Power launched a social media  campaign to communicate the impact of the company's accomplishment for  the 14 UNSDGs. The campaign reached over 1.7 million people through  various social media touchpoints and achieved an overwhelming response.

Some of the key UNSDGs that Tata Power support include:

  • Adhikaar, a social-economic and governance based initiative  by Tata Power has tapped in to 14 national and state initiatives which  has benefitted over 3.5 lakh community members in 15 states across the  country;
  • Built 13,402 household toilets under its Mamta and Sammaan initiatives benefitting 4.7 lakh people across 4 states;
  • Over 16 lakh school children benefitted from Vidyasagar, a remedial and technology-based coaching for school children from 16 location in the country;
  • Dhaaga initiative that has created an ecosystem of garment  and handicraft-based micro enterprises that supports 1050 women artisans  in 13 states.
  • Act of Mahseer, a 4-decade long initiative to conserve fresh water fish while also creating livelihood for local communities.

"Tata Power has a long tradition of working  closely with and for the benefit of the local communities. Broadly, this  is done by ensuring that the pursuit of economic objectives is also  linked to larger social and sustainability concerns like climate impact,  poverty, education, gender equality and others. We have aligned our  sustainability initiatives to the UNSDG framework, to demonstrate our  support, thereby achieving our goals on a regional and global level",  said Shalini Singh, Chief-Corporate Communications & Sustainability, Tata Power

The campaign was launched earlier this month, to  showcase of its participation in the COP 25 -UN Climate Change  Conference held on 2nd - 13th December 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

The UNSDGs, also known as the Global Goals, were  adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call  to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people  enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The 17 SDGs are integrated - that  is, they recognise that action in one area will affect outcomes in  others, and that development must balance social, economic and  environmental sustainability.

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JICA Supports India's Effort for Energy Efficiency, Switch to Clean Energy

New Delhi:  As India is 3rd largest energy consumer in the world behind China and U.S. and holds nearly 6% of world energy consumption according to BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2019, India is one of the key countries for improvement of world energy conservation. As the country celebrates the National Energy Conservation Day on December 14, the government of India makes a conscious effort to conserve energy and move to renewable sources such as the aim to introduce 175 GW by FY2022 under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.  
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has long cooperation with the Government of India in energy efficiency and renewable energy sector towards sustainable development.  
Speaking on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, said, “India’s energy consumption is growing and energy derived from coal is 57% of the country’s energy mix. The effort to shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy by a large country like India has enormous impact to the world. As India celebrates the National Energy Conservation Day, JICA reaffirms its commitment to wholeheartedly support the country's effort to diversify its energy mix and realize economic growth in a sustainable manner.”  
JICA has supported install 9.3 GW energy capacity in India with 1.0 GW in the renewable sector. JICA’s support on projects for modernization of transmission and distribution lines has also promoted energy efficiency in the country. JICA has supported transmission and distribution projects across Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Odisha and Uttarakhand.  
In addition, JICA provided Japanese ODA loans of 60 billion Yen (approximately INR. 4,000 Crore)  to the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) in total of 2011 and 2014 under which over 36 sub-projects across the wind, solar and small hydro energy sectors has been supported.  
Further, in the context of energy efficiency, JICA provided Japanese ODA loans of 90 billion Yen (approximately INR. 6,000 Crore) to Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in total of 2008, 2011 and 2014 which supported more than 5,000 sub-projects to improve the energy efficiency of MSMEs in India.  
This support by JICA has the potential to reap rich dividends on a large scale, enabling a sizeable chunk of India’s industrial base to switch to sustainable sources of energy.  According to Small & Medium Business Development Chamber of India, MSMEs currently contribute 45% of India’s industrial output and 40% of total exports. SMEs form 95% of the total industrial units in the country.  
MSMEs consume approximately 25% of energy consumed by the entire manufacturing sector in India. However, MSMEs are generally slow in adopting energy saving measures and consume energy in an inefficient manner compared to large companies. This is mainly due to lack of access to medium-long term financial resources and technical knowledge. It is JICA’s aim to address these need gaps through targeted interventions. 

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NTPC wins the ‘Golden Peacock Award for Sustainability’ 2019

 NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power generation company, has been bestowed with the ‘Golden Peacock Award for Sustainability’ 2019, during the 19th International Conference on Corporate Governance & Sustainability held in London (U.K.).

The award was conferred by the Institute of Directors (IOD), India. Justice (Dr.) Arijit Pasayat, former Judge, Supreme Court of India was the Chairman of the Jury for the awards. The award was received by Shri Biswarup Basu, CGM (SSEA) and Shri Vikash Kumar, DM (SD) on behalf of NTPC Ltd.

Sustainability Award has been given to NTPC for its efforts to provide cleaner and green energy, to minimize environmental impact. NTPC Ltd has adopted high efficient sustainable technologies such as FGD for SOx emission control and de-nitrogen oxide (NOx) systems at all its power stations.

NTPC is steadily increasing its renewable energy portfolio by power generation from solar, hydro, wind. NTPC has showed its commitment by adopting proactive approach in making Zero liquid discharge (ZLD) and taking Water Conservation measures (Reduce, Recycle & Reuse) during its power generation.

NTPC Ltd. country’s largest power generation company currently operates with 55 power stations (23 Coal, 7 combined cycle gas/liquid fuel, 1 Hydro, 1 small Hydro, 1 Wind and 11 solar projects) and has 10 coal and 1 gas station, owned by Joint ventures or subsidiaries taking the capacity to 57,106 MW.

NTPC aims to achieve total installed capacity of 130 GW by 2032. 

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World should know ONGC’s 98/2 success: Petroleum Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC)’s discovery, development and production of 98/2 in the world’s toughest geological formations should be brought on to the world stage, observed Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, while reviewing the Assets in Andhra Pradesh on 8 November 2019 in Rajahmundry Asset premises.

Appreciating the technical expertise of ONGC personnel in utilizing the hydrocarbon reserves from the world’s toughest deep water geological zones coupled with high pressures and high temperatures, Shri Pradhan exhorted ONGC to give utmost attention to the KG offshore and on-land. 

Further, he wanted ONGC to study the recovery and monetization methods adopted for small finds by nations like Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia to implement in KG Offshore. Rope in advanced technologies available in the world, he suggested. The Minister said, “I want ONGC to monetize eastern offshore finds in a big way by 2022 as per the given timeline and win global recognition. It will be a great occasion for the nation and ONGC employees. I will visit KG on-land and offshore regularly to see the progress of the given schedule.”

The Minister recommended studying the possibility of replicating the Western offshore model of development for east coast too without compromising on safety. World’s safety standards should be put in place in the offshore development. “I am open for new ideas and will render full support to ONGC for developing the KG Offshore”, he expressed.

Referring to the investments of Rs. 40,000 crores in the region in the next few years, the Minister underlined the need for encouraging the local entrepreneurs and propel AP’s economy with ‘Make in India’ spirit. The corporate tax incentive given to the companies recently should be passed on to the local economy, he added.

For developing and nurturing young talent of Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy, the Minister has recommended operating at least two departments of the Institute from Kakinada and Rajahmundry, by associating with ONGC to offer practical exposure to the field challenges to the students as to make them industry ready. 

On Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) front, the minister recommended the ONGC to associate with the local people’s representatives while expending on CSR projects. Further, he stated the company should undertake substantive CSR projects in East Godavari to earn goodwill from the people.

CMD Mr. Shashi Shanker, on behalf of the Team ONGC, sincerely assured the Minister that ONGC team will leave no stone unturned to achieve the targets set by the Ministry. Earlier in his welcome address, Director (Onshore) Mr. Sanjay Kumar Moitra said that ONGC is poised for a big leap of growth under the leadership of the Minister.

In his thanksgiving address, ED-Asset Manager Rajahmundry Mr. R P Patel underlined that ONGC is committed to realize the target set by the Prime Minister – of reducing imports by ten per cent by 2022. ED-Asset Manager Eastern Offshore Mr. A J Morbale made an elaborate presentation on the KG Offshore and Mr D K Mathur CGM-Subsurface made a presentation on Rajahmundry Asset.

Earlier in the day, the Minister, accompanied by CMD, Director (Onshore) and ED-Asset Manager Rajahmundry visited Nagayalanka and formally inaugurated the GGS.

The Nagayalanka field is now yielding 1500 barrels of oil per day and 1.5 LCMD of gas from the four wells. In this JV, ONGC is the operator. 

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NALCO honoured at National CSR Awards for Excellence in CSR

National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO), a Navratna PSU under Ministry of Mines, has been recognized with ‘Honourable Mention’ for Excellence in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for its flagship CSR project ‘NALCO Ki Ladli’ at the National CSR Awards ceremony held in Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on 29th October 2019.

Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Hon’ble Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur graced the occasion.

Shri Basant Kumar Thakur, Director (HR), NALCO received the Award from Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur at a glittering ceremony.

Congratulating the NALCO Collective on this achievement, Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, NALCO, said, “The journey for the Ladlis of NALCO began in 2015. Today, we have been recognized by Govt. of India for putting our heart and soul into implementing the ‘NALCO Ki Ladli’ CSR initiative, which is empowering the girl child in villages and becoming a powerful trigger for women empowerment. I congratulate Team NALCO and NALCO Foundation Team for putting in the effort to make a change in the society.”

It may be mentioned that the Corporate Affairs Ministry, Govt. of India, has selected NALCO for this award at the national level for introducing and implementing schemes like Nalco ki Ladli. Inspired by the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative of Govt. of India, the NALCO Ki Ladli programme provides adoption of poor girl students to enable them to study and settle in life. At present, NALCO has adopted 416 poor girl students from 66 villages in 45 schools in Angul and Damanjodi. NALCO plans to scale up the scheme at Pan India level covering poor girl children of Odisha, aspiration districts of the country and NALCO’s peripheral villages.

With a view to augment the scheme, NALCO has launched an innovative Employee Social Responsibility (ESR) programme recently, which offers employees a satisfying way to meaningfully contribute towards social causes. Under this scheme, the employees of the company get a chance to adopt the Ladlis and support their education. 

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Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) has sanctioned Rs 1.42 crore under CSR

New Delhi: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) has sanctioned Rs 1.42 crore under CSR for rural development in Sundergarh district of Odisha, including restoration of nine water bodies in the peripheral areas.

On the recommendation of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), MCL has sanctioned Rs 1,42,05,808 for 10 developmental projects in the tribal district, including restoration of water bodies at Bailaimunda Kata, Kuarkela Munda, Patapali Jupluma Munda, Kaletpani Pond, Munda at Haldibahal, Pond Haldibahal at Siarmal, Jamunamunda Sargipali and Girigkela.

Meanwhile, the company will also provide drinking water facility and toilet at Laulbahal High School and construct class room at KCP High School, Giringkela Gram Panchayat.

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Buoyed by the success of establishing itself as India's first and largest Sustainable Fashion Award, the ‘Circular Design Challenge’ today announced the beginning of its second edition - continuing its focus on the circular economy through design and fashion. The Circular Design Challenge edition one was launched at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018 in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program and as part of Reliance Industries Ltd.’s R Elan ‘Fashion for Earth’ initiative. Inspiring innovation through a circular economy approach that eliminates waste, the award puts a spotlight on and offer solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industry in the country. 

The Circular Design Challenge, open to all fashion/accessory designers and entrepreneurs in India, aims to recognize environmental champions of tomorrow. The registration for the challenge is now open till 15th November 2019 at http://www.circulardesignchallenge.net.

Applicants must incorporate circular-design principles-based components across the textile value chain in their design and demonstrate its positive impact on the environment and society. The designers will need to submit a proof concept of their sustainable collection, which must encompass key principles of circularity, sustainability, aesthetics and scalability. They can use any material for their collection, as long as it is up-cycled from diverse waste sources – including plastics.

While launching the CDC edition-2 Mr Vipul Shah, COO – Petrochemicals Business, RIL said “The tremendous successes and recognition to ‘I Was A Sari’ has inspired many young talents to participate in the second edition of Circular Design Challenge, who are inquiring with us and eagerly awaiting the launch. Their wait is over now as we launch the second edition of Circular Design Challenge. I am sure the challenge will become tougher this year as the number of participants across the textile value chain is expected to increase.

We are eager to see the innovative use of materials and designs that will bring out sustainability and circularity, aesthetics and scalability aspects. We are confident that the CDC will set the stage for drastically reduce the negative impact of textile and fashion industry on the environment.”

Atul Bagai - Country Head, UNEP India said, “UN Environment Program (UNEP) is proud to partner with CDC award for the second year in succession. At the UN, we see circularity in fashion a major area of focus for achieving our Sustainable Development Goals. Encouraged by last year’s entries we look forward to having more innovative ideas and designs with focus on circularity and sustainability.” 

The entries will be evaluated by a special jury to shortlist 6 finalists who will be mentored in developing their collections and pitching for the final showcase on Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020. Along with an opportunity to showcase their collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2020, the winner will win a grand cash prize of Rs. 20 lakhs from Reliance Industries Ltd. as well as a business mentorship from Intellecap, through its industry-led initiative – the Circular Apparel Innovation Factory (CAIF). CAIF is an industry-led platform aiming to build a circular apparel and textile industry with mission to build the ecosystem to search, seed, support, and scale circular textile and apparel innovations in India.

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Tata Steel conferred the 'Best Integrated Report Award' for 2018

Tata Steel has been conferred the ‘Best Integrated Report Award’ for 2018 by Asian Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability. The award jury was unanimous in selecting Tata Steel for this award that celebrates best practices in sustainability communication and recognises reporting leaders in Asia.

Thanking the jury for the acknowledgement, Mr. T. V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, said: "It’s an honour to be conferred the Best Integrated Report Award. For us, the process of writing the report is very enriching, brings various divisions and departments together, making it an exercise of true integration. It provides an opportunity to reflect on what the organisation is doing and what it needs to do to recalibrate and align itself with the expectation of its stakeholders. While we are proud of the achievement, we also recognise that we have a lot more to do. As part of our culture of continuous improvement, we will continue to strive for even better report in years to come.”

Mr. Narendran, Mr. Koushik Chatterjee, ED & CFO, Tata Steel, Mr. Kanchinadham Parvatheesam, Company Secretary & Chief Legal Officer (Corporate & Compliance), Tata Steel, accepted the award on behalf of Tata Steel. The award was presented at the 6th Asia Business Responsibility Summit organised by the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability in Mumbai on September 25, 2019.  The 2018 Awards have been offered in 10 categories including Best Governed Company Award, Best Audit Committee Award, Best Integrated Report Award and Best CSR & Sustainability Award.

To present the company’s financial and non-financial performance in an integrated manner, is a new trend that businesses are adopting around the world. Tata Steel is the only company from India to have participated in this global movement of integrated reporting by becoming a part of the global pilot project of International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), UK.

Tata Steel has been a pioneer in India in developing an integrated report in the true sense and spirit of enabling stakeholders to analyse and assess the Company’s ability to create and sustain value in the medium to long-term horizon. The report demonstrates the Company’s commitment to embed environmental, social and governance (ESG) model in to its core business. The insights and outcomes through deeper partnership with community and serious concern for environment have led the Company to identify and mitigate social and environmental impacts proactively. The report also reflects Company’s commitment to create a better tomorrow for all its stakeholders and having a deep and abiding concern towards societal needs and environment protection.

Last year, Tata Steel was conferred the 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards 2017 (ASRA), the highest regional recognition for integrated reporting at an event held in Singapore. 


Indian Child Climate Activist wins prestigious “World Children Peace Prize 2019”

7-years-old Child Climate Activist from Manipur, India Ms. Licypriya Kangujam received the prestigious “World Children Peace Prize 2019” from Global  Peace Index - Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), Australia for child advocacy on one of the greatest impending dangers to humanity: the devastation that could be triggered by climate change in an event organised by Regional Alliance for Fostering Youth & Ministry of Youth, Sports & Community Empowerment, Government of Maldives at Maldives National University, Malè, Republic of Maldives on 31st August.  Read more at https://enviroannotations.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/7-years-old-child-climate-activist-from-manipur-india-received-the-prestigious-world-children-peace-prize-2019



Navjiwan RWA, one of the most active and Environment conscious RWAs in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar Ward undertakes yet another vital and challenging issue – dealing with Single Use Plastic. SSIL (Swayam Swachatta Initiative Limited), a partner in this Campaign is supporting this campaign.  Read more at https://enviroannotations.wordpress.com/2019/09/01/navjiwan-rwa-ssil-launch-ban-single-use-plastic-campaign

Three-day International Conference on Smart Cities

Smart Cities: Opportunities & Challenges at Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi


Department of Civil Engineering, JMI, New Delhi organized a three-day international conference on Smart Cities with emphasis upon its associated opportunities and challenges from 14th to 16th March 2019. The purpose of this conference was to identify various prospects and different obstructions that may come across in wholesome planning and development of smart cities. Another aim of this conference was to arrive at meaningful, practicable, and feasible solutions to overcome various impediments in the endeavor to develop smart cities. The conference ended with many important suggestions and recommendations. About 300 papers were submitted to the Conference under as many as eighteen tracks covering the almost entire spectrum of aspects related to a smart city. After a thorough review of these papers, by a large team of peer reviewers, about 110 papers were accepted for oral presentation and more than 70 papers were accepted for poster presentation. The proceedings of the Conference are to be published by Springer, a leading international publisher. The beginning of Conference took place in an Inaugural session held in the Dr. M.A. Ansari Auditorium, JMI. It was presided over by Prof. Shahid Ashraf, Officiating Vice Chancellor, JMI. Prof. Dr. PSN Rao, Director, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi was the General Chair. Shri. Vijay Kumar Dev (IAS), Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi was the Chief Guest. Shri Dev addressed the gathering wherein he emphasized upon adopting an inclusive approach in the development of smart cities with the aim of improving the overall quality of life of its citizens. Participants and guests came from different countries like USA, UK, Finland, Germany, Holland, Austria, Yemen, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, Indonesia and from various parts of India. The conference included five plenary sessions and as many as twenty technical sessions during these three days – with many technical sessions held parallel. A number of distinguished experts in various fields presented keynote addresses. These keynote speakers include Prof. Kamrul Hosain from Finland, Prof. Anne Feestra from Holland, Prof. Michael Krassowitsch form Austria, Prof. Lew, Prof. Andre Spindler and Prof. Christian Stangenberger from Germany. Many luminaries from India also presented keynote addresses. They include Justice Swatanter Kumar, Former Chairperson, National Green Tribunal (NGT), Er. Paritosh C Tyagi, Former Chairman of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Dr. Altaf Usmani, Senior Manager, Engineers India Ltd., Dr. E Madhu, Senior Principal Scientist, CRRI, Shri Ravinder Gupta (IAS) and Dr. Ashraf Iqbal from IIT, Roorkee. Apart from keynote addresses, oral and poster presentations of technical papers were made by participants. Paper contributors discussed important features of their technical papers and significant findings reported in them. These presentations were followed by discussions and in many cases thorough deliberations that have pointed at a number of key issues that need to be taken into account in the planning, development, and execution of a smart city project. The outcome of this conference in the form of significant suggestions and recommendations include: A strong vision and strategy is the key to the success of smart city projects. A smart city must be designed and developed to ensure improvement in overall quality of life. This can be achieved by adopting an inclusive approach that takes due care of citizens at all the strata of society and prioritizes their various concerns. Environment, Economy, and People are three important priorities for a smart city project, particularly in Indian perspectives. Environmental priorities include the reduction in pollution, energy consumption, and disaster management. Economic priorities encompass the efficient management of public services. Whereas, priorities with regard to people include; improving the quality of life by making cities safer and providing more accessible services. The long payback period of smart cities is another challenge. A significant initial investment may be required to develop a smart city. This can be a risky exercise for a policymaker who intends to deliver fast results with limited financial capability. Therefore, various models of funding should be explored which may include public-private partnerships or any other alternative finance mechanisms such as municipal bonds. There is a need to establish an effective institutional framework and governance mechanism that must ensure coordination among various regulatory and local bodies throughout the lifetime of the smart city project. The agency, so formed, should ideally be independent of conventional civic bodies. It should, however, be accountable to the governance body.

Finally, without negotiating the importance of creating new smart cities, there is a need to gradually and systematically transform our older cities into smart cities. This transformation, however, must not compromise with their associated age-old culture and values. 

It is believed that this will be a significant contribution to the present International Conference in the development of smart cities in India and abroad. 

Ahmad Azeem, PRO-Media Coordinator 


“Implementing Source Segregation: Best Practices & Impact”

Workshop organized on 21st Feb, 2019 at Juniper Hall, India Habitat Center, Delhi


 Saahas along with GIZ, Coca-Cola and Tetra Pak organized a one day Knowledge sharing workshop on “Implementing Source Segregation: Best Practices and Impact” on Feb 21, 2019. The workshop brought together policy research organisations, corporate, practitioners and active citizens to share views and understand source segregation in various cities across India. The workshop also shared the key learning of ongoing programme of “Alag Karo: Har Din Teen Bin”. In this regard, a report under the pillar of RWAs along with a movie on process of Alag Karo was also released. This report documents a 10-step process to be followed in apartment for implementation of source segregation and sustain it. The case studies discussed in the report lists out factors for successes and challenges faced as well under the programme.

The event was attended by esteemed dignitaries including Shri Ritesh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Vinod Kumar Jindal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Shri Yashpal Yadav, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Gurugram (MCG). Swachh Bharat Ambassador, Mr. Sourav Ganguly, was the special guest at the event.

Divya Tewari, CEO, SAAHAS, said, "This was a unique program for SAAHAS as we were launching Source Segregation drive at a City level. Up until then we had done it at a smaller scale in a single colony or a village. The program had stiff targets but the team went about it very systematically, a seemingly simple idea of Source Segregation when executed at an apartment level has many operational complexities associated. We got very enthusiastic response from the citizen of Gurugram, many volunteers pitched in at their respective apartments and localities. Icing on the cake was when 14 of these communities also started on-site composting ensuring biodegradable waste got recycled inside the premises.  Each apartment/school brought in new learnings and has helped us evolve a detailed step-by-step approach for implementing and sustaining Source Segregation. We appreciate the support provided from our program partners, Coke, Tetra Pak and GIZ and also MCG; the success achieved is because of the strong team work.”

The key aspects that have emerged during Alag Karo implementation in the Apartments are as follow.

Bring about overall Attitudinal Change

The participation of urban community in waste management is critically dependent on its attitude towards this issue.  ‘Alag Karo’ program through its various public campaigns was able to bring about this change and raise public participation. It has also been able to instill a sense of ownership among the citizens about their city. They were also sensitised to the plight of the waste workers who had to scavenge through their mixed waste. The residents are taking responsibility of their own waste by way of source segregation.

Role of Door-to-Door collection

During the program, it was experienced that door-to-door collection of waste was critical in hitting above 90 percent levels in source segregation as the waste worker has been able to pinpoint the defaulters and give feedback to the specific residents.

Effective Information Education and Communication (IEC) for the success of the project

Interesting and engaging IEC including games and competitive activities ensured strong positive engagement with the program. This demonstrates the importance of education and publicity in the source segregation of waste.

Strong Coordination between the Resident Welfare Association (RWA) & the Volunteers in the program

Active coordination with RWA and the volunteers ensured successful implementation of the program. It also ensures its long term sustainability of the waste management programme.

In- situ composting helps in building the sustainability of the program

On-site composting of wet waste has brought out a sense of ownership and pride among the residents, as they witness ‘waste to resource’ as part of the process and have been also able to integrate waste workers in solid waste management by giving them employment. 

The Alag Karo program was officially launched on 6th September 2017. By the end of Dec 2018, 24,000 households had been sensitized across 50 RWAs on source segregation and more than 1 lakh people had been sensitized through various public campaigns.

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