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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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INDIA’S FIRST AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY- ‘CIRCULAR DESIGN CHALLENGE’ LAUNCHES ITS SECOND EDITION

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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5200 people participated in Tata Steel’s Noamundi Run-a-thon

The third edition of Noamundi Run-a-thon, the signature event of Tata Steel’s Ore Mines & Quarries Division (OMQ Division) witnessed 5200 runners from across the nation running for the cause of environment on 21st October 2019 at Sports Complex, Noamundi. 


The event was flagged off by Mr Arun Misra, Vice President (Raw Materials), Tata Steel, Mr Uttam Singh, Vice President (Iron Making), Tata Steel, Mr Hanumant Singh Rawat, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Dr Prem Chand, Commandant, CRPF, Mr Atul Bhatnagar, General Manager (OMQ), Tata Steel and Mr Kulvin Suri, Chief, Corporate Communications, India & SEA, Tata Steel.


In line with this year’s theme ‘Run for a Greener Tomorrow’, messaging in the Sports Complex and across the running track was done on eco-friendly biofabric material.


The Run-a-thon was held in 10 Km and 7 Km categories for men and women, 5 Km run for boys and girls under the age of 16 years from schools and colleges and 2 KM run for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). 


Speaking on the occasion, Mr Arun Misra said: “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm and such a huge participation in the third edition of Noamundi Run-a-thon. Sports & sustainability are integral part of Tata Steel and this run has established a strong connect with the community. The theme of this edition of the Run-a-thon is in line with our commitment towards sustainable mining and a greener tomorrow. This event has also given an opportunity to the young running talent of this region to compete with best in the field.”


Noamundi in Jharkhand is well-known for its scenic beauty and Tata Steel has actively contributed in restoring the flora and fauna of the region through various initiatives. The Noamundi Iron Mine has taken several initiatives fostering green belt and biodiversity in the region. 

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. 

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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

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NAVJIWAN RWA & SSIL LAUNCH BAN SINGLE USE PLASTIC CAMPAIGN

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

Seminar on “Use of Technical Textiles in Water Resources Works"

One-day Seminar organized by MoWRRD&GR

One day Technical Seminar was organized by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. of India at Central Water Commission Auditorium, Library Building, R.K. Puram, New Delhi on 29th April 2019 on “Use of Technical Textiles in Water Resources Works”. 


The seminar was chaired by Shri Masood Hussain, Chairman, CWC with Smt. T. Rajeshwari, Addn. Sect.MoWR, RD & GR, Shri N.K. Mathur, Member D&R, CWC, Shri S.L. Gupta, Director CSMRS and Shri Anuj Kanwal, Director, R&D Division, MoWR, RD & GR as other dignitaries on the dais. Chairman CWC launched the “Practice Manual on use of Technical Textile in Water Resources Works”.


Highlights of the Seminar 

Technical Textiles have been used globally for last several decades. These materials have provided innovative engineering solutions for several applications in civil and geotechnical engineering, for infrastructure water resources projects. Even while Technical Textiles have been extensively used in developed as well as many developing countries, India has yet to capitalise the technical, economical and environmental benefits on large scale. Various parts of India are subjected to floods and environmental degradation is the perennial phenomenon. In some of the terrains, the flood management and control can rely on Technical Textiles tubes, containers and bags. Technical Textiles have been found to perform better than concrete as water protection component because of permeability, flexibility and ease of underwater placement. The proposed Seminar will highlight various application areas, best practices and mechanisms for encouraging larger usage of Technical Textile in Water Resources Sector. Also, it will create a platform for all the concerned stakeholders for brain-storming and creating a roadmap to take the Technical Textiles uses to the next level.


The speakers from various fora provided an insight on the following subjects:

+Standards, Benchmarking &Testing: Adopting Technical Textiles

+International Best Practices in Water Resources& Uses of Technical-textiles

+Technical-textiles for Water Resources Conservation

+Advanced methods in use of Technical Textiles 

+Applications for Water Resources Protection in-Canal Lining, Embankment Dam, Flirtation / Planar Drainage, Hydraulic Barrier, Surface Reinforcement, Filtration Function, Flood Protection and Bank Erosion, Coastal Erosion, River Bed Application 

+Contractual Matters related to Technical Textiles


The event is organized by R&D Division, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation with participation from High level Officials from Central Departments, State Governments, Engineering Departments of States working in Water Resources, Institutions, Colleges, Universities, Manufacturers, Associations, Trade Associations, Consultants and Contractors.


Many exhibitors like M/s Flexituff, M/s Maccaferri, M/s Suntech, M/s Skaps, M/s Techfab India, M/s Terre Armee, M/s Garware in association with partners Atira, ITTA, CBIP etc. have showcased their technologies at the Exhibition Stalls. The event was a grand success with the participation of more than 70 officials from the Central Govt., 50 officials from the State Govts, more than 50 leading manufactures and experts from renowned Govt. and private institutions by sharing their knowledge and expertise.  The exhibition was attended by more than 250 visitors.  

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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 

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“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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