Environment is the third pillar of our Sustainability strategy. To support sustainability, we have started to ensure the operational excellence on Environment and the footprint of our operations.

We aim to become 5 times water positive by 2030. To achieve this, we optimise and prevent use of freshwater consumption by optimizing processes and promoting water conservation, harvesting and recycling within our operations and augmenting water harvesting structures in communities. Also we target to reduce our specific freshwater withdrawal in cement by 40% % by 2030 vis-a-vis 2015.

We are also guided by our parent company’s Water directive which addresses various aspects of legal compliance, establishing operational water footprint, risk assessment and stakeholder engagement and more. We regularly assess our sites for any operational risks (due to water stress, water scarcity) using different water assessment tools, factoring regulatory requirements and considering local community needs. We have increased our focus towards improving water management and reducing our impact on overall water resources particularly in water scarce areas. All our sites are provided with water recycling processes and systems. In past two years, we have increased our community interventions enhancing water harvesting and conservation in communities.

We are committed to having a positive change on biodiversity by 2030. Biodiversity is well integrated into our sustainability and environment policies. We have in place the Quarry Rehabilitation and Biodiversity Directive (QRBD) that sets out the framework for managing risks, and for protecting and enhancing biodiversity. To comply with the QRBD, all our mines follow the local regulations and have rehabilitation plans in place. We are committed not to open new sites or explorations within protected areas declared under the World Heritage sites and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categories: IUCN I and IUCN III . The other key requirements go far beyond legal compliance and includes measures respecting the mitigation hierarchy (avoid, minimize, restore, and offset) and a biodiversity management plan for sites assessed as having high biodiversity value. We have undertaken Biodiversity risk assessment for all our mines with rapid biodiversity assessments and a tool called Biodiversity Indicator and Reporting System (BIRS) tool. We advance our efforts for Ecosystem restoration, quarry rehabilitation and biodiversity conservation through various nature based solutions such as:

  • Backfilling of mined out pits, top-soil conservation and stabilization of dumps
  • Planting ~100,000 local and native trees annually, in mines , plants and nearby communities across the country
  • Harnessing old mining pits to harvest water which serve as water reservoirs for ourselves and the communities where we operate
  • Protecting flora and fauna such as butterflies, birds, medicinal plants etc. through our B Buzz programme, which encompasses several initiatives to protect the prolific biodiversity around our plants.

Other Air Emissions
We strive to manage other air emissions efficiently although these are not specifically listed in our SD strategy. We ensure that all operating sites measure and manage air emissions in line with the local regulations and internal guidelines. We regularly monitor and report our dust, NOx and SO2 emissions from all clinker production facilities through Continuous Emissions Monitoring System(CEMS). At ACC, we strive to consistently reduce all emissions significantly. Other emissions such as heavy metals (Cadmium, Mercury and more ) are also monitored to maintain regulatory limits. We also monitor and report ambient air quality through Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations.

All our cement plants have an environmental management system equivalent to ISO 14001 in place.

Waste reduction:
We primarily adopt a 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) approach for managing our waste generated from anciliary activites. While majority of the of wastes are sold to third parties for recycling or recovery, bio-medical waste is disposed as per the regulatory requirements. In 2020, less than 1 Tons of Bio-medical waste was disposed.



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