Painting the World Green Project Samanvay
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Painting the World Green Project Samanvay

November 14, 2022    

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We hear the word sustainability more often than anything in current times. Sustainability goals and being a responsible business have become non-negotiable in today’s world. What exactly does it mean to be “sustainable” in running a business? Well, it simply means doing business without negatively impacting the environment, community, or society as a whole. The goal of a sustainable business strategy is to make a positive impact on the environment and society.

As one of India’s leading stainless steel manufacturers, we strongly believe that sustainability goes beyond conservation. Our philosophy has always been to incorporate the best Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards to ensure we take a sustainable path of growth. Consequently, ESG considerations are embedded into our business strategy which focuses on building positive environmental and social performance of the group while maintaining steady financial growth. This determination gave birth to Project Samanvay. We have initiated the project along with Ernst & Young (EY) LLP as our partner to achieve our broad ESG goals, forecast our Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, and establish carbon neutrality targets in line with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

What is Project Samanvay?

Samanvay simply means establishing a coordinated effort to achieve a common goal. Jindal Stainless is trying to initiate some focused initiatives under Project Samnvay to meet our broad ESG goals. These include:

Deploying energyefficient measures

Process reconfiguration

Adopting and investing in circular economy principles

Fleet decarbonisation

Investing in low-carbon emission technologies for production

Air emission compliance

Renewable energy

Energy-efficient production

Biodiversity management

KEY INITIATIVES UNDER SAMANVAY
Environmental

  1. A Pilot project has been undertaken for oxygen enrichment in reheating furnaces to reduce thermal energy consumption by up to 15%, leading to a reduction in GHG emissions.
  2. We have added renewable energy to our energy portfolio. We have also procured and consumed around 109595.34 MW of renewable energy during FY 2021-22.
  3. We have started developing our first floating 7.3 MWp Solar Project in our Jajpur plant at the water reservoir.
  4. We have initiated a project for the replacement of energy-inefficient motors with energy-efficient IE3 class motors. This step will result in an estimated energy saving of 481471 kWh.
  5. Our Hisar plant is about to achieve 100% installation of energy-efficient LED lighting in production, administration, and township areas.
  6. Hisar has joined hands with TERI for long-term engagement in the identification and implementation of new and innovative energy conservation, waste heat recovery, process automation, renewable energy project, etc.
  7. Waste generated from plant operations, including Fly ash from Captive Power Plant is being reused 100% by sending it to cement plants, brick manufactures, and sheet manufacturers. The bottom ash generated is being sent for road making of NHAI free of cost.
  8. We have planned a nearly 700 Nm3/hour Green Hydrogen Plant at Jajpur, replacing cracked ammonia while 90 Nm3/hr of Green hydrogen plant LOI is issued to HYGENCO.

Social

As part of our CSR initiatives, we have spent INR 13.04 crores on promoting education and enhancing vocational skills, healthcare, entrepreneurship development, sports, gender equality, and women empowerment. There are continuous efforts for rural development, environmental sustainability, and restoring ecological balance, including humanitarian relief work being undertaken by our CSR teams. We are currently developing a 9.84 hectares public park in Hisar. We have collaborated with CURE International India Trust (CIIT) on a project for eliminating clubfoot among children of Odisha.

We have launched a project titled “Hisar Heroes” in partnership with Green Dream Foundation (GDF) with the objective of welfare and capacity building of informal waste pickers, as well as IEC (Information, Education, and Communication) activities to sensitise the citizens on waste segregation and sustainable waste management in Hisar. A community library has been set up at Hudisahi, Trijanga Rehabilitation colony for the residents. The library has 2071 books and subscribes to major daily newspapers and magazines. Our solar water pump (drinking water) project in Manatira Mundasahi and Old Manatira villages of Jajpur is providing clean drinking water to approximately 80 households.

A solar irrigation project in Bengapatia, Asanabahali, and Manoharpur villages of Jajpur is benefitting 40 farmers and irrigating 40 acres of agricultural land.

Governance

• Labeling of our products is done as per the requirements stipulated under various standards such as ASTM/ASME/EN/BIS.

• We are undertaking regular customer satisfaction surveys to invite customer feedback and improve their experience.

• We have placed proper Board-processes and compliance mechanisms in place.

• We ensure that proper post-meeting followups, reviews, and reporting processes are in place for actions taken on Board and Committee decisions. Important decisions made at Board/ Committee meetings are communicated to the relevant departments/divisions as soon as possible.

• Our management systems, organisational structures, management discussions and analysis, processes, standards, and code of conduct all work together to form robust internal control systems that govern how we conduct business and manage all associated risks.

• We have an established system to inform Board members about risk assessment and mitigation procedures. Periodic reviews are carried out to ensure that risk is addressed by executive management using a well-defined framework.

• There is a significantly lower emission of pollutants in the production of stainless steel compared to carbon steel. We reduced our carbon emissions by 3,100 MT in FY21-22.

Envisioning for a Better Tomorrow

As pioneers of the Indian stainless steel industry, we are at the forefront to align with and adopt operational excellence through optimum sustainable practices across our manufacturing mechanisms. Inspired by our roots, we firmly believe that efficient and immediate efforts towards sustainability, social upliftment, good governance, decarbonisation, waste management, and digital prowess are inevitable to build long-term value for all our stakeholders and achieve a circular economy. Project Samanvay cements our commitment to make prudent use of natural resources, reduce our carbon footprint, and build a sustainable society.

Managing Director
Mr Abhyuday Jindal

During FY2021-22, we reduced our carbon emissions by 3,100 metric tonnes and initiated a switch from a thermal energyintensive manufacturing setup to renewable energy alternatives such as solar & wind power, green hydrogen, adding electric vehicle fleets, upgrading to energy-efficient equipment, and usage of bio-fuels as part of our decarbonisation initiatives. With the ongoing efforts in this direction, we aim to catapult our carbon abatement numbers to over 1 lakh metric tonnes.

COO, Operations
Mr Jagmohan Sood


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