Environment report

Social and environmental practices, far beyond compliance, have been an integral part of your company's philosophy since its inception. These investments were undertaken with an innate sense of responsibility towards the well-being of society and the environment. In recent years, to cement these relationships, our initiatives have become more structured and have been seamlessly integrated in our business process.

Our key focus areas include - Waste Management, Energy Management, Water Conservation, Biodiversity Management, Afforestation and Reduction in Emissions.

Your company's Rayon Plant - Indian Rayon at Veraval, Jaya Shree Textiles at Rishra, Hi Tech Carbon Black Plants at Renukoot, Gummidipoondi and Patalganga, Aditya Birla Insulators Plants at Rishra and Halol are ISO 14001 EMS certification for Environment Management, EMS, OHSAS-18001 for Safety Management Systems and SA-8000 for Social Accountability Standards.

In recognition of its outstanding performance in environment management, "The Greentech Environment Excellence Gold Award 2011" in the Chemicals sector was conferred on Indian Rayon.

The Ministry of Environment and Forest has given the necessary environmental clearance for the commissioning of the new and superior German Spool Technology for manufacturing of Viscose Filament Yarn.

In-depth audits to measure our level of commitment to environmental conservation is conducted by professional environment auditors such as Ahmedabad Textile Industries Research Associations (ATIRA), Ahmedabad and Gujarat Industrial & Technical Consultancy Organization Limited (GITCO).

Marine monitoring is being done by National Institute of Oceanography Mumbai for assessment of Marine Environment. We are also carrying out bio-assay test of treated effluent through Junagadh Agriculture University. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur is the Environmental Consultant which is a Central Government body and has long experience in environment field.

The effluent treatment plants at your company's various locations are continuously upgraded. Recycling the treated effluent and domestic sewage and using the treated water in process applications is an integral part of our operation. The process for sewage water treatment has been upgraded. At Veraval a sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 500 M3/day has been installed.

Indian Rayon's caustic plant is a benchmark plant with the lowest rate of solid waste per tonne of production and specific power consumption. Sodium hypochlorite is produced from waste chlorine as a by-product.

We use hydrogen gas to produce caustic flakes. It is one of the cleanest fuels for the Flakers Furnace and this results in the elimination of carbon dioxide.

The treated waste water at Indo Gulf Fertiliser, Jagdishpur meets the standards required of irrigation. So it is supplied to the irrigation network inside the factory premises. Treated water is also used in the township for horticulture. The recharge pond of a significant capacity under the rain water harvesting scheme has been developed. It will enable us to store the rain water for recharging the aquifer.

At Gummidipoondi collection of water condensate from the boiler traps has led to saving 2,200 KL water annually. Replacing sea water membrane in the effluent treatments' reverse osmosis plant has increased the reuse of the effluent from the demineralisation plant.

A 425 KW energy conservation turbine has been installed to replace the operation of medium pressure to low pressure steam letdown Pressure Reduction Dumping Station (PRDS) to effectively utilise the heat energy. This is otherwise wasted across the PRDS control valve during the letdown process. The utilisation of waste heat, leads to the generation of an additional power - 960,000 units per annum. From the plant facility this is exported to grid. The turbine installation is unique in nature as it runs on saturated steam produced by waste heat recovery boilers installed in the downstream process of Carbon Black manufacturing reactors.

Rainwater harvesting at Gummidipoondi through 11 recharge wells serve as water storage sumps after diverting storm water and roof water from open areas and plant buildings and allowing the water to percolate down to substrata ground water flow lines and enriching underground water bodies.

At Veraval the fly ash generated is fully utilised in the brick plant specially commissioned. These bricks are supplied to our Group's cement plants and other government agencies. Dust suppression system provided in the coal handling plant and water sprinklers in the coal yard prevent coal dust from escaping into the environment.

Your company's greenbelt cover in all of its plant locations exudes a leafy splendour.

Our Board, our Management and all our colleagues are committed to living in harmony with nature.