Dalmia Bharat Intensifies Efforts to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions

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Through its revolutionary and collaborative strategy roadmap, Dalmia Bharat (DBL), an Indian conglomerate company, is increasing its commitment to becoming carbon negative by 2040. The company revealed its broader objective, which stressed innovation, growth, and sustainability through collaboration with several organisations, social entities, and government entities. These include the Asian Development Bank and 50 local governments from across the country.

Through its nationwide circular economy approach, the company has already begun taking initiatives to replace fossil fuels, such as cooperating with local governments to assist in non-recyclable garbage disposal. DBL installed two chlorine dust bypass devices in its cement-producing units to achieve this, a first-of-its-kind initiative in India. In addition, the cement company set up solar and waste heat recovery power generation for the clean energy transition.

Currently, more than 40% of DBL's power generation capacity is fossil-free. The company is also trying to improve access to clean water by decreasing its water footprint. As a result, it is now 13 times water-positive. 

DBL is utilising CO2 emissions from cement plants in collaborative ways with fertiliser, soda ash, and the building sector by cooperating with the Asian Development Bank for a feasibility evaluation of Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU).

Dr. Arvind Bodhankar, executive director, ESG & CRO, Dalmia Bharat, said:

“We also intend to drive a net-zero emissions reality with a strategy that’s aligned with our business philosophy, ‘Clean and Green is Profitable and Sustainable'."

DBL continues to adopt zero-carbon solutions as part of its corporate strategy of being a leader in building materials and inspiring pride in all stakeholders via customer centricity, innovation, sustainability, and values. 

Its circular economy initiative entails the supply of fossil-free electricity, a crucial decarbonisation engine. Concurrently, the company is broadening its horizons to include new levers such as CCU, green hydrogen, energy storage, and so on.

In line with the aim of Zero Emissions Day—to wean the globe off fossil fuels and raise awareness about the harm caused by carbon emissions—the company's CSR arm, Dalmia Bharat Foundation (DBF), is implementing climate-related adaptation and mitigation initiatives. DBF is working on efficient cookstove programmes and mini solar lighting systems for the community's clean energy transition.

Source: Construction Week

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