Jindal Stainless: 2+ Tonnes of Plastic Waste Collected

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Hundreds of employees from Jindal Stainless, India's largest stainless steel producer, actively participated in a collection drive to gather plastic waste.

The drive took place across the corporate office and manufacturing plants in Hisar and Jajpur, coinciding with World Environment Day. Collaborating with the Green Dream Foundation, this initiative highlights Jindal Stainless's commitment to sustainability, responsible waste management practices, and plastic waste reduction.

Mr. Abhyuday Jindal, Managing Director of Jindal Stainless, expressed his satisfaction with the second edition of the company's plastic waste collection drive.

This year, the initiative expanded to include the manufacturing plants and successfully collected over 2 tonnes of plastic waste. Jindal Stainless maintains an unwavering focus on sustainability, striving to make a positive difference in society. As pioneers in the Indian stainless steel industry, they are dedicated to leaving a lasting and positive impact on future generations.

In the fiscal year 2022–23, Jindal Stainless conducted comprehensive energy audits at their Jajpur and Hisar plants, implementing focused energy efficiency and conservation measures. These efforts resulted in significant savings, including 145 lakh units of electricity and 17,542 billion calories of thermal energy.

Additional sustainability initiatives at Jindal Stainless encompass optimised waste heat recovery systems, increased utilisation of renewable energy (RE) power, an energy conservation project, transitioning to rail transport, recycling waste materials, and expanding RE facilities within their CSR activities.

These collective actions contributed to a reduction of approximately 1 lakh tonnes of carbon emissions in the last fiscal year (FY23) and an overall reduction of around 2.4 lakh tonnes of carbon emissions over the past two fiscal years (FY22 and FY23).

The plastic collection drive held on World Environment Day witnessed the enthusiastic participation of over 1,500 employees. A total of more than 1,100 kg of plastic waste was collected from Jajpur, over 750 kg from Hisar, and nearly 150 kg from the corporate office in Gurgaon.

All participants received tokens of appreciation. Similar to the previous year, the plastic waste collected during this campaign will be transformed into useful products such as chairs, benches, and dustbins. However, this time, Jindal Stainless intends to place these aesthetically pleasing installations in public spaces after consulting with local government bodies, further enhancing its brand image as a sustainable and environmentally friendly organisation.

Jindal Stainless demonstrates its commitment to sustainability through various measures, including its goal of achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company conducts monthly environmental audits, invests in state-of-the-art facilities to treat air emissions, maintains separate effluent and sewage treatment plants complying with State Pollution Control Board regulations, and actively engages in other sustainability endeavours.

Key developments at the plant level include the Hisar plant's shift from a thermal energy-intensive manufacturing setup to renewable energy alternatives, such as solar power, Green Hydrogen, and biofuels.

Both the Hisar and Jajpur plants have embraced the waste-to-wealth concept, implementing technologies to generate biogas and compost from food and horticulture waste.

Additionally, floating and rooftop solar plants commissioned at Jajpur and Hisar are expected to generate over 329 million units of clean electricity throughout their 25-year lifespan, offsetting more than 2.95 lakh tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Jindal Stainless has also introduced four new electric vehicles at the Jajpur plant, reducing carbon emissions by 54 tonnes. The company plans to transition its entire fleet of employee transportation to electric buses to further decarbonise its operations.

To promote water conservation, the Jajpur plant uses approximately 39% of recycled and harvested water out of its total water consumption.

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