Nature Conservation Day: Vedanta Aluminium launches #GreenHearts initiative to plant 2 lakh saplings in FY23

An initiative to galvanize employees, business partners and communities to join forces with the company’s climate action endeavours

New Delhi;29thJuly 2022: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium,launches the FY23 edition of its #GreenHearts campaign to plant more than 2 lakh saplings across its operations in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Launched last year, #GreenHearts is an annual bio-investment campaign, whereby the company’s business units undertake mass plantation drives during monsoon, for increasing the green cover in and around its plant operations. Through #GreenHearts, the company aims to galvanize employees, business partners, families, and communities to be collaborative participants in Vedanta Aluminium’s climate action roadmap to achieve Net Zero Carbon operations by 2050.

Speaking about Vedanta Aluminium’s approach to climate action, Mr. Rahul Sharma, CEO – Vedanta Aluminium, says,“Being India’s largest producer of aluminium, we see our role as that of a climate action steward, leading the way for the entire aluminium industry towards net zero operations. We are striving to nurture a culture wherein every member of the Vedanta Aluminium family is a climate champion. The #GreenHearts campaign is our initiative to encourage our employees, partners and stakeholders for collective & participative action towards bio-investment. Besides creating carbon sinks and greenifying our local ecosystems, these plantation drives also add to our endeavours of biodiversity conservation in the regions where we operate.”

Vedanta Aluminium has deployed a multi-pronged climate action strategy which includes operating plants at high levels of operational efficiencies, increasing quantum of renewables in its energy mix, transitioning to cleaner fuels from fossil fuels, and bio-investment programs. Parallelly, the company is investing in cutting-edge digital and technology solutions to make its assets climate-resilient and mitigate the impact of climate change on the business. Highlights of the company’s decarbonization journey so far includes:

  • Launch of low carbon ‘green’ aluminium, branded Restora, for which the company is the first from India to do so. Restora’scarbon footprint is nearly half of the global threshold of 4 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per tonne of aluminium for low carbon aluminium.
  • Plantation of nearly 60 lakh saplings across its operations till date, which have transformed into large carbon sinks.
  • Vedanta Aluminium is India’s largest consumer of renewable energy, at 3 billion units in FY22.
  • The company has signed a Power Delivery Agreement for 380 MW of renewable energy for its aluminium smelters.
  • It has commissioned India’s largest industrial electric fleet of 27 forklifts powered by lithium-ion batteries.
  • Operational efficiency and energy conservation initiatives have resulted in energy savings of more than 21 lakh Giga Joules in FY22.

Beyond operations, Vedanta Aluminium is working with local communities to make their lives and livelihoods resilient in the face of changing climate. The company has been helping farming communities adopt climate-smart agriculture, which includes:

  • Helping them leverage technologies like drip-irrigation, solar-powered water pumps, rainwater harvesting, etc. to boost irrigation potential and reduce dependence on monsoons for cropping.
  • Training them on growing climate-resilient crops for improving yield despite irregular climactic conditions.
  • Building and rejuvenating hundreds of community water infrastructures like ponds and percolation tanks to help communities get perennial access to water.

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 4th in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2021 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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