Essar companies have been recognized time and again for their ‘green’ initiatives. Integrated into their very business models and operational processes, conservation and sensitivity to environmental impact are matters of priority at every Essar plant and office.
Essar Steel’s Hazira plant won the highly coveted Three Leaves Award, instituted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) through its Green Rating Project (GRP). The project is sponsored jointly by India’s Ministry of Environment & Forest and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The company’s green credentials were established through a rigorous and in-depth two-year assessment on 150 parameters judging technologies used, process efficiencies, adherence to occupational health and safety norms, pollution, carbon emissions and solid waste disposal, usage of electricity and water, efficient use of land and so on.
Essar Steel has also won the Water Digest Award for its efficiency in water usage, involving both re-use and recycling of water.
All Essar Steel plants prioritize effective environment management practices. While the Essar Steel plant at Visakhapatnam won the Greentech Environment Award in 2012, the Hazira plant received the Indian Manufacturing Excellence Award as well as the Greentech Excellence Award, both for the quality of its management of health, safety and environment (HSE) practices.
Essar Steel won the Corporate Sustainability Stewardship Award for Resource Conservation Leadership at the Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Awards 2012. Essar Steel was awarded for committing to be the most water-efficient steel maker in India and focusing on reducing the water consumption per ton of crude steel. Rain water harvesting is an important aspect of its plant operations. Innovations include beneficiation of iron ore at pelletization plants, hot DRI charging in the Electric Arc Furnace, air fuel ratio optimization in combustion and recovery of waste heat for production of electricity.
Essar Steel also received a special mention in the recently launched Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) India 200 Climate Change Report 2012. Though not a part of the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), it voluntarily disclosed its climate change information.