Vedanta aligns with UN’s World Water Day theme Better Water, Better Jobs
Vedanta Limited, India’s only diversified natural resources company, has developed a water management technical standard which requires each business to undertake water Reuse, Reuse and Recycling measures to conserve this precious resource. Most of the company’s operational processes designed to be ‘zero discharge’, as the company continues its commitment to the United Nations’ Water Day theme of ‘Water and Jobs’ for 2016.
“I am happy to share that water conservation and its management have always been integral to the decision making of all our new and existing projects. We are committed in our endeavour to ensure that none of the natural water sources are affected by our operations, and achieving zero discharge in all our operations through 100% recirculation and reuse,” said Vedanta Chief Executive Officer Tom Albanese.
Vedanta’s businesses have a water resources management plan in place to eliminate, minimise, mitigate and manage impact on water resources.
This includes an obligation for all our subsidiary businesses to conduct a water-screening assessment to identify sensitive water resources, aquatic habitats and any known or suspected water resource constraints in proximity to each operation.
With 88 per cent of its sites certified ISO14001 environmental standard, innovative solutions have been introduced at Vedanta to minimise waste and optimise efficiency. Most of Vedanta’s operational processes have been designed to be ‘zero discharge’, where the generated waste water is treated and recycled for cooling and other applications. In addition to these initiatives, effluent and sewage treatment plants are installed at many locations for reusing water at primary locations.
Vedanta’s Sesa Goa Iron Ore, Hindustan Zinc Limited, Cairn India and Sterlite Copper have met some of their water requirements through rain water harvesting.
Hindustan Zinc Limited, Balco and Sterlite Copper have installed the UF – RO waster recovery plant, utilising the utility water and thus reducing overall fresh water consumption.
Konkola Copper Mines, Hindustan Zinc, Aluminium business in Jharsuguda, Balco and Zinc International carried out the water audit internally and replaced/repaired defects in the reticulation system leakages and overflows (process losses). The estimated savings is almost 140,000 cubic meters.