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Caring For Our Habitat

Modern stakeholder theories have identified environment as a silent stakeholder. Protection and conservation of the environment is not only a moral obligation but also essential to ensure business continuity.

We strive to operate efficiently and effectively to enhance our eco-efficiency and eco-effectiveness for a minimal environmental footprint. We want to contribute to building a world that provides a viable future with enhanced quality of life for everyone. Our aim is to use the ‘Right Chemistry For a Better Tomorrow’ and make the best use of available resources.

Our environment-friendly production processes include Environment Impact Assessments (EIA) for new projects. EIAs helps us to prepare a mitigation plan to address the potential impact of our projects on the environment. As an outcome of these studies, we choose the right technology at the design stage itself to ensure minimal impact on the environment and communities around us. For the existing projects, we have set up Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and compliance is regularly assessed through Aarti Management System (AMS).

Long-term water availability is a challenge we foresee. We aim to become self-sufficient in our water consumption and its associated risks by mapping various factors and considerations. This approach helps us in prioritising our objective of water positivity in the future. Our major focus is on recycling water back into operations to reduce dependency on fresh water supply. Towards this objective, we are strategising to achieve zero-liquid discharge (ZLD) for our facilities.

At AIL, water obtained from municipal sources is normally used for heating, cooling and scrubbing operations. Water used in the heating operation is recycled back taking precaution of not losing its temperature thereby reducing energy consumption in heating. Our operations do not cause any direct impact on any water body as we do not harvest water directly from any source.

Energy management has three benefits — natural resource conservation, emission reduction and cost-efficiency. With the growing scarcity of conventional resources of energy, we have strategically focused on increasing energy efficiencies and productivity of our plants. We have been successful in developing integrated energy systems for optimal energy use. Besides, we have also invested in renewable energy sources through solar installations in the manufacturing sites.

We continually focus on reducing our environmental footprint thereby contributing towards the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under UNFCCC. Greenhouse gas emissions are mainly from the usage of fossil fuels and consumption of grid electricity. Our direct emissions include emissions from diesel and coal consumption within the boundaries of our premises while indirect emissions include emissions from purchased electricity consumption.

The management of natural resources and reducing the environmental impact of materials and manufacturing technologies is a key area of importance. We are committed to the efficient use of raw materials and minimisation of waste production. Our strategic focus on transforming by-products into marketable products not only helps us in reducing waste but also improves the material efficiency. Our R&D is focused on process and design engineering to achieve higher levels of material efficiency. The waste material generated during our manufacturing process is disposed responsibly and as per the regulatory mandate. We comply with the air emission norms prescribed by the Pollution Control Board and do not use any ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in our manufacturing processes.

A conscious and continuous effort is made to explore and adopt best practices in the environmental management and governance system to ensure all the applicable legal requirements are met. Investments are made in new technologies for improving compliance which enables us to go above and above the legal requirement.