The 2022 WED campaign #OnlyOneEarth calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet
Jamshedpur: Tata Steel observed World Environment Day 2022 across all its locations with a series of sustainability initiatives and community events on the theme #OnlyOneEarth.
Coinciding with the Sustainability month that is celebrated by the Tata Group every year during June added significance to the celebrations.
After a gap of two years’ due to the pandemic, this year, the celebrations, and activities were organised physically at all locations with renewed enthusiasm and vigour.
Greenathon marked the beginning of the celebrations yesterday with the participation of over 1000 participants in the fitness initiative organised by the Environment Management Dept. and Sports Dept at JRD Tata Sports Complex.
Today, the plantation drives were organised at various locations of Jamshedpur beginning at Pellet Plant (inside Jamshedpur Works) followed with KF1 Club House, Ramnagar Park (organised by TSUISL), School of Hope and at the new Eastern Water Treatment Plant campus at Ramadin Bagan.
One of the four electric vehicle (EV) charging stations was also inaugurated at Company Parking area opposite General Office inside the TSL premise. EV Charging stations have been set up at various locations of Company Parking area in the city- Bistupur (backside of Bank of Baroda), in front of General Office, Nicco Park, and in front of Basant Central, Sakchi.
The main WED programme was organised at Beldih Club by the Environment Management Department which included a webinar with Dr Gufran Beig, Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee Chair Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies attended by Sanjiv Paul, VP SHS, Sanjeev Kumar Choudhary, President, Tata Workers’ Union and other senior leadership of the Company. The awardees of all the competitions in which around 800 employees and students participated were also felicitated during this programme.
Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President Corporate Services Tata Steel inaugurated the Rejuvenated Water Body at the entrance of Tata Steel Zoological Park, part of the bigger plan of developing a new entrance of Zoo at Marine Drive. He also participated in the plantation for a fruit orchard and Miyawaki Forest (to be developed in ensuing months) near KF1 Club House along with Sanjeev Kumar Choudhary, President, TWU.
He also inaugurated a Rooftop Solar and Rainwater Harvesting Project at Naval Tata Hockey Academy campus besides inaugurating Packaged Sewage Treatment Plants (PSTP) at Nildih (150 KLD) and Baridih (700 KLD). The treated water will be used for horticulture work.
Apart from sensitising the urgent need for stronger and effective sustainability initiatives, this year’s celebration was also focused on highlighting Tata Steel’s efforts as a responsible business that cares for its environment and strives to achieve better parameters on the sustainability index. The focus for this year will be on sustainability and sustainable living, through the company’s endeavours in fighting climate crisis, saving water, reusing/recycling and taking strong actions that enable it to walk the talk on sustainability.
As one of the most prolific advocates of sustainable steel making and consumption, Tata Steel has delivered on a host of initiatives both within its plants and outside over the last several years. This includes launching a five tonne per day (TPD) Carbon Capture Unit (CCU) at its Jamshedpur works in collaboration with Carbon Clean, a global leader in low-cost Co2 capture technology.
The company created value out of waste by 100% utilization of process solid waste through usage in branded products Tata Aggreto and Tata Nirman for laying of roads and for making fly ash bricks respectively. Tata Steel set up its first solar PV Power Plant in the iron ore mine of Noamundi and set up a compost plant for treating municipal waste in Jamshedpur and generating a soil conditioner for agriculture and horticulture uses.
The company became the first steel producer in the world to join the Sea Cargo Charter (SCC) to reduce Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions in ocean trade. Under the guidance of Tata Steel’s logistics department, its vendor partners Ashmi Logistics and Shreyas Associates deployed two LNG (Liquefied Nature Gas) powered vehicles each for local movement of the products in Nagpur.
Tata Steel has also partnered with Gurugram-based Indian start up Infraprime Logistics Technology (IPLT) to launch 27 EV Trucks for the last mile connect, transporting the finished steel products at Sahibabad and Jamshedpur Plant. Tata Steel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), a global marine transport group, to develop and deploy environment-friendly shipping solutions.
Tata Steel has also deployed a ship powered by biofuel. The bulk carrier Frontier Sky, owned by NYK and operated by Tata NYK Shipping Pvt. Ltd, has successfully completed trial use of biofuel to transport cargo provided by Tata Steel establishing a proof of concept. The voyage involved a cargo of ~1,60,000 tonnes of coal transported from Gladstone, Australia to Dhamra, India.