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Organization Name

Tata Steel

Case Story Title

Tata Steel's concern for Environmental Management

Case Story Date

2004/03/17

Issues Addressed

  • Principle 8 - Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

Case Story Category

Partnership Project

Countries of Impact

India

Case Description

Tata Steel has formulated an Environmental Policy which has been circulated to all departments within the organisation. In keeping with its Environmental Policy, Tata Steel sets sound environmental objectives and targets, ensures compliance to all environmental laws and statutes, conserves natural resources and energy by constantly seeking to reduce consumption and wastage, minimizes process waste and promote the recovery and recycling of materials, installation of state-of-the-art technology for pollution prevention and develops an environmentally aware workforce. The Environmental Policy has been translated into concrete actionable points, some of which are mentioned below:

- Putting measurable stretch targets to control stack emission, water pollution, solid garbage disposal and plantation of trees. These environmental measures form a part of the Corporate Citizenship Index on the score card of Managing Director. The compliance against these targets are monitored on a monthly basis.

- All production departments have their own targets of environmental measures in the areas of resource consumption, energy consumption, air environment, water environment, work area environment and water management, which are monitored in respective Councils at regular intervals.

- The steel manufacturing units have implemented Environmental Management System (EMS) ISO-14001 and Town Division outside Works has also embarked upon it.

- The necessary infrastructure facilities for implementation of ISO-14001 EMS have been provided and employees at all levels have been given the requisite training in EMS.Using best technologies and creative ways helped Tata Steel reduce Raw Materials consumption from 4.32 t/tcs in 1996-97 to 3.71 t/tcs in 2K-01. During 1996-2001, Lubricant usage decreased from 1.15 t/tss to 0.58 t/tss. Between 1972 and 2001, intensive energy saving campaigns reduced energy consumption by 37% (11.875 Gcal/tcs to 7.401 Gcal/tcs). Concerted efforts to conserve natural resources and reduce specific energy consumption have shown favourable impact on the greenhouse gas emission from the Steel Works with a reduction of approximately 3% in CO2 emission over 1999-2K. In the management of optimal use of water and reduction of pollutants in the discharged water from the plant, consumption of water (8.2 m3/tss) and discharge of waste water (5m3/tss) are much lower than the legal norms of 20m3/tss and 16m3/tss respectively. Majority of the solid waste generated from the steel works including slag and dust collected from pollution control equipment are being recycled/reused. The targets and compliance levels of the key environmental measures during '01-02 are given below:

Compliance issue;Measure;Target;Achievement

Stack emission;Particulate matter in kgs/ton of crude steel (kgs/tcs); 1.75; 1.67

Water pollutant discharged; Total mass of pollutants discharged in plant drains (kgs/tcs); Below 0.19; 0.18

Municipal Solid Waste Disposal; Thousand tons of municipal waste disposal from Township; 118018 (2K-01); 119024

Plantation of trees; No. of trees planted; 200,000; 220,940

Tata Steel has the distinction of being the first integrated steel plant in India to have obtained EMS certification as per ISO-14001 for the entire plant.

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