Udaipur: Hindustan Zinc, India's only and the world's second-largest integrated zinc-lead-silver producer, has bagged the GreenCo Gold and GreenCo Silver ratings. Dariba Smelting Complex has received Gold, while Zinc Smelter Debari has received Silver. Shri gave the award. Sudhanshu Pant, Chairperson of the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB), at the 5th Edition of the CII Conference in Jaipur. Mr. Arun Misra, CEO of Hindustan Zinc, was invited as a speaker at CII Conference to give his insightful views on environmental awareness.
At the conference, Mr. Misra said, “Urgency during COVID-19 pandemic has made businesses aware about their responsibility in developing sustainably. Sustainability is no longer an option; environmental awareness separates businesses." at Hindustan Zinc, every investment proposal is scanned for environmental compliances and sustainability index before being scrutinized for profits and other business aspects. As a front runner in Rajasthan, Hindustan Zinc has signed up 200 MW of renewable energy and the goal is to eliminate coal consumption for energy generation by 2050. Rajasthan has the potential to be the energy house of the future for India. The state government must seize this opportunity to promote renewable energy generation and offer energy storage solutions in zinc batteries by increasing the zinc mining capacity globally.
The GreenCo Rating is a holistic framework that evaluates businesses on the environmental friendliness of their activities using a life cycle approach. Implementing the GreenCo rating system gives companies leadership and direction on making their products, services, and processes more ecologically sustainable.
The Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) has launched an incentive program for industries in Rajasthan, which includes a 5 to 50% reduction in consent fees, company mention on RSPCB websites, annual recognition for the best three units, and a one-year extension of consent advantages. The program's objective is to provide a platform for government and industry to discuss how to build a future-ready green ecosystem by implementing the 7R tools and embracing cutting-edge technologies, as well as promoting GreenCo Ratings and other best practices to attain net-zero emissions. The GreenCo rating system aims to assess the industry's performance on parameters like energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, and green supply chain and to consider "how green the company is" with opportunities for further improvement.