During the World Environment week in June 2012, Vedanta’s Hindustan Zinc had taken up the initiative to plant 100,000 saplings at its business locations in Rajasthan. All the units of Hindustan Zinc participated in this drive and set-up a new record by planting 150,000 saplings in just 5 months. During the drive neem, seesam, ashoka and palm trees were planted.
Hindustan Zinc already houses more than 12 lakh plantation, in and around its business locations. The company’s plantation drive aligns with the flagship project of the Rajasthan State Government’s “Green Rajasthan”.
The plantation drive started under extreme temperature of 45 degrees and the company is also maintaining and taking care of these plants with the support of District Administration and local community.
Hindustan Zinc has been one of the largest contributors in terms of protecting and conserving the environment. Company’s plants have been set-up on most environment friendly technologies that allows the plants to operate on `zero discharge’ and these units are now heading towards `zero waste’. The companies has persistent focus on minimal impact on environment, re-cycle and re-use practices, and is conserving bio-diversity in and around its operating units.
Head Corporate Communication, Pavan Kaushik informed that “Very few people know that Hindustan Zinc produces about 25 MW of power just through the waste heat recovery process. As a part of green energy initiatives the company is also one of the largest producers of wind power – 275 MW in India, which is registered under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is entitled for carbon credits.”
Hindustan Zinc practice the `4-R Policy’ – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse and Reclaim. The company has a dedicated effluent treatment plant at all smelters. The Reverse Osmosis Plant installed at the units result in a constant decrease in consumption of fresh water.
Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company, in zinc-lead-silver business, is the world’s largest integrated producer of zinc and also the largest producer of Lead and Silver in India.