Dalmia Cement eyeing to be carbon negative by 2040

Bokaro: Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited has been globally ranked no. 1 by CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) for business readiness of lowest carbon transition. The company also has the lowest carbon footprint in the cement world (globally), said Sunil Gupta Executive Director, Manufacturing Head, Eastern Region.

“We follow the strict regimes and is the greenest cement manufacturing company in the world. Reducing transition risks and creating transition opportunities are the top priorities; emissions and energy intensities directly impact the operating costs and India’s Dalmia Cement aims to be carbon negative by 2040,” added Gupta. We are creating opportunities to abate costs by investing in low carbon technologies and enhancing the use of green fuels, green power and green raw material in all our cement plants across India to convert transition risks into opportunities, he said.

Talking with the newsmen at Hotel WestInn at Bokaro Steel City Gupta said, we are invested in low carbon technologies that have translated into enhanced resource generation and energy efficiency. We are five times water positive and the largest manufacturers of Portland Slag Cement (PSC) in India. “PSC is the lowest carbon footprint and the most environment-friendly cement available commercially in the markets today, he added.

As an environmentally focused company, we deploy the use of alternative fuels like slag and fly ash to build more sustainable business. In addition, the company has also entered in partnerships with premier research institutions such as IIT Delhi and EPFL, Switzerland to make cement more environment-friendly and green product, informed Gupta.

The company’s carbon negative ambition is an attempt to minimise the environmental impacts of cement production in the country.

We are the first cement Company across the globe to join RE 100 (Renewable Energy- includes Wind, Solar, Biomass and Hydropower) and EP 100 (Energy Production) – showing real business leadership in the clean energy transition by taking a joined-up approach, said Gupta adding, “the Climate Group estimates that if 100 companies double their energy productivity by 2030 – such as what Dalmia Bharat Cement has committed to do – over 170 million metric tons of emissions could be avoided cumulatively, equivalent to taking 37 million cars off the road for a year.”

We are planning to increase the production capacity from 10 MT to 16 MT by 2021 in the eastern region and 26 MT in the group, he said.

“Though we are also at work to increase the production capacity to 50 MT by 2022 under the brownfield projects, acquisition as well as greenfield projects and for which company will invest Rs 3000 crore,” added Gupta.

Under CSR Dalmia Cement is providing funds for the welfare in the field of education, health and sanitation, entrepreneurship including others. The company has continuously organized initiatives for the well-being of its communities around its area of operations at Bokaro, he said.

The CSR activities undertaken by us in the recent past are – Pond renovation at 8 locations including Pipradih, Pakhariyatand, Gorabali; Well renovation at 17 locations at Pakhariyatand, Gorabali; 450 fuel-efficient chullahs and solar lanterns distributed Pakhariyatand, Seematand Tupkadih; LED street lights installed to help 15 villages including Gorabali South, Thakurtad, Khutri, Kusulmudu, Baruatand; Livelihood training to over 450 people in various trades including tailoring, food processing, beauty and wellness, broom making and more; Social developmental activities like dental and medical camps, toilet blocks in various schools and individual households in villages, SHG formation. More than 10,000 beneficiaries of the social development activities; Computer training on the wheel, where students from Government schools of Gorabali and Bisunpur have provided computer training free of cost. Nearly 300 students have been benefited from the initiative, informed Umesh Prasad CSR Head Bokaro unit.

Notably, Dalmia Cement Limited took the total control of the Bokaro Jaypee Cement Limited (BOJCL) a Joint Venture cement unit of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Jaiprakash Associates Limited in 2014 November.

Established with an estimated cost of rupees 440 crore this plant is having the world’s latest technology of cement production with vertical rolling mill and Wagon tippler facility can produce 340 tonns of cement per hour with the help of two mills, said an official.

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