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BALCO wins prestigious Golden Peacock Award 2020 for Sustainability

Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer, won the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock Award 2020’. Golden Peacock Awards is instituted by the Institute of Directors (IOD). The award was received by Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO in a virtual ceremony held on 10th February 2021. This award bears the testimony of BALCO’s continuous endeavor towards the concept of sustainable manufacturing by focusing on economic, environmental, and social aspects of metal manufacturing activities. BALCO’s sustainability strategy is focused on evolving production processes to become more efficient with increased use of green and clean technologies.

Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO & Director, BALCO, expressed happiness over receiving the accolade and said, “Vedanta’s ethos of ‘Zero Harm, Zero Waste and Zero Discharge’ continues to guide our environmental and social performance. BALCO has effectively optimized and excelled its overall performance through its focused approach to operational excellence practices, innovation, analytics, resource optimizations, waste utilization and its overall impact on local communities. Effective management of resources, safety and environmental sustainability are pivotal to how we operate and produce aluminium – the green metal for a greener tomorrow.”

In its commitment towards sustainable practices, BALCO controls ambient air quality using top-of-the-line technologies like Fume Treatment Plant (FTP). Fly ash disposal from its power plant to the ash dykes are disposed through advanced High Concentration Slurry Disposal (HCSD) systems. The same fly ash is then utilized 100% to make bricks and for road construction. The company has set up a scientific Solid & Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) center in its township to convert organic waste into compost. As part of its commitment to increase green cover in and around the plant site, BALCO has planted more than 5.5 lakh trees. The organization has also been successful in recycling 100% water in its smelter operations.

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. Vedanta Limited is the world’s 6th largest diversified natural resources company and the largest producer of aluminium in India. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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