Indian steelmaker Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited (JSHL) has been awarded the first prize at the prestigious ‘Global Environment Awards 2020' in the ‘Platinum’ category.

Established in 2010, the Global Environment Awards recognise outstanding contributions by individuals and organisations in the field of sustainable environmental practices.

The virtual award ceremony took place on December 16 and was organised by the Energy and Environment Foundation. The event was inaugurated by Honourable Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Other dignitaries present included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia, Senator Hon Marise Payne; the Minister of Resources, Australia, Hon Keith Pitt; the Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Mr U P Singh, and the Australian High Commission in India, Mr Barry O’Farrell.

Jagmohan Sood, a director of Jindal Stainless (Hisar) commented, “JSHL is committed to sustainable manufacturing and is seamlessly optimising its energy consumption at the Hisar facility. The company has significantly increased its use of environment-friendly bio-fuel, as part of its total thermal energy consumption, by a margin of 157% in the last two years. As a business philosophy, we believe that environment is a key stakeholder in our industry. This award is a testimony to our efforts in this direction.”

JSHL has undertaken several steps in pursuit of sustainable business. The company has successfully reduced its Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) by 6.3% over the last three years. As a consequence, it has successfully reduced its carbon footprint by 16.6kt over the period. The company has undertaken major initiatives aimed at reducing traditional energy consumption, including the replacement of conventional lights with LED lights, the installation of high-efficiency water pumps, and the adoption of a 650 kW rooftop solar PV system. The company claims that these steps have helped it to reap the benefits of clean energy, zero CO2 emissions, and annual power generation of 8.5 lacs kWh. All these efforts led to JSHL becoming the first stainless steel plant in India to receive ISO 50001:2018 certification.