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8th August 2021

Hindustan Zinc commits to ‘Long-term target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050’ in alignment with Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

  • Pledges to set the climate targets in line with limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C. (Business Ambition for 1.5 C campaign- SBTi)
  • The company recently launched its first Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Report based on TCFD recommendations and guidance.

Udaipur, 8th August 2021: Hindustan Zinc Limited, one of the world’s largest and India’s only integrated producers of Zinc, Lead, and, Silver has been a pioneer in sustainable mining. While the world is now dealing with the rage of climatic change, Hindustan Zinc has Committed to set the long term target to reach Net Zero emission by 2050 in line with Business Ambition for 1.5 C campaign led by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) The Science Based Targets initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).”

On committing to Business Ambition for 1.5°C Campaign, Mr. Arun Misra, CEO, Hindustan Zinc adds, “Sustainability has always been the most prominent vision of Hindustan Zinc. The consequences occurring globally due to climatic change demonstrate that our Earth is very vulnerable to global warming. It’s time that we should do our part to control and limit the global temperature rise. 1.5°C is #OurOnlyFuture and being a responsible corporate, we have set a goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. We have committed to the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ campaign to set a net-zero target in line with a 1.5°C future., which is led by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). I believe that we can yet build a better, safer, and greener future, and this commitment will rightly help us to achieve that.”

Earlier this year, Hindustan Zinc was awarded the Most Sustainable Company in the Mining Industry by World Finance at their Sustainability Awards 2021. As a COP26 Business Leader, the company has always been actively initiating towards tackling the repercussions of climate change. The company is also among the only two mining companies globally and among only four Indian companies to be a part of the coveted CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) ‘A List’ 2020. Hindustan Zinc has set Sustainability Development Goals 2025 for themselves where company is aiming towards 0.5 mn tCO2e GHG emission savings in their operations from the base year 2017 as part of their climate risk mitigation efforts.

Hindustan Zinc has also signed MoUs with Epiroc and Normet to bring Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) in underground mining. This initiative is the first of its kind in India in the mining sector. that will help in reducing carbon emissions, enabling the mine operations to become more environmentally friendly.

Epitomizing towards smart, secure, and sustainable operations, the company has launched its first TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related financial disclosure) report which sets the adoption of TCFD framework for climate change risk and opportunity disclosure.

The ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ campaign is backed by a global coalition of UN leaders, business organizations, and NGOs. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which leads the campaign, drives ambitious climate action in the private sector by enabling companies to set science-based emission reduction targets. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) aims at joining a growing group of leading companies that are demonstrating the highest level of ambition on climate and paving the way to a net-zero future.

Hindustan Zinc and the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) together will aid in limiting the global warming rise to 1.5°C.

To know more about the company’s commitment towards sustainable future, click on:

https://sciencebasedtargets.org/companies-taking-action?status=Committed&country=India#table

https://www.hzlindia.com/wp-content/uploads/Integrated-Annual-Report-2020-21.pdf

https://www.hzlindia.com/wp-content/uploads/HZL-TCFD-Report-20-21.pdf

About Hindustan Zinc Limited

Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group Company, is one of the world’s largest and India’s only integrated producer of Zinc-Lead and Silver. The Company has its Headquarter at Udaipur in the State of Rajasthan where it has its Zinc-Lead mines and smelting complexes. Hindustan Zinc is self-sufficient in power with captive thermal power plants and also has ventured into green energy by setting up wind power plants. The Company is ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific and globally 7th in Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2020 amongst Mining & Metal companies. Hindustan Zinc is a certified Water Positive Company, a member of the FTSE4Good Index and has scored ‘A’ rating by CDP for climate change.

Being a people-first company, Hindustan Zinc believes in inculcating the values of Trust and Excellence to have a culture of high-performance in its workforce. The company takes pride in having some of the best-in-class people practices and employee centric initiatives, which have certified Hindustan Zinc as – ‘Great Place to Work 2021’, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and the People First HR Excellence Award.

As a socially responsible corporate, Hindustan Zinc has been relentlessly working to improve the lives of rural and tribal people residing near its business locations. The company is amongst the Top 15 CSR Spenders in India and are currently reaching out to 500,000 people in 184 core villages of Rajasthan and 5 in Uttarakhand. As a market leader, Hindustan Zinc governs about 77% of growing Zinc market in India.