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3rd August 2021

Hindustan Zinc wins CII National Award for Environmental Best Practices 2021

  • Restoration of Jarofix Yard at Chanderiya Smelter and Biodiversity Park at Rajpura Dariba Mine have won CII National Award for Environmental Best Practices 2021
  • Mycorrhiza technology was deployed for Jarofix Yard Restoration
  • Around 50,000 plants of 42 various species were planted at Biodiversity Park

Udaipur, 3rd August 2021: Epitomizing to the company’s vision of ‘Protecting and enhancing biodiversity for a sustainable future’, Hindustan Zinc has won the ‘Most Innovative Environmental Project Award’ for its Chanderiya Lead Zinc Smelter (CLZS) – Restoration of Jarofix Yard and ‘Innovative Environmental Project Award’ for Biodiversity Park at Rajpura Dariba Mine -in the renowned CII National Award for Environmental Best Practices 2021.

Commenting on the accomplishment, CEO of Hindustan Zinc, Mr. Arun Misra, said, “We at Hindustan Zinc strongly believe that our commitment to sustainability will lead us to a healthier and greener tomorrow not just for ourselves but also for future generations. As a responsible corporate, we have put before ourselves rigorous and ambitious Sustainability Development Goals 2025 and each step we take is directed to achieving them. The two projects including plantation of 50000 plants in Biodiversity Park at Rajpura Dariba Mine and developing green area on the waste land in collaboration with The Energy and Research Institute (TERI) have been recognized as innovative environmental projects by the industry and make us proud of our green steps. They exemplify our company’s vision of protecting and conserving the biodiversity around us to achieve a minimum of No Net Loss (NNL) of biodiversity and Net Positive Gain (NPG) of biodiversity at all our operations.”

Over 10 hectares of land within the Rajpura Dariba Mine has been developed as Biodiversity Park, wherein more than 50,000 plants of 42 different species were planted. Earlier the entire area was covered with invasive species, after soil enrichment and conditioning, the area has now been converted into a green land. The Chanderiya Lead Zinc Smelter team in collaboration with TERI (The Energy and Research Institute) has used Mycorrhiza technology for the development of 3-hectare Green area on its exhausted Jarofix Waste yard. The Mycorrhiza technology is a symbiotic association between a plant and a fungus, where the plant provides food for the fungus and the fungus draws nutrients from the soil and adds to the improvement of cultivation processes, rejuvenation of fertile soils, and reclamation of wasteland into productive land in a sustainable manner.

Among all the 196 Projects that had applied, the Restoration of Jarofix Yard Project and the Biodiversity Park Project were shortlisted in the 35 Environment Best Practice Projects. Tarun Meghwal – Sr. Manager Environment, Vijay Rana – Manager Process, Manisha Bhati – Deputy Manager Environment and Harish Chaturvedi – Executive Environment from the Chanderiya team and Vivek Kumar – Head Environment DSC and Himanshu Sharda – Team Member Environment RDM team presented the project to jury members of esteemed Industry professional and received huge appreciation for the project and its implementation by the Jury Team.

This achievement is truly an honour for the entire Hindustan Zinc team for their commitment to the conservation of biodiversity. With this success, the Chanderiya Lead Zinc Smelter team and Rajpura Dariba Mines team have created a benchmark project for the Mining and Metal industries.

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 5th in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2021 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.