Vedanta Aluminium & Power Business, India’s largest producer of the aluminium and its value-added products is fostering hundreds of MSMEs in remote rural areas with its innovative ‘waste to wealth’ programmes. ‘Waste to wealth’ projects form a key pillar of Vedanta’s sustainability agenda that is centred around ‘Zero Harm, Zero Waste and Zero Discharge’.
Vedanta is fostering local micro enterprises by providing fly ash to brick making enterprises free of cost at their doorsteps amounting nearly 5 lakh metric tonnes per annum. In addition, it also provides know-how and training on bricks manufacturing to these enterprises with technical institutes and creating employment avenues and promoting circular economy.
It said, “The beneficiaries from this project are underprivileged villagers who would otherwise depend on cattle rearing, subsistence agriculture or would migrate to other states to work as construction labourers for their livelihood. At Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha), more than 90% of fly ash generated at the company’s alumina refinery is used by local entrepreneurs in their brick manufacturing units.”
Rahul Sharma, Dy CEO – Aluminium Business, Vedanta Ltd said, “At Vedanta, we integrate smart innovation, best-in-class technologies and global best practices to create value for the nation. A strong sustainable development agenda guides all our actions and business decisions, and we are committed to nurturing MSMEs in all our areas of operations.”
Sharma adds, “We understand that this responsibility becomes even more pertinent now that a lot of migrant labourers have receded back to their villages in the wake of the pandemic and need sustainable livelihoods in these remote areas. All of our business units have robust waste management systems in place and scientifically manage the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ trifecta of value-creation by working with local entrepreneurs and community members.”
Besides brick manufacturers it will also be supplying ash to cement manufacturers and for highway construction building green roads and backfilling mine voids for restoring mined-out areas and other avenues.
In the fiscal year 2021, Vedanta had achieved highest ever fly ash utilisation of 117% through these methods and is now looking to expand its ecosystem of MSME partners