Mining, by its nature, affects the environment. To manage this, Vedanta is investing in systems to reduce emissions, protect fresh water sources, increase energy productivity and safeguard bio-diversity.

This includes addressing legacy issues at sites that have previously had a negative impact on the environment, retro-fitting older assets with new technology and ensuring new operations are as efficient as possible by design. We work with partners to refine our approach. For example, we have worked with a wide range of environmental organisations, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature to protect bio-diversity around our Gamsberg project, see Case study: Conserving biodiversity at Gamsberg.

Highlights 2017/18

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    Invested US$100 million in environmental performance management programmes

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    Recycled 82% of high-volume and low-effect waste in sustainable applications (fly ash, slag, red mud, gypsum)

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    Saved 4.1 million m3 of water against the target of 2.2 million m3

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    Dedicated the first Green Road made by Vedanta Jharsuguda using fly ash as a primary component

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    Conserved 2.6 million GJ of energy against the target of 1.39 million GJ

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    GHG intensity reduction from a 2012 baseline is on track – 14% achieved against expectation of a 16% reduction by 2020

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    Hindustan Zinc is the only Indian mining and metals company to be listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index – and was ranked 1st for its enviromental performance

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    With active closure successfully completed, the Lisheen mine site in Ireland has been redeveloped as a National Bioeconomy Campus

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