BHUBANESWAR, SEPT 27, 2023
Vedanta Aluminium conducted an awareness campaign among students on the occasion of World Ozone Day recently, in association with the Regional Office of the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) and Badmal Panchayat Government School, Jharsuguda.
The event was graced by several distinguished attendees, including HK Nayak, Regional Officer – Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Anusha Ekka, Deputy Scientist – OSPCB, Kishore Patel, Principal – Badmal Panchayat Government School, along with Amit Kumar Tyagi, Head -Environment at Vedanta.
The day-long celebration was marked by a series of engaging activities to raise awareness about the significance of the ozone layer and the need to preserve it, aligning with the theme of World Ozone Day 2023 ‘Fixing the Ozone Layer and Reducing Climate Change’.
The highlight of the event was the planting of saplings, including Chloroxylon Swietenia (a vulnerable tree species) and various fruit-bearing plants, symbolizing Vedanta’s commitment to a greener future. A lively Nukkad Natak (street play) underscored the need for ozone layer preservation.
In addition, students from classes 6th to 10th participated in drawing competitions, while the students of senior classes (9th and 10th) were engaged in a thought-provoking debate competition themed around World Ozone Day.
Speaking about Vedanta’s sustainability initiatives, Vedanta Limited – Aluminium Business COO Sunil Gupta said, “Our comprehensive approach towards environmental sustainability includes a robust focus on carbon reduction and mitigation. In pursuit of this endeavour, we have achieved significant reductions in GHG emissions, promoted enhanced water management practices, promoted circular economy practices through sustainable by-product and waste management, and created massive carbon sinks. Our operational approach, from raw material sourcing to product delivery, is consistently focused on the long-term sustainability of the planet.”
Speaking on the awareness drive, HK Nayak, Regional Officer, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Jharsuguda said, “I wish to commend Vedanta for their proactive approach in forging this strategic partnership aimed at nurturing future environmentally conscious citizens. This collaboration underscores the critical importance of raising awareness about ozone-depleting substances, which are significant contributors to climate change. Through this initiative, we seek to emphasize the pressing need for immediate action, in alignment with the principles of the Montreal Protocol.”
Vedanta Aluminium significantly increased its focus on climate action through a blend of global benchmarking, industry partnerships, proactive business action and community mobilisation.