A Green Footprint
Today, environmental & development issues are at loggerheads in many parts of the world. We at Ambuja Cement have adopted sustainability as our way of doing business with due regard to the environment, energy management, efficiency enhancement, safety and community concerns. We invest in environment protection measures with a view to leave no or low traces of our operations. We have installed continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS) at all our nine kilns and continuous ambient air quality monitoring systems (CAAQMS) at all our plants for real-time monitoring of all vital pollution parameters. The Company places considerable stress on emission monitoring and management.

The Company is assessing and initiating steps to meet the newer and tighter environmental standards in India. ‘New Emission Standards for Cement Industry’ was released by the Government in August, 2014. This requires significantly newer technologies and investments which are currently under evaluation. We believe that our vision of sustainable development and environment conservation can be achieved more effectively through a structured and systematic approach. Ambuja is empowered by its overarching 'Corporate Environment Policy' along with unit-specific policies. The corporate policy is in conformity with the Ministry of Environment and Forests‘ guidelines. In addition, we also have various specific policies like the Corporate Sustainability Policy, Climate Change Mitigation Policy, and Green Procurement Policy which mention the Company’s approach towards sustainable development, climate change mitigation, and greening of the supply chain. All our manufacturing locations have an environment team equipped with laboratory facilities to enable complete monitoring of stack emissions, ambient air quality, noise level, and water quality. These teams are also responsible increase AFR use; and reduce the use of limestone by reducing the clinker factor with increased use of fly ash. Cost of major raw materials, fly ash and gypsum, increased by two per cent on a ‘per tonne’ basis. During
for implementing various environment initiatives at the units. A key element of our strategy towards environmental management is the environmental assessment system. We have implemented Holcim’s Plant Environmental Profile (PEP) system for the annual monitoring of plant’s environment performance. In addition, corporate requirements including CO2 Emissions Reporting Protocol, AFR Directive, Asbestos Directive, PCB Directive, Quarry Rehabilitation Directive, Water Directive, Biodiversity Directive, and Environment Monitoring and Reporting (EMR) protocol, were also followed.

PEP System

The Plant Environment Profile (PEP) is the Company's internal annual environment performance assessment system. The assessment is based on a detailed & standardised online questionnaire, which incorporates key elements of ISO 14001 along with key performance indicators covering a wide range of topics. These include atmospheric emissions, energy and material consumption, water, and waste and quarry management. At the end of the assessment the environment performance index score is calculated. The score is used to rate plants internally and to benchmark them against the Group’s other operating plants.

Management of Natural Resources

Cement production involves use of natural resources as key raw materials. As a responsible Company, Ambuja recognises the global pressures on natural resources. Efforts are in place for better material management, like the use of low grade limestone, synthetic gypsum waste from other industries, as well as fuel. As part of our sustainability initiative, we aim to increase biomass use to 10% by 2017; the year, the royalty on limestone was hiked by 27%. Overall, the raw material cost per tonne increased by approximately 13% over the previous year.