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Tata Steel Meramandali wins the prestigious CII National Award for Environmental Best Practices 2023

Narendrapur, July 21, 2023

Award given for sustainable utilization of LD Sludge in Pellet as the Most Innovative Project

Tata Steel Meramandali (TSM), located in Dhenkanal district of Odisha, has received the prestigious Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Award for Environmental Best Practices 2023 for its ground-breaking project, “Sustainable Utilization of LD Sludge in Pellet.” The project has been recognized as the “Most innovative project” at the 10th edition of the award.

Amit Ranjan, Chief, Marketing & Sales, Industrial By-product Management Division (IBMD), Tata Steel; Ritesh Kumar, Head, Marketing & Business Development, IBMD, Tata Steel and Susavan GhosalSenior Manager, Sales & New Business Development, TSM received the award on behalf of TSM in a glittering ceremony held in Pune.

As part of its ongoing efforts to contribute to the circular economy and promote sustainable practices of waste recycling and reuse, TSM has been addressing the challenge of managing solid wastes generated from its steelworks. One such waste is LD sludge, generated during the production of steel in a basic oxygen furnace (BOF). This was previously difficult to recycle due to its high zinc content.

However, the innovative approach adopted by TSM has revolutionized the handling of LD sludge by incorporating LD sludge into the pellet production process. TSM has not only found an effective solution for waste management but has also significantly improved operational efficiency.

Commenting on the award, Subodh Pandy, Vice President Operations, Tata Steel Meramandali, New Material Business and Graphene,  says, “This honour recognises our efforts on innovation and sustainability in steelmaking, as we recycle and reuse LD sludge, reduce waste, save resources, lower emissions, and enhance competitiveness. We thank CII, our customers, partners, employees, and communities for their support and trust. We dedicate this award to them and to the green future of the steel industry in India.”

Through this pioneering effort, Tata Steel is leading the way in the steel industry for effective utilization of waste LD Sludge, thereby reducing environmental impact.

Through this award CII, in its endeavour to recognize, encourage, and support the efforts of the Indian industry in conservation of natural resources and pollution prevention, has been recognizing units that make significant and measurable contributions towards the development or use of cleaner technologies, processes, or practices for environmental protection.


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About Tata Steel

  • Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 35 million tonnes per annum.
  • It is one of the world's most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world.
  • The group recorded a consolidated turnover of ~US$30.3 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2023.
  • A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Limited, together with its subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 77,000.
  • Tata Steel has announced its major sustainability objectives including Net Zero Carbon by 2045, Net Zero Water consumption by 2030, improving Ambient Air Quality and No Net loss in Biodiversity by 2030.
  • The Company has been on a multi-year digital-enabled business transformation journey intending to be the leader in ‘Digital Steel making by 2025’. The Company has received the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants.
  • Tata Steel aspires to have 25% diverse workforce by 2025. The Company has been recognised with the World Economic Forum’s Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion Lighthouse 2023.
  • The Company has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 10 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016.
  • Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur Plant is India’s first site to receive ResponsibleSteelTM Certification.
  • Received Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, 2023 Steel Sustainability Champion recognition from worldsteel for six years in a row, 2022 ‘Supplier Engagement Leader’ recognition by CDP, Top performer in Iron and Steel sector in Dun & Bradstreet's India's top 500 companies 2022, No. 1 brand in India in the Mining and Metals industry in Top 100 brand rankings for 2023 by Brand Finance, and ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute.
  • Received 2022 ERM Global Award of Distinction, ‘Masters of Risk’ - Metals & Mining Sector recognition at The India Risk Management Awards for the seventh consecutive year, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.

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