Environment Management

Bharat Aluminium Co. Ltd. (BALCO) is committed to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment through responsible use of natural resources and continuous improvement of processes. The Company effectively manages its Mining, Aluminium and Power Business whilst carrying out its activities in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. BALCO has always been a pioneer in the field of environmental protection. It endeavours to use technologies that are energy and water efficient, and also has adequate residue management systems in place. The focus has always been towards zero effluent discharge and reduction of pollution hazards. These efforts are being pursued on an increasingly greater scale, facilitated by extending targets in Business Plan and earmarking resources.

BALCO operations are approved by concerned authorities. Applicable statutory regulations are properly complied and reviewed on periodic basis. There is a full-fledged Environment Team that works in co-ordination with operations for conducting environmental monitoring and control operations.

Green Steps

The Company’s processes and performances for improving environment management have continued to develop. A process-based management system (ISO 14001) drives these improvement journey.

As a responsible Corporate Citizen, BALCO has undertaken various key initiatives to achieve its environmental objectives. Some of them are listed below:

  • The Old Smelter has been phased out and environment friendly Point Feeder Prebaked Technology has been adopted for new smelters. This state-of-art technology comes with Dry Scrubbing Fume Treatment Plant ensuring that emissions are kept well within norms.
  • Power Plants have high efficiency hybrid Electrostatic Precipitators with bag filter and High Concentration Slurry Disposal System for ash disposal, requiring minimum amount of water.
  • At Mainpat and Kawardha Captive Bauxite Mines, construction of check dams, garland drains, water bodies for rainwater harvesting, are few among the various activities carried out as part of the Company’s commitment towards environment.
  • Every year massive plantation drives are carried out with the involvement of local people. As a result, a thick green belt has been developed in the Plant Area, Township, Mines and surrounding areas.
  • Rainwater Harvesting system has been adopted to recharge ground water at both Power and Metal areas.
  • Fumes from pot-room and bake-oven are treated by Fume Treatment Plant before released into atmosphere.
  • All stacks are equipped with Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) and remote calibration facility enabled with CPCB.
  • Awareness campaign and training programs are regularly conducted round the year including special programs on Environment day, Earth day, Ozone day, Water day.
  • Butterfly garden and medicinal garden have been developed to increase awareness on importance of Biodiversity.
  • In collaboration with Chamber of Commerce Balconagar, plastic bags elimination program has been launched at Civic center of BALCO.
  • Bar code system has been introduced at BALCO Hospital for better management of Bio Medical Waste generated from our Hospital.
  • Secured landfill (SLF) have been constructed within the plant premises for disposal of Hazardous waste generated from plant operations.
  • Common Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) is being operated within the pant which is equipped with UF/RO technology. Also Common Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) being operated at township to treat sewage water.
  • Solar panels have been installed over the roofs of three buildings which provide energy for lighting purposes in the office.