As one of India’s leading cement companies, ACC puts the environment first in its vision for the future. This year’s World Environment Day theme was ‘Beat Air Pollution’ – a particularly pressing environmental concern which is responsible for around 7 million deaths every year worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. Air pollution comes from five main human sources – Household, Agriculture, Industry, Transport and Waste.
Commenting on ACC’s commitment to the environment, Neeraj Akhoury, Managing Director and CEO said, “ACC is committed to sustainable construction. By continuously adopting clean and green technologies, pursuing improvements in thermal and electrical energy efficiency, consuming energy from renewable sources and increasing our blended cements portfolio, we are reducing our level of impact on the environment. This World Environment Day we have created 2 films to encourage people to take positive action in whatever small way they can to protect the environment.”
At ACC, we make every effort to mitigate air pollution across our operations. ACC has become one of the biggest champions for using solar power in the cement industry. Wind farms located in Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are supplying nearly 35 million units of green power to ACC plants. We have increased our green energy portfolio by ~83% over last year.
ACC has developed Green Building Centres (GBC) – smart solutions for rural and semi-urban development to promote sustainable construction through a business model that provides affordable and green building materials. The GBCs are one-stop-shops for high quality environmentally-friendly building materials and services, such as Fly Ash Bricks, Cellular Light Weight Concrete Bricks and more, which are set up in partnership with local entrepreneurs. Using these eco-friendly bricks and blocks instead of regular clay bricks, considerably reduces CO2 emissions.
By disposing off industrial, municipal and agricultural wastes from across the country in our cement kilns through Geocycle, we are helping prevent harmful emissions that would have been generated had the waste been disposed through open burning or landfills.
We have reduced NOx emissions by 20%, SO2 emissions by ~12% and dust emissions by ~31% in one year by using more efficient air pollution control systems.
A healthy planet depends on us. Together, we can build a healthier, more sustainable world for ourselves and our children.
ACC Limited, a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, is one of India’s leading producers of cement and ready mixed concrete. It has over 6700 employees, 17 cement manufacturing sites, 80 concrete plants and a nationwide network of over 50,000 dealers and retailers to serve its customers. With a world-class R&D centre in Mumbai, the quality of ACC’s products and services, as well as its commitment to technological development, make it a preferred brand in building materials. Established in 1936, ACC is counted among the country’s 'Most Sustainable Companies' and it is recognised for its best practices in environment management and corporate citizenship.