Sustainability Report

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Beautiful is Green

 

The Company is committed to environment excellence across its value chain. In addition to minimizing & mitigating value chain impact on environment, it also strives to rejuvenate the environment by bio-diversity conservation across the geographies of India. It minimizes the environmental impact of its operations by adopting sustainable construction practices and creating climate change awareness among all its stakeholders.

 

Green Products & Green Operations: The Climate Change initiatives taken by the Company include design & development of Green products certified by Indian Green Building Council/LEED. It believes in optimum utilization of scarce natural resources and as a matter of principle it has endeavored to use optimum quantities of cement, water, steel and energy while developing properties, by adopting cutting edge technologies.

 

The Company is mapping its carbon footprint regularly at offices and project sites across scope1, scope2 and scope3 activities. Energy efficient BEE rated light fixtures, solar lighting, drought resistant plant species, efficient method of irrigation of landscapes, rainwater harvesting, soil preservation, local material consumption, re-use of salvaged materials, wind turbine ventilators, light-off policy at stipulated times, ACs at optimum temperature, Rail travel instead of air travel, car-pooling and video/audio-conferencing etc are some of the measures taken during the year for reducing carbon footprint. It has been using couplers, fly ash, geo-polymer concrete, gypsum plaster, and pervious concrete etc for carbon abatement purpose too.  Company is also trying to neutralize carbon footprint by planting trees and creating green zones in and around its business operations.

 

During the year 2012-13, the Company has conserved 54616774 liters of water through various water conservation initiatives. 5933 trees have also been planted during the year same year. Through various carbon abatement initiatives 1593 tCO2e have been abated during the year 2012-13, which is equivalent to 20.7 % of the CO2 emission of the preceding year. The carbon abatement figures of 2012-13 have been externally validated by M/S LSquare Solutions (p) ltd.

 

The Company believes in adopting latest eco-friendly technologies in construction. It is one of the few corporates in India to have taken many technological initiatives aimed at eco-friendly construction including the following:

 

  • Use of Pre-cast & RCB technology for structure which reduces cement, steel and improves quality and speed
  • Use of sustainable technology in infrastructure like Terrazyme roads, Graviloft and Gabion retaining walls and bio-char
  • Use of AAC blocks, Fly ash Blocks along with readymade cement free bonding material and plaster for masonry across sites
  • Use of cut and bend rebars and welded wire rebars

 

In recognition of Company’s adoption of cutting edge eco-friendly construction technologies, 'Tata Housing Development Company Limited' has been declared as the winner of ‘Golden Peacock Eco - Innovation Award’ for the year 2013 by the Awards Jury under the Chairmanship of Justice P. N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India and Member, UN Human Rights Commission for the RCB technology implemented in “Shubh Griha” Project at Ahmedabad. This award is given for a product or service, which shows a quantum jump in the exploitation of current technology to achieve maximum customer satisfaction at minimum cost, while ensuring sustainability.

 

Energy Management

 

We have implemented various energy efficiency initiatives at all sites. The energy efficiency initiatives include use of renewable energy, efficient lighting & equipment, BEE star rated appliances, etc.

 

  • Efficient Luminaries & Lighting Power Density
  • Level controllers in overhead water tanks
  • Energy efficient lifts with group control
  • Minimum 60% efficiency for pumps of capacity greater than 3 HP and
  • ISI rated water pumps for others
  • Minimum 75% efficiency for motors of capacity greater than 3 HP and ISI rated motors for others
  • Use of star rated appliances (ACs, computers, etc.)
  • Use of CFL/LED/T5 in lieu of normal tube light
  • Use of solar lamps at project sites
  • Use of solar water heaters
  • Optimizing use of DG set

 

Water Management

  • We have implemented rainwater harvesting and ground water recharging across sites. The water fixtures and faucets used are low flow fixtures. The lawns in landscapes are maintained with minimum areas and draught tolerant plants are grown to minimize the irrigation water requirement. In our Gurgaon based site, the waste water from municipal STP for construction activity. All the projects are designed with Sewage treatment plants to treat 100 % of domestic waste water to use in irrigation and for flushing purpose.
  • Rainwater Harvesting at least 50% of total exposed roof area
  • Water efficient Flow fixtures
  • Minimum Turf area as a percentage of total landscaped area
  • Plantation of Drought Tolerant Species on at least 25% of total landscape area
  • Water-efficient Irrigation management
  • Grey Water Treatment- use for construction, flushing and irrigation

 

Materials Management

More than 70% of the materials (by cost) used are local materials transported within 500kms radius. The recycled content of the materials is at least 20% of the total materials by cost.

 

More than 70% of the materials (by cost) used are local materials transported within 500kms radius. The recycled content of the materials is at least 20% of the total materials by cost.

 

  • Materials with Recycled Content
  • Local Materials within 500kms radius

 

Bio-diversity Conservation: The Company has partnered with WWF-India for a three years partnership for bio-diversity conservation in western Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim and tiger conservation in six tiger landscapes of India. The KCL (Khangchendzonga Landscape) and WAL (Western Arunachal Landscapes) regions are rich in biodiversity supporting many river systems, wetlands and glaciers. These regions are home to many endangered species of flora and fauna including Red Pandas. Safeguarding these natural regions with their biodiversity and maintaining their pristine environment therefore is of key importance. The following activities are being undertaken in the KCL and WAL regions on a long-term basis.

 

Greening young minds through Environment Education: Under this initiative, our partner Tata Housing in partnership with WWF-India is creating environmental awareness among school children, school teachers and communities through posters, booklets, notebooks and workshops etc highlighting the environmentally sensitivities of the region.

 

An environment camp titled “Wake up to Nature” was organised for teachers from June 6 to 8, 2013 at Chemchey, South Sikkim. The programme was targeted mostly at rural schools which were located near to Protected Areas of Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary and Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Twenty seven teachers from 16 different schools of West and South Districts participated in the programme. Over the course of two and half days, the programme covered topics on biodiversity of Sikkim, understanding climate change, solid waste management, water resources of Sikkim, and local environment issues. These issues were discussed through presentations, activities, films, nature walks and poster displays.

 

Easy to use and interactive teaching materials like posters and booklets on local biodiversity of Sikkim were also distributed to the teachers for use in their schools.  The informal nature of the camp created a good learning atmosphere for the teachers and it was well appreciated by all of them. Feedback taken from all participants at the end of the programme indicated that most of the sessions were interesting as well as new for them to learn about, and they would conduct similar activities with students in their schools.

 

On 30th May 2013, an awareness program was conducted for Hee Bermiok Secondary School in West Sikkim. The 370 students who took part in the programme were made aware about the biodiversity around them, their importance, and various natural and manmade threats to biodiversity. The students were also made aware about the solid waste issues and ways to reduce the amount of waste that they were generating from the school. A quiz contest was also organized for the students which enhanced the learning for students and made the programme interactive and fun. All the teachers of the school also participated in this event.

 

On June 21, 2013 an awareness programme with the students and teachers of Lachen School was conducted in which 25 children participated. They were made aware of the importance of Gurudongmar Lake with focus on its biodiversity values and also sensitized on the issue of garbage management.

 

Red Panda Conservation: Under this programme, during 2012-13 the study was being undertaken in conservation sites at Mandla and Jung area in the west Kameng and Tawang districts of Western Arunachal Pradesh covering field survey of assessing presence of Red Panda in selected areas, analyzing data on GIS domain and developing distribution maps and supporting conservation and management of Red Panda population and its habitats.

 

Our partner WWF-India has conducted survey in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and found indirect evidences of red panda presence in some of the areas and direct/indirect evidences of other wildlife like barking deer, Asiatic black bear, musk deer, Himalayan serow, yellow throated martin and common leopard. The basic methodology followed involved field surveys in strategic locations, semi-formatted questionnaires and interviews with villagers.

 

Developing strategies and generate awareness to sustain ecosystem services of high altitude wetlands: This programme being undertaken in Tawang district of Western Arunachal Pradesh and Gurudongmar Lake regions of North Sikkim district in Sikkim and would cover strengthening the conservation and management of Bhagajang wetland complex in WAL, strengthening Springshed Conservation, supporting initiatives for fuel wood reduction in WAL, Initiating dialogue with Government for suitable policy to support community engaged in wetland conservation in WAL, documenting and creating awareness on the ecosystem services of Gurudongmar Lake amongst the stakeholders in KCL, management of garbage at Gurudongmar and villages downstream in KCL and Strengthening Initiatives for Tsomgo Lake management with PSS (Pokhri Sanrakshan Samiti) in KCL.


An awareness cum sensitization programme was conducted in Lachen in collaboration with Lachen Dzumsa and Lachen Tourism Development Committee on May 2, 2013. The program was attended by more than 200 people., The biodiversity of the area and its importance for making the area a major tourist hotspot in Sikkim was discussed through a power point presentation. Threats and problems of garbage in the village was pointed out, mentioning about the negative impact on environment, biodiversity and also linking it to tourism which was the main source of income for most of the people in Lachen.

 

An approach to “Zero Waste” was explained to the communities citing examples from other villages in Sikkim. Simple ways of reducing garbage through household segregation was also explained to them. A movie showing the negative impacts of garbage on wildlife was also screened in the meeting. After the meeting, the communities were divided into different groups headed by the Pipon, Gyambos and LTDC for mass cleanliness drives in the village.

 

Following this, a poster was prepared showing simple ways of household segregation of garbage. A door to door campaign involving poster distribution while explaining easy methods of segregation from the household level was conducted in the village. Dzumsa and the community have been motivated towards household segregation and two dumping sites have been identified for proper dumping and four local people have been hired by the Dzumsa to monitor the illicit dumping in nearby village areas.

 

Apart from this, an awareness cum sensitization program for the army jawans was conducted on June 4 -5, 2013 to mark World Environment Day at two army camps in North Sikkim – Chaten and Yongri. A total of 50 Army jawans participated in these awareness programmes, which focused on local biodiversity, importance of wetlands and solid waste management issues in the high altitude areas.  The presentations were kept interactive and informal to facilitate maximum learning and sharing. Most personnel who came from outside the state eagerly learned about the diverse forms of wildlife that Sikkim harbours, and were also briefed about the significance of the high altitude areas.