We are committed to environmental sustainability across the value chain of the organization and beyond. We provide safe and sustainable living spaces contributing to the sustainability through-out their life cycle. We engineer value to our products so that we improve the quality of life of people without adversely affecting the flora and fauna around. 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.
Patrolling vehicle(sponsored by Tata Housing) being handed over to Director, Satpura Tiger Reserve
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:
During the GreenCO Summit-2013 organized by CII at Pune in July 2013, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India felicitated Tata Housing, on behalf of IGBC, for its large Green Building-
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 “ShubhGriha” 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.
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.
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.
Tata Housing Sponsored Emergency Support Kit being handed over to Forest Department Frontline Staff, in Kaziranga Tiger Reserve
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.
Mr. Brotin Banerjee, MD & CEO, Tata Housing exchanging MoU with Mr. Ravi Singh, SG & CEO, WWF-India.
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.
Teachers participate in group activity at environment camp
Teachers understand the basics of birdwatching
On 30th May 2013, an awareness program was conducted for HeeBermiok 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.
Students participate in group activity to understand threats to biodiversity
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 areasand 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.
Degraded area near Naga GG-Sangey GG road
Habitat inside one of the Mandala sites
The preliminary assessment with Indian Army
The WWF-India survey team
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 (PokhriSanrakshanSamiti) in KCL.
An awareness cum sensitization programme was conducted in Lachen in collaboration with LachenDzumsa 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.
Another Patrolling Vehicle handed over to Forest Department by Tata Housing
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 jawanswas 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.
Predator proof Cattle Pen in Hemis in Ladakh
Tata Housing in partnership with WWF India has launched Project Save Our Snow Leopards (SOS) by unveiling the SOS online crowd funding platform on 10th January 2014 and most part of the crowd funding activity was undertaken during 2014-15. In addition to this crowd funding, Tata Housing every year provides additional fund support for snow leopard conservation.
In order to assess the distribution and relative abundance of snow leopard and its prey and the threats faced by these species in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh in India, Tata Housing through its conservation partner conducted a detailed reconnaissance surveys in the month of June 2014 in the high altitude Trans-Himalayas in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh to identify areas for detailed studies on snow leopards. Several existing and emerging threats to the snow leopard habitats were also noted. We also utilized this opportunity to interact with local communities and get their opinions on the issues surrounding human wildlife conflict, wildlife conservation and livelihoods. Based on these reconnaissance surveys, we designed the large scale study on snow leopards that we undertook in the peak of winters in January 2015. We have also designed social surveys that will run concurrently with the biological survey and help us devise better frameworks for stakeholder participation, conflict management and promoting co-existence of people and wildlife.
In order to undertake measures for managing snow leopard human conflict we have developed predator proof cattle-pens in Kargil. Three corrals/livestock stocking pens were built in partnership with the local community and the Department of Wildlife Protection Government of J&K. Taking into consideration the local knowledge, these corrals are also designed to be energy efficient and improve the quality of livestock management by keeping the interiors warm especially during winters when the temperatures go down to – 30 degrees Celsius. Except for the door and wire mesh, only the locally available material has been used in building the corrals. We will be monitoring these corrals to see whether they help in preventing livestock depredation by wolves and snow leopards which brings these endangered carnivores in conflict with local people. Retaliatory killing of snow leopards by local people is one of the key threats to their survival. Snow leopard is one of the important species in balancing the ecosystem in snow clad mountains. Only around 400-700 snow leopards are estimated to be found in India and around 7000 world-wide.
Training of Army Personnel in North Sikkim
Community meeting at Lachen on garbage management
DFO addressing Annual General Meeting of Tsomgo PSS
Participants at AGM - Tsomgo PSS
Orientation of Darjeeling villagers on spring shed conservation in Sikkim
Predator Proof Corral/Cattle Pen in Tuna, Ladakh
Villagers of Hemis in Ladakh stand before the Corrals
Distribution of Wireless Sets to Forest Frontline staff to prevent poaching