NTPC Ltd, India’s largest integrated energy company is celebrating World Environment Day on 5th June across locations by reinforcing the theme of this year – #OnlyOneEarth, through several programmes including plantations, pledge taking ceremony, and awareness drives.
As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav ( AKAM), NTPC is undertaking several sustainable initiatives like the inauguration of Smart Township at Solapur, Maharashtra. During the CPSE ICONIC Week celebrations, NTPC is also organizing a massive tree plantation drive at its various power stations.
In an endeavour to deliver sustainable and affordable energy, NTPC has declared Energy Compact Goals at the UN and become the first energy company in the world to do so. On the eve of World Environment Day, NTPC is reinforcing its commitment to the environment.
Even though the power major has been actively exploring opportunities in green hydrogen, carbon capture, battery storage, electric mobility and waste-to-energy space, NTPC Green Energy Limited (NGEL) has been incorporated to drive clean energy initiatives of the company through a focused approach. By 2032, the company intends to have 60 GW capacity under its belt through Renewable Energy (RE) sources.
In line with National Water Mission, NTPC has been committed to the optimization of water footprint through sustainable usage including its re-use through efficient Operations and Maintenance by conservation techniques like rainwater harvesting at all its establishments. Reinforcing its unwavering commitment, NTPC has signed the CEO Water Mandate, which is a highly collaborative partnership between UNGC and specialized organizations dealing with water issues.
NTPC has modelled its sustainability initiatives through state-of-the-art technologies and process innovations to not only reduce ecological footprint but also bring positive gains for conservation, enhancement and restoration of biodiversity.
In tune with this, the company has issued Renewed Biodiversity Policy 2022 to establish a comprehensive vision and guiding principle in this domain. NTPC was the first PSU to issue Biodiversity Policy in 2018 and became a member of the India Business & Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) in the same year.
NTPC has implemented the Circular Economy initiative through Reduce, Reuse and Recycle approach for all waste generated from its operations. The company has saved more than 4 crore of paper equivalent to approximately 5000 fully grown trees annually by going paperless. NTPC has been environmentally conscious while creating a habitat for migratory birds around its power stations.
Further, NTPC has launched the use of treated sewage water from Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of municipal body for thermal power plants located within a 50 km radius of the STP. It has also initiated the co-firing in thermal plants through biomass pellets.
NTPC has planted more than 37 million trees in & around its projects. In addition, the company has been adopting the “Miyawaki” technique to promote building forests, thereby helping retain groundwater & support local biodiversity. In order to restrict pollutants within permissible limits, NTPC is also installing Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) for 60 GW thermal power capacity.