December 19, 2017
Tata Power awarded for Domain Excellence in biodiversity conservation at CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2017
Tata Power is the only company to win the award for two consecutive years
National: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, today announced its win at the CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2017 for its significant achievements in biodiversity conservation having been assessed an awardee for coveted Domain Excellence category. Tata Power is the only company to win the award for the second consecutive year. The award ceremony was graced by the presence of CK Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Dr IN Rao, head, corporate environment and climate change, Tata Power, receiving the award on behalf of the organisation.
|Dr IN Rao, head, corporate environment and climate change, Tata Power, receiving the award on behalf of the organisation|
Tata Power achieved outstanding results for conserving endangered Mahseer fish species over the last 40 years. The company has setup a hatchery in Lonavala, Maharashtra, which breeds the species and is distributed to state fisheries departments for release into the wild. Through its bio-diversity strategy, the company has been systematically working for biodiversity conservation and has initiated many activities, including massive afforestation programs in the northern Western Ghats and community-led conservation efforts in Kutch. Over 1,000 hectares of mangroves have been restored, and the company has successfully preserved catchment areas around hydro reservoirs in Northern-Western Ghats.
Commenting on the achievement, Anil Sardana, MD and CEO, Tata Power, said, “At Tata Power, sustainability is a way of life and is ingrained in our every action. As per our philosophy of leadership with care, we define sustainability as care for customers, communities, people and environment. Some of our flagship initiatives such as ‘Act for Mahseer’ has grown onto become a national movement and its impact has been phenomenal. We are extremely delighted and proud that our efforts have resulted in this recognition which encourages us to do better and at a larger scale”.
Besides having a dedicated team for biodiversity management, Tata Power has partnered with reputed organisations including the IUCN for enhancing its efforts in conservation and outreach. Tata Power successfully formed 20 separate Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) at the village level. The company’s biodiversity project also involves conservation of rare and endangered plants, animals and endemic bird species.
Instituted by the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in 2006, the Sustainability Awards identify and recognise exemplary performance in economic, social and environmental dimensions of Indian business.