UPL is constantly working to reduce environmental footprint as environmental care has been a part of our core philosophy since inception and is practiced in our daily business across the value chain.
We are a proud signatory of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. We are motivated to innovate and strive harder to develop products that will serve our business purpose, help our customers while also saving precious resources like water for a green future.
A total of INR 11.86 Crores was invested into installation of energy efficient equipment. All future projects are being evaluated and approved based on the lowest energy and carbon foot print.
UPL has adopted two strategies for efficient energy management – changing the energy mix and reducing specific energy consumption. We have been successful in reducing energy by changing the energy mix by 8%. Promoting efficient technologies in our operations to reduce specific energy consumption, we reduced specific energy consumption by 9% in the past year.
Innovative Mechanical Vapor Recompression system (MVR) for concentration RO Reject to achieve Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD).
The central energy conservation cell used Pinch Technology to achieve major energy savings by using waste heat.
Usage of innovative in-line condenser cleaning system to sustain and improve heat transfer coefficient.
New ‘Heat Pipe’ technology for low grade heat recovery for process air preheating.
Energy conservation achieved by reducing refrigeration power by 12% by reducing condensing temperatures.
Installation of dry vacuum pumps for benefits such as energy savings, more efficient solvent recovery and elimination of waste oil incineration.
Usage of ambient cooling in place of energy inefficient chilled fuids.
Energy conservation by utilising Natural Gravity Head instead of pumps.
Power and water saving through installation of energy efficient screw air compressor along with waste heat recovery from lube oil that has led to the elimination of cooling tower operation.
Zero discharge across several of our plants
Industrial water management is vital to achieving future water security. We are committed to minimising our water footprint and reducing the freshwater consumption by reusing as much water as possible in our processes, through initiatives like rainwater-harvesting and waste-water treatment. We are compliant with all local and national laws related to effluent discharge.
Reduced 19% specific water consumption and 27% specific wastewater discharge by operational excellence.
Achieved Zero liquid discharge (ZLD) in our Unit 04 at Halol by implementing world class effluent reuse & recycling system.
Completed piloting of Scaleban technology to reuse treated wastewater in cooling towers, reducing fresh water demand and treated wastewater discharge in our plants.
Developed controlled discharge facilities at Unit 05 for effective surface runoff management.
Installation of 3D-Trasar for automatic chemical dosing and blowdown of cooling towers is under approval.
Reduction of effluent discharge in our Unit 05 at Jhagadia through segregation and better recycling of different effluent streams.
Adoption new technologies to replace batch manufacturing with continuous manufacturing processes to reduce environmental footprint, capex spends of the plant and quantity of effluent generated.
Completed piloting of volute technology for efficient dewatering of sludge for efficient management of sludge generated from wastewater treatment plants.
A special spill clean-up procedure for our manufacturing locations aims to minimise impact on ecosystems leading to exigencies. There have not been any significant spills at our facilities during the past year.
With the aim to decrease the quantity of waste consigned to landfill and recycle more, waste generated in our manufacturing units as well as offices is sorted at source. We take special care to reduce, recycle and eliminate hazardous solid waste.
Reduced 6% specific waste disposal from our operating plants by achieving operational excellence.
Reduced waste from packaging process by improvement in packing material.
Implemented waste segregation practices for efficient waste management.
Implemented the practices of 4R (reduce, recycle, reuse, reprocess) concept in Hazardous waste management.
Recovered value added products from waste.
Laboratory facility to monitor and control the wastewater, air pollution and hazardous waste.
New technologies to meet our sustainability goals
At UPL we promote new technologies in the field of waste water treatment and recycling to meet our sustainability goals. We approach various technology providers or suppliers for piloting and implement the technology in our manufacturing plants for better performance. Additionally our in house expert team also provides them support for successful piloting and implementation. We performed piloting of three new technology respectively Volute Sludge Dewatering press, Hydroxyl Radical treatment, Scaleban. The details about piloting are given below:
At UPL Unit 1 & 5, we have piloted the Volute Sludge Dewater Volute-Sludge-Dewatering-Press developed by Amcon Inc. Japan. Volute is sludge dewatering equipment which can be operated on continuous basis instead of batch process. It is also more energy efficient and less noise generating than any other continuous dewatering equipment.
SCALEBAN™ is a patented, mechanical, static and non-chemical water treatment equipment provided by Scaleban Equipment Private Ltd. It replaces fresh water used in cooling towers with effluents like RO reject water and ETP treated water. We have piloted this at Unit 1 to recycle ETP treated water into cooling tower up to 100000 ppm TDS.
Hydroxyl Radical treatment is one the advanced oxidation treatment to treat high COD and toxic pollutant in waste water. The Hydroxyl radical is the most powerful radical which has oxidizing power 2000 times more than ozone. We have piloted this technology at our Colombia plant.