UPL 2020: 30% Environmental Footprint Reduction
At UPL Limited, we believe that Sustainability is the best opportunity for business to drive smarter innovation and profitable growth. Sustainability ensures a fair society, living within environmental limits and creates a sustainable profitable business. We are constantly working to reduce environmental footprint and find innovative product solutions that benefit the environment. Our environmental standards apply worldwide.
Our commitment to environmental protection, health and safety extends beyond the scope of legal requirements. In the case of acquisitions we examine prior to the transaction whether the applicable environmental and occupational safety regulations and fundamental employee rights are complied with at the production sites in question.
We are committed to the chemical industry’s Responsible Care™ initiative and have set out the basic principles of this commitment in our Global Environmental Footprint Reduction Plan. Certified HSEQ management systems control its operational implementation.
Protecting the environment is our duty towards life. At every step, we are conscious of fulfilling our responsibility in sustaining our planet. We firmly believe in, and are committed to monitoring and improving environmental performance, pollution prevention and environmental protection.
These aims will be achieved through:
Adopt structured approach toward sustainability.
Implement the code of practices of Responsible Care™ initiative to achieve international benchmark in pollution prevention.
Comply with all applicable statutory and other requirements pertaining to Environmental Management System (EMS) as well as make necessary improvements to go beyond compliances.
Follow the international environmental policies, best practices, efficient technologies to improve our environmental performance.
Utilise natural resources to meet the need of the present without compromising the need of future generations.
Conserve natural resources by their responsible use and achieve reduction in our environmental footprint.
Create culture of practicing environmental management system, procedures among employees.
Promote environmental awareness among employees & community.
The United Nations (UN) adopted the ‘Agenda 2030’ with a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Our ambition is to achieve the ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals’ to transform our world.
To align our UPL Sustainable Development Plan with UN Sustainable Development Goals, our ambition is to reduce 30% Environmental footprint in our manufacturing plants by 2020.
Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions will have a growing impact on our business. We have set ourselves a bold reduction target for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Our greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan includes following:
Sustainable industrial water management plays a vital role in achieving future water security in a world where water stress will increase. The optimum utilisation of all natural resources is an integral part of UPL’s commitment to sustainable development. Aiming to decrease abstracted water demand in our operating plants, we set water reduction target at relevant production sites and develop and install technologies that improve water use efficiency and quality.
Our specific water reduction plan includes following:
Our products get protected and transported safely due to packaging, but at the same time it can end up as waste. Our approach to sustainable packaging takes a lifecycle perspective. We will achieve our waste reduction targets through a combination of reducing, reusing, recycling and eliminating packaging materials.
Our specific waste minimisation plan includes following:
Global Vice President – Environment & Sustainability