Special Feature

UPL 2020: 30% Environmental
Footprint Reduction

UPL Sustainable Development Plan

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.

Our Environment Policy

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.

Our Ambition

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.

30% Environmental Footprint Reduction by 2020:
Plan of Action

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan

Water Consumption Reduction Plan

Waste Minimisation Plan

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 Gas Emissions Reduction Plan

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:

  • Reduce the specific energy consumption by operational excellency.

  • Implementation of energy efficient equipment in manufacturing processes.

  • Promote the use of renewable energy sources.

  • Process modification to reduce greenhouse gases during operation.

  • Implement metering, monitoring & targeting (MMT) to ensure the efficient performance of system.

  • Use of eco-friendly fuels in the utility system.

  • Using alternating transport like rail or ship for transportation of products and goods.

Water Consumption Reduction Plan

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:

  • Reduce specific water consumption by operational excellence.

  • Promote the use of harvested rain water in process.

  • Wastewater recycling and reuse to achieve zero liquid discharge by using energy & space efficient wastewater treatment technologies.

  • Develop controlled discharge facilities for effective surface run-off management.

  • Implement metering, monitoring & targeting (MMT) to ensure the efficient performance of system.

  • Implementation of effluent segregation practices and stream wise treatment.

  • Periodic internal/external audits to find root cause of excess water demand.

  • Recovery of valuable materials (like product, by-product) from effluent stream.

Waste Minimisation Plan

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:

  • Reduction of waste from packaging process by improvement in packing material.

  • Redevelopment of manufacturing process to reduce landfill/ incinerable waste during operation.

  • Implementation of waste segregation practices for efficient waste management.

  • Reduce specific waste generation of waste from manufacturing by redeveloping the process.

  • Implement the practices of 4R (reduce, recycle, reuse, reprocess) concept in hazardous waste management.

  • Recovery of value added products from waste.

  • Utilising of incinerable hazardous waste for energy recovery.

Mritunjay Chaubey
Global Vice President – Environment & Sustainability
UPL Limited