Tata Steel and CII Green Business Centre partner to develop GreenPro Ecolabel to help steel sector reduce carbon emission
Tata Steel has collaborated with CII Green Business Centre to develop a GreenPro framework for steel rebars, for the first time in India. GreenPro Ecolabel enables the end-users to make an informed choice about buying steel having the lowest environmental impact.
Steel rebars are key construction materials and have a significant impact on the sustainability of buildings. There is a need for the Indian steel industry to reduce the environmental footprint during the manufacturing of steel products and supply steel having the lowest environmental impact for the Indian building sector.
So far, more than 125 building products and materials manufacturing companies have adopted GreenPro Ecolabel for 1800+ products and are available in the market for construction of Green Buildings.
“CII will support the rerolling mills and the steel product manufacturers to implement green measures, reduce their resource consumption, also gain significant market reach in the building sector by the adoption of GreenPro Ecolabel for steel products. This would ultimately lead to a market transformation in the production and consumption of steel in India.”said K S Venkatagiri, Executive Director of CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre
Buildings and construction together account for nearly 36% of global energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Embodied carbon accounts for 11% of the building’s emissions and is primarily from materials like steel, cement, concrete, glass, etc. The use of Green or low carbon materials has the potential to reduce the life cycle environmental impacts in the construction sector. Material efficiency strategies can reduce emissions due to construction, operations, and dismantling of homes by up to 50% to 70% in India by 2050.
“The Green Building Movement in India is growing from strength to strength. Promoting sustainable materials is the need of the hour to ensure successful Green Building Movement. The GreenPro Ecolabel for Steel rebars is a step in the right direction to make the Indian steel industry green. Tata Steel will take leadership in incorporating green measures in all its steel products. It has been our constant endeavour to build a sustainable steel ecosystem. With GreenPro rebars we are moving a step forward towards the sustainable future.”said Sanjiv Paul, Vice President (Safety, Health and Sustainability), Tata Steel
“GreenPro Ecolabel for Rebars in India is an important milestone in creating a market for sustainable steel in India. Tata Steel is committed to demonstrating that going green in manufacturing steel products makes business sense and contributes to the nation’s objective of reducing CO2 emissions.”Biswajit Ghosh, Chief of Technology, Tata Steel, who chaired the task force created by CII-GBC for GreenPro framework creation for Rebars
Climate change is ‘as real as daylight’ and it is imperative for countries to strike a balance between economic development and protect the environment. Economy and ecology can coexist and green buildings are the need of the hour for this coexistence.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world’s most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world.
Tata Steel has been a part of the DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability) Emerging Markets Index since 2012. Along with that, it has been consistently ranked amongst the top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM and world steels Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including
- the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant – a first in India, and
- Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17.
- The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance,
- Received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019,
- Steel Sustainability Champion 2019 by world steel,
- CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019,
- ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, and
- Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, among several others.
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