At Jubilant Life Sciences, environment management has gone through various iterations from initially being a mere responsibility issue to eventually transforming into a competency and performance issue.
To address the concerns related to the environment, we have formulated Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Policy, applicable to all locations irrespective of the type of operations and geographies. The policy outlines the fundamental ideology of not only complying with the regulatory standards but also excelling in improving its environmental performance through continual review. The EHS policy acts as a guiding principle for identifying, addressing and eliminating or mitigating any impacts/risks arising from resource utilisation, processes, unsafe working conditions, waste, effluent generation or emissions.
At Jubilant, we recognise the need for environmental stewardship at the helm. Throughout our endeavours, we have placed systems, processes, and metrics necessary to drive advancement in water conservation, energy conservation and waste management. As recognising environmental issues is important for us, ‘Environmental Management’ has been one of the most integrated part of our business. Environment Health and Safety division has been set up at all our manufacturing facilities with well-developed environmental laboratories for monitoring of relevant environmental parameters.
The operational responsibility for environmental aspects is undertaken by the Executive Director, a Member of Company’s Board. The Chief Sustainability officer monitors our overall EHS performance from corporate office and reports to Executive Director.
'Our plants are certified to ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001'
Display of Policies
Jubilant Life Sciences takes a broad approach to water stewardship.
At Jubilant Life Sciences, we utilise water during manufacturing of the products and solutions. We meet our water requirements through surface and groundwater sources. Jubilant is continuously optimizing water consumption through process modification and adoption of new technologies. Our strive to recycle usable water from the effluents after treatment further helps in reducing fresh water consumption. We have also implemented rain water harvesting at our plants, which helps recharge ground water.
Effluent Treatment and Management
Most of our major manufacturing facilities have adopted a zero discharge strategy
Managing wastewater is intrinsically linked to management of the entire water chain. Optimal use and reuse of water is the key to successfully meeting the vast water requirement. All manufacturing facilities cater to effluent treatment and recycling. Jubilant Life Sciences has installed waste water treatment facilities at major manufacturing facilities and maintained zero discharge. All three effluent units are sent to Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) after primary treatment at plant level.
Air Emissions Management
Utilising innovative technologies for minimizing impact on the Environment
Jubilant Life Sciences has adopted various measures in order to reduce both air and GHG emissions. Several initiatives are put in place to reduce companies GHG emission like technology change, switching to renewable energy, improving energy efficiency and others. The primary sources of air emissions at Jubilant are Flue Gas and Process Emissions.
“Reduce, Recover, and Treat,” approach is used for controlling process emissions. We have employed in-house R&D for continual process improvement. In order to control particulate emissions, we use multiyclones, bag filters and high efficiency Electro-Static Precipitators (ESPs). Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are treated through Catalytic Incineration and Thermal Oxidation, whereas recovery is carried out through the use of condensers and chillers.
Recycle-recovery and Safe disposal of Hazardous Waste
Managing wastes from chemical industry requires intensive use of environmentally sound technology for its handling and disposal. We have developed a two-pronged strategy to deal with ‘recycling & recovery’ and ‘safe disposal’ of generated waste. Our ‘Reduce Waste at Source’ strategy is aimed at the following:
- Prevention and reduction of waste generated
- Efficient use of raw materials and packaging materials
- Encouraging re-use, recycling, and recovery
Jubilant has also adopted co-processing as a form of waste management. In this process hazardous waste material which was earlier incinerated in-house, can be sent to cement kilns for co-processing. This helps in utilising hazardous waste as alternative fuel for cement industry. Co-processing results in complete thermal destruction of waste, and hence is considered a sustainable solution.
Apart from this, the unutilised hazardous wastes are incinerated. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guidelines are referred while operating incinerators at major manufacturing facilities and while installing new ones. Some of the facilities do not operate incinerators and are sending their hazardous waste to government authorised Common Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs).
As per the Company’s commitment towards safe disposal of e-waste, we dispose e-waste through authorized recycler. This helps in material recovery from electronic waste.
Climate Change Mitigation
Focussed on waste heat recovery and increasing share of renewable energy
Jubilant Life Sciences aims to operate through a low carbon footprint and support in mitigating the risk of climate change. The commitment from the top management is visible in the form of Climate Change Mitigation Policy which aims to mitigate the risk of climate change through participatory and collaborative efforts. The Company sees cleaner production as a new market opportunity. The Company is also monitoring any change in regulation which may result in financial implication with respect to energy and other resources relevant to the Company’s business.
On June 5, 2009, on the eve of World’s Environment Day, the Company released its Climate Change Mitigation Policy.
Towards its commitment to this climate change policy, the Company has adopted and implemented several initiatives to reduce the Company’s Green House Gases (GHG) emission. Some of the key focus areas are technology change, switching to renewable energy, improving energy efficiency of the process and equipments, change in mode of transportation. Bio-mass, biogas and bio-diesel are the key renewable energy sources in the overall energy mix of the company. The Company has invested significantly to generate energy from its distillery effluent in the form of Bio-gas and slop, fired in the boiler. The Company is also focussing more and more on recovery and use of waste heat from processes and equipments, wherever feasible to reduce its carbon footprint.
The Company is also monitoring and reporting its GHG emission regularly. To understand the product carbon footprint, the Company has already conducted two life cycle based carbon footprint studies by reputed external agency for 2010-11 and the latest one for 2011-12. The latest study was conducted on 15 key products of the Company using the cradle to gate approach. From both the studies it was evident that the products manufactured by Jubilant through ethanol (biogenic source) route have a much lesser carbon footprint than similar products which are manufactured through conventional petro route.