At Asian Paints, we are on a constant vigil to enhance the positive attributes of paint while arresting its negative impact on the environment and maintaining high quality and safety standards.
827 million litres
Of water replenished against 583 million litres of fresh water consumed in FY 2017-18
Units of electricity consumed in FY 2017-18 was from renewable sources
Reduction in total carbon emissions in FY 2017-18 from FY 2013-14 (baseline)
Responsible use and protection of natural environment through conservation and
sustainable practices have been the primary areas of Asian Paints environmental stewardship.
At Asian Paints, we have laid emphasis on conservation initiatives, especially energy waste, effluent reduction and water conservation and biodiversity
All six units are ISO 14001 certified and have zero liquid discharge operations
Under project NEW, each of our six decorative paint manufacturing facilities have been given a unique ‘theme’ with performance targets (with base year FY 2013-14)
Natural Resource Conservation
Energy & Emission Reduction
|Parameter||Performance FY 2017-18 (%)*||Target 2020 (%)*|
|Reduction in specific non-process freshwater consumption||63||66|
|Reduction in specific electricity consumption||31||33|
|Electricity from renewable sources||35||36|
|Reduction in specific industrial effluent generation||73||75|
|Reduction in specific hazardous waste disposal||38||45|
*In % reduction from base year FY 2013-14
Every drop counts – Water Management
Water Management beyond Premises
Water is a crucial natural resource that we share with our communities. As a responsible corporate, we continue to replenish the water we use over time – a complex and a never-ending challenge. We invest and support community water projects across all our manufacturing locations through:
Lake Desilting – Rohtak
Every year, we work to engage in new replenishment projects to deliver intended benefits to our communities. In FY 2017-18, at our Rohtak plant, we partnered with FORCE, an NGO, to desilt a pond in Kherisadh village, nearly 2 km from our Rohtak plant.
Project Rainbow – Kasna
We helped replenish groundwater in Kasna under Project Rainbow. During FY 2017-18, we assisted in erecting 18 RWH structures with recharge potential of 13 million litres per annum. Since its commencement in 2013, the project has created an overall recharge potential of ~138 million litres per annum.
Water replenishment capacity created in FY 2017-18
Rainwater harvesting structures created in Kasna village since 2013
Water Management within Premises
Responsible water usage is a key constituent of our commitment to resource conservation. We have taken numerous steps such as:
All the manufacturing units consistently work towards diminishing specific energy consumption. Some of our major initiatives during FY 2017-18 include:
Improved the design for grinding and reducing the Twin Shaft Disperser (TSD) used for raw material grinding cycle time at Sriperumbudur
Cycle time reduction in TSD
Reduction of agitator cowl disc speed during powder addition and grinding in the twin shaft dispersers and also optimisation of mixing time in the TSD
Reduction in power consumption at liquid charging stage in TSD
Energy saving per batch
Our Green Energy Portfolio
RE36 – aims to source 36% of our total electricity consumption at decorative paint plants through renewable sources by 2020. We have made rapid strides in this direction during FY 2017-18, improving our RE footprint to 35% from 22% in the previous year. We actively invested in upgrading our RE infrastructure by commissioning new rooftop solar and windmill projects that enhanced our total installed RE capacity to more than 24.06 MW.
Reduction in power consumption at liquid charging stage in TSD
Installed capacity location wise
Big measures for big impact
RE Wind Power Portfolio contribution of 20.1%
Installed capacity 13.8 MW generated more than 12.9 million units in FY 2017-18
RE Solar Power Portfolio contribution of 15.2%
Installed capacity 10.26 MW generated more than 9.8 million units in FY 2017-18
Emissions in the paint industry stem from various sources such as the manufacturing process, filling and cleaning activities, mixing, storage of solvents and paint application.
During the last few years, we have been able to reduce our emissions by use of alternate fuel, improving our energy efficiency and enhancing our renewable energy portfolio.
Reduction in total emissions despite 37% increase in production volumes since FY 2013-14 (baseline)
We believe minimising waste in our processes helps us reduce our costs and decrease the use of materials, energy, water and land.
Upgrading wash water handling system
During water-based paint processing, significant amount of wash water is produced while cleaning the processing vessels and pigging (transfer) lines. A major challenge remains in handling and reusing this wash water as it is susceptible to microbial growth/ fermentation, thereby having an impact on the product quality. We upgraded the wash water handling systems by automating them.
Significant reduction in trade effluent generation
Used most of the wash water generated during the year
Wash water reused in Khandala factory in 2017-18
Hazardous Waste Management
Anti-stick coating for processing equipment
We follow the classical '3R' strategy of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for waste management
Piloted the initiative to apply a non-sticky coating on the process equipment, which led to reduction in hazardous waste generation and reduced the use of water for cleaning
The overall benefit was more than 13 MT of sticking losses in FY 2017-18
Anti-stick coating was first applied on emulsion trolleys in FY 2016-17. After this successful application, it was extended to lids of water-based TSD and mixer lids, water-based strainer meshes, sand-mill trolleys, tinter trolleys and strainers
Helped reduce an estimated 70% of hazardous waste and is expected to further reduce about 3.3 MT of hazardous waste generation in FY 2017-18
Anti-stick coating helped us reduce 2.1 MT of hazardous waste in FY 2017-18
IGBC Green Factory Rating
The Research and Technology Centre at Turbhe achieved the Indian Green Building certification.
CII GreenCo 'GOLD' Rating, Kasna plant
The Kasna unit became the first unit to achieve the prestigious ‘GreenCo – Gold Rating’ from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
At Asian Paints, we are committed to conserving biodiversity. All our products, whether water-soluble paints with high dependency on water or solvent-based paints depending on petrochemical industries, affect biodiversity. We understand this influence and why sustainable management of these linkages with biodiversity is necessary for mitigating negative impact and reducing dependencies. Hence, we initiated significant steps towards environmental stewardship during FY 2017-18.
Biodiversity Index Score of Asian Paints, Sriperumbudur
The proposed NCAP will help in improving the biodiversity quotient of the project area and help in mitigating risks.
Floral & faunal species
Native trees & shrubs species
Native herb species
Species of butterflies
Species of birds
Area is open area available for ground water recharge
Dense forest plantation using the 'Miyawaki method'
Green Supply Chain
Take back programme - Rethink. Recycle.
Of total plastic recycled in FY 2017-18
Recycling our own plastic pales recovered from project site
To overcome stacking of jerrycans during transportation and storage during pallet or truck load formation, we were forced to use partition plates made from materials such as plastic, wood or Corrugated Fibre board (CFB) in between stacks, or to completely cartonise the jerrycan, all of which are wasteful solutions. Therefore, the team came up with innovative packaging
No requirement of additional transportable material such as cartons or wrapping films
Less packing material intensity Less wastage
Recognised at INDIA STAR 2017, ASIA STAR and WORLD STAR for Excellence in packaging at both national and international platforms
Our International Business Units (IBUs) in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, the UAE, Egypt , Fiji, Jamaica, Nepal , Oman, Singapore and Sri Lanka, are included in the scope of reporting in FY 2017-18. As these units have different targets and performance levels compared to our India operations, we are reporting them separately in this section
Environmental threats, concerns and opportunities exist globally. Energy, water, waste, emissions and material management continue to be our major focus areas across IBUs. Our targeted approach has helped us reduce our environmental impact except reduction in hazardous waste, where we are working on various 3R initiatives such as wash water reuse, recovery of waste solvent, etc.
|Reduction in specific water consumption - Total||22%*||29%*|
|Reduction in specific water consumption - Non-process||31%*||38%*|
|Reduction in Specific Power Consumption (SPC)||10%*||14%*|
|Reduction in Specific Effluent Generation (SEG) (Industrial)||31%*||37%*|
|Reduction in hazardous waste disposal||14% increase#||20%#|
*Baseline: FY 2014-15
#Baseline: FY 2015-16
In Nepal, we undertook specific power consumption (SPC) reduction initiatives:
Reduction in Specific Power Consumption (SPC) in FY 2017-18 as compared to the previous year
Revamped ETP in Bangladesh
Rooftop Solar Installation
70 KWP grid-on solar power plant was commissioned at APCO, Fiji, as a part of facility expansion.
Features and benefits
Total power consumed in FY 2017-18 through solar energy
Through phone app and online ‘Sunny Portal’, it is now possible to monitor the performance from anywhere in the world