India has the second largest cement industry in the world, accounting for over 8% of the global installed cement capacity. Increased government focus on infrastructure development, urbanisation and rising living standards is expected to further amplify the market demands for cement which would mean increased carbon emissions and depletion of natural resources. While cement is a need of our times, we at Shree Cement are committed to finding sustainable ways of making cement, which includes usage of alternate fuel resources, renewable sources of energy, conservation of the mined areas and upliftment of community and creating value for all our stakeholders.
Specific Electrical Energy Consumption (kWh/ton of cement) for FY 2019-20 as compared to 76 kWh/ton (average industry standard of year 2018)
Specific Thermal Energy Consumption (kCal/kg of clinker) for FY 2019-20 as compared to 744 kCal/kg (average industry standard of year 2017)
Since the day the company came into being, four decades ago, Shree Cement has been dedicated to making a positive social impact. For the last forty years, we have calibrated our mission to address the social needs of neighbouring communities of all our plant locations.
At Shree, we believe in creating value for all our stakeholders and that is the mission and vision of our Corporate Social Responsibility team.
We work with around 255 villages touching about 10 million lives, in the country aiming to create sustainability and self-reliance. Our CSR activities focus on Education, Women Empowerment, Health and Family Welfare, Infrastructure Development and Agriculture & Animal Husbandry. We have recently incorporated the Shree Foundation Trust that will continue to focus on our community development initiatives.
Education builds the foundation of the country and equips it for the future, which is why it is so important. For a country as complex and diverse as ours, education forms a pivotal role in nation building. Our CSR team has designed multiple programmes which are run independently or in partnership with the government working towards increasing standards of school education at primary, secondary and senior secondary levels, providing educational infrastructure development, vocational education, and digital literacy.
Some of our key programmes are Shree Shiksha Yojana, Nand Ghar Yojana, Shree Ki Pathshala, School Support Programme etc.
Our health and welfare efforts are primarily focused on improving maternal and neonatal health and improving overall standards of living. Our projects are especially concentrated in rural areas and focused on marginalised communities with limited or no access to healthcare. Through our Shree Swasthya Yojana, Mamta Camps, Shree Swachhata Projects, Mega Health Camps and Health Camps, we are assisting in expanding the reach and scope of the healthcare to ensure availability of medical facilities, clean drinking water and hygienic living conditions across India.
Women form a significant half of the country’s population. Empowering woman, strengthens the family and the coming generations. Our women empowerment programmes work towards imparting basic education and awareness to women across all ages, teaching them about health and hygiene, bringing them back to schools, prohibiting child marriage and developing skills to enable them to live a life of independence and dignity. All of these programmes covered under the Shree Shakti Yojana have been widely recognised and are changing lives of women one step at a time.
The Shree Khet Baag Yojana works towards empowerment of rural communities especially farmers through training on better crop yield, seed treatment, crop rotation and modern techniques for irrigation, providing subsidies on agricultural equipment, taking care of livestock animals and building awareness about government sponsored schemes. The aim is to raise their income levels so that they consider agriculture as a sustainable option to earn livelihood.
Infrastructure of our country has come a long way since the year of independence, bringing distant communities closer and within reach. However, there are many villages that are off the grid. The Shree CSR team is working towards bridging that gap. Our projects include, building link roads, bus stands, railway stations, school buildings, student hostels, community centres, water harvesting and storage tanks, toilets etc. Through these, we are reaching out to remote areas, helping them get access to basic amenities and thereby working towards raising their standard of living.
Circular Economy is a system of production and consumption where no input or material is discarded before, during or after production as well as consumption. 'Produce more with less' has been Shree Cement's guiding philosophy over the years. Our team has been consistently working towards minimising consumption of non-renewable resources, utilising industrial waste, reducing emissions, recharging ground water, reusing and recycling the by-products of the production process. The objective is to leave minimum footprint, or negative impact of our operations on the earth's resources.
From pioneering the use of petroleum coke – an industrial waste as fuel, to converting residual heat from the cement manufacturing process into electrical energy, we have been creating industrial benchmarks for sustainability. The latest being our foray into Wind and Solar energy.
Here are few of the stories exemplifying practices of circular economy in action at Shree.
One of the world's largest installed capacity of Waste Heat Recovery Power Plants, second only to China. The process entails generating steam using the flue gases arising out of the cement kilns and cutting the steam requirement in the Company's power plants. This reduces fossil fuel and water consumption, as also saves the cost of running a Gas Conditioning Tower (GCT). It also helps in reducing the CO2 emissions and utilising heat which would have been released in the environment.
During FY 2019-20, of the total energy consumed by Shree, 45% was green energy. Our renewable energy portfolio of 234 MW is one of the highest in the industry; comprising of Waste Heat Recovery Power Plants, Solar Power Plants and Wind Power Plants.
Emphasis of conserving natural resources and use of alternative resources has been a hallmark of Shree's sustainability journey. Not only have we used industrial waste as inputs in the manufacturing process, we have also invented materials such as Synthetic Gypsum to replace Natural Gypsum.
In 2019, we added another dimension to our Clean Energy portfolio with the commissioning of a 21 MW Wind Power project in Karnataka. Our ratio of consumption of green power to our total power consumption is 41% which is the highest in the Indian cement industry. This is in addition to the 62 kW Solar PV Power Plant at Beawar that has given us technical insights which will further enable us to install a larger capacity of Solar Plant in the near future.