The Coronavirus pandemic followed by Cyclone Amphan have sounded the bugle for combatting climate change by rooting for sustainability. While a few countries have been initiating discussions on sustainability, it is not consistently practised. Sustainable development has been defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". It is essential to protect and safeguard the world for our future generations. While focusing on collective effort for inclusive development, sustainable development in India aims at universal rural electrification, expansions of clean and renewable energy, sanitation and housing and elementary school education. These aims are integral to India's global agenda of 2030 and Tata Power, in its last 100 years, has taken these goals very seriously.
As a leader in sustainability, Tata Power's Sustainability Model stands out among its competitors by being transparent, sensitive and caring. Right in the beginning, our founder Jamsetji N. Tata, held the belief that clean, cheap and abundant power is one of the basic and esential ingredients for the economic progress of a city, a state, or a country. Back in 1915, this belief was behind the commissioning of India's first hydroelectric project in Khopoli, Maharashtra, where we started off with sustainable generation of power. To emphasize on sustainibility, Tata Power went a step ahead and embraced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by United Nations. In 2015, the UN set these 17 goals to issue a clarion call to end poverty, ensure development of people across the world, protect the environment. Unlike many organisations, Tata Power conceptualized an inhouse methodology on the SDG journey by following the steps of SDG mapping, SDG Prioritization, SDG Roadmap.
For Tata Power, the word sustainability goes beyond climate change and comprises environment, biodiversity and community relations, climate change. It helps the company invest strategically leading to social progress, financial returns, enhanced stakeholder relations, and better environmental management. When it comes to climate change, Tata Power has focused on climate change for decades. It went ahead and set a non-fossil generation capacity target for itself which has been further increased by the expanding renewable portfolio.
Here are a few ways in which Tata Power has upheld the banner of sustainability over time:
- Tata Power generates electricity from different sources including Thermal, Hydro, Wind and Solar, as well as from waste heat recovery. The total generation capacity from our non-fossil fuel based plants is 3,617 MW which includes 1,388 MW of solar and 1,161 MW of wind.
- Our initiatives like 'Tata Power Club Enerji' reaches out to over 533 schools in Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Belgaum, Pune, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Lonavala, Mumbai and an expanding network of cities. The initiative has been active for a decade and has reached out to more than 23.84 million citizens and managed to save 29.8 million units of electricity thereby mitigating 28,000 tonnes of CO2.
- Our suppliers and vendors are also sensitized on Sustainability with the help of Responsible Supply Chain Management (RSCM) policy which covers Health & Safety, Environment, Human Rights and Ethics & Compliance.
- We have been setting up of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations across Mumbai in order to make it future ready for sustainable transport. Home automation, smart metering, whole system integrated piece are some of our focus areas.
- Tata Power Delhi launched a smart grid project involving setting up of radio frequency mesh communication project in its licensed area of 510 sq. km in north and northwest Delhi.
- Tata Power has actively taken part in initiatives of air quality monitoring at operational locations, rainwater harvesting, generating energy from solar rooftops.
- Tata Power sensitized 4.13 lakh people to basic sanitation, immuinization and institutional delivery.
- We have educated 1.6 lakh children, empowered 2.51 lakh women, youth & farmers in 2019 and ensured that water security reached 11.7 Lakh people.