As an integrated energy player, we rely on both conventional and non-conventional resources to fuel our business operations. In light of this, we are fully committed to maintaining environmental sustainability and ensuring legal compliance. Our goal is to become a global leader by instilling a culture of environmental consciousness within our organisation.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Our Sustainability Aspiration
Our sustainability aspiration is “to be a leader in environmental performance in global power Business” with the “vision of providing clean and green energy and continuing the same for over 100 years”.
Our approach includes optimising the use of natural resources, striving to enhance the environment by curbing greenhouse gas emissions, minimising water and energy consumption and managing waste and hazardous materials. We further endeavour to offset the effect of climate change in our activities.
Carbon net zero before 2045
phase-out of all coal-based generation upon completion of contractual obligation and useful life; zero coal-based growth
Water neutral before 2030
Zero waste to landfill before 2030
No net loss of biodiversity before 2030
ESG rating improvement before 2030
inclusion in S&P Global Emerging Market List by 2027
Our approach to Environmental Management
Environmental stewardship is a top priority for us. To ensure optimal operations and environmental protection, we have implemented a robust Environmental Management System (EMS). This includes a monthly update of our Environmental Compliance Index (ECI) to ensure legal adherence and prompt corrective actions. Furthermore, we utilise the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) to track and enhance our environmental performance. Through these measures, we uphold sustainability, minimise our environmental footprint and remain dedicated to safeguarding the environment.
Environmental Management Framework
Tata Power Trombay won VishwaMitra Award for the best performance towards all-round inclusion of environmental aspects in business in May, 2022.
For us, this transition to green energy is not an option but a commitment to support the people of this country.
DR. PRAVEER SINHA
CEO & MD of The Tata Power Company Limited
Managing a project across its lifecycle
We conceptualise all our projects based on the principles of environmental compliance, resource optimisation, waste minimisation and long-term sustainability. To establish renewable energy projects, we follow a well-defined due diligence process.
After completing the due diligence, the project enters the engineering and construction phase, which strictly adheres to relevant regulations and ensures compliance. Periodic monitoring serves as a crucial management tool for tracking organisational progress, facilitating decision-making, and supporting sustainability reporting. Environmental monitoring ensures:
Additionally, we adopt a proactive approach, anticipating potential risks and mitigating environmental hazards to minimise risks and ensure a safer environment. Our objectives include:
At the end of a project, the decommissioning is also carried out in accordance with applicable regulations and procedures as established by the law.
ESG data management system
In the short term, we plan to establish a comprehensive ESG data management system. This system aims to efficiently gather the necessary ESG data from all our clusters, divisions and offices. Additionally, we aim to incorporate ESG data analysis into our reporting process, ensuring compliance with internal and external data requirements on platforms like BRSR, CDP, and DJSI, among others. Once such a system is implemented, it will benefit in the following ways:
Achieving carbon net zero
As a leading integrated power utility in India, we have the opportunity to drive the green transition on a global scale. Setting an ambitious milestone, we aim to achieve carbon net zero before 2045, making us the first power utility in India to commit to such a goal. To accomplish this, we leverage the synergistic power of the 3Ds: Decarbonisation, Decentralisation and Digitalisation, all working towards the shared objective of fulfilling our sustainability commitments.
Net Zero Before 2045- 3D Framework
Phase out all coal-based capacity before 2045, with the closure of contractual obligations and useful life and increase renewable energy portfolio.
Setting up of energy services (ESCO) for clients to use digitalisation for monitoring, cost and energy savings. Further, usage of Reliability Centred Maintenance, SCADA systems, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) integration, smart grids, AI, ML, smart meters and IoT for intelligent networks across operations.
Involves enabling communities to generate and use their own solar power and storage and energising over 25,000 EV charging points across India by 2028, estimated to save 2 million tonnes in CO2 emissions annually. Further, aims to promote rooftop solar, solar pumps, microgrids, and home automation for green choices to consumers.
As a signatory to the TCFD, we are dedicated to adhering to the TCFD Framework to assess, mitigate and capitalise on climate change-related risks and opportunities. Our long-term strategy encompasses comprehensive plans to address identified risks and incorporate contingencies. By committing to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), we are actively pursuing action plans aligned with SBTi requirements. Our aim is to lead the way in the transition to a low-carbon future and champion a sustainable business approach.
Setting medium and long-term goals for 'Leadership in Sustainability'
Ideate the science-based carbon net zero target for 'below 2 degree' scenario.
Short term (Y2-5)
Mid-term evaluation and course correction of carbon net zero targets
Mid Term (Y5+)
Recalibrate targets to align to 1.5° scenario
Focus on Product sustainability and ESG mainstreaming in supply chain
Circular economy, baselining of our operations for water intensity and waste upcycle potential
Circular economy roadmap for becoming Water Neutral and Zero Waste to Landfill
Initiate industry shaping efforts Catalyse net zero pathways for with alternate fuels
Circular business models
Baselining all operations on their biodiversity impact
Biodiversity roadmap to achieve net positive impact
Nature based solutions to preserve biodiversity
Selective ESG disclosures to prominent raters and indexes based on quality of assessment and actionable outcome
Adopt structured ESG frameworks with common minimum methodologies/ disclosing sustainability performance for better usability by investors
Establish an industry leader position for technology adoption with regards to carbon capture, green hydrogen, BESS and storage solutions
GHG emissions (million tCO2e)
* Increase in Scope 1 emission is due to increase in thermal generation by 6,000 MUs
#Detailed estimations have been carried out in the current year for the below mentioned categories:
Category 1 Purchase of goods and services (TPCL, IEL , MPL, PPGCL)
Category 2 –Capital Goods (TPREL and its subsidiaries)
Category 3 – Fuel and Energy related activities (TPCL, TPADL, TPDDL)
Category 5 – Waste Generated in Operations (TPCL, IEL, MPL, PPGCL, TPDDL)
Category 6 – Business Travel (TPCL, TPRMG, TPREL and its subsidiaries, PTL, MPL, TPADL, IEL)
The detail description of Scope 1, 2 and 3 is outlined in Decarbonising Across the Value Chain section of the Integrated Annual Report
At the core of our values is a firm commitment to conserving resources, promoting energy efficiency, protecting habitats and supporting the growth of local communities in and around our operational areas. We strive to establish new benchmarks in the adoption and execution of advanced environmentally friendly technologies and practices for effective energy management.
Green construction with sustainable GIS buildings
We prioritise high-performance, energy-efficient GIS buildings, adhering to sustainable principles. By embracing green construction, we reduce emissions, energy consumption, waste generation, conserve water, and use safer materials. We proudly achieved IGBC GOLD Certification Ratings and became the first utility to attain Platinum Certification in FY23. These accomplishments showcase our commitment to sustainability and position us as leaders in environmentally responsible construction.
CO2 intensity (tCO2e/MWh)
IEL units and PPGCL have been considered on equity-based approach. Reduction of 7% is due to increase in RE generation by about 33%
Some of the key features of sustainably constructed Platinum certified buildings of Karanjade, Antop Hill, and Waghivali Hill are:
* Heat islands are urbanised areas that experience higher temperatures than outlying areas.
* Mundra, Trombay and Jojobera are operating divisions of The Tata Power Company Limited (TPCL)
Alongside greenhouse gas emissions, we are also cognisant of the presence of other air pollutants, including sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, resulting from our operations. To mitigate these pollutants, we have implemented state-of-the-art equipment to minimise their release at the source and effectively manage them prior to their discharge into the environment. Our approach to combat air pollution includes the utilisation of technologies such as electrostatic precipitators, flue gas desulphurisation systems and carbon monoxide monitoring devices. Our diligent efforts are aimed at reducing air emissions and ensuring cleaner air quality.
With a strong commitment to water conservation and management, we strive to achieve water neutrality before 2030. Through proactive measures like rainwater harvesting and achieving zero-liquid discharge in most thermal units, we actively minimise water usage. Furthermore, we are developing a roadmap to utilise treated water, enhance water-recharge capacity and recycle treated wastewater for gardening purposes, ensuring sustainable water practices.
Calculate water footprint
Arrive at a reasonably possible level to reduce the existing water footprint
Arrive at the residual water footprint
Offset by making a reasonable investment
We are dedicated to conserving biodiversity through multiple approaches that involve safeguarding wildlife and vegetation, as well as raising awareness among employees and local communities. By building waterholes for grassland creatures, studying the biodiversity potential of solar plants, and hosting webinars with specialist groups on subjects like elephant conservation, and river ecology, we are devoted to minimising our environmental impact while also preserving biodiversity.
Mahseer Conservation in the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot
We have undertaken a series of initiatives since 1975, to maintain the biodiversity in the Western Ghats. Our flagship programme, the Mahseer Conservation Programme, has been in operation for over five decades, aiming to conserve the endangered mahseer species, improve hydropower lakes, and generate employment in local villages. The project has gained momentum through the comprehensive assessment of breeding and reintroduction of the humpbacked Mahseer in its natural ecosystem. In its 51 years, the programme has produced millions of fish seeds and distributed them to various states in India through collaboration with state fishery departments. We also have trained over 300 fisheries scientists and facilitated knowledge exchange with international experts, moving the conservation agenda into the mainstream.
Fishery scientists trained
National workshops held for knowledge exchange
Endemic and endangered species identified for multiplication
GIS Mapping Survey for forest improvement and carbon sequestration
In partnership with Ella Foundation, we have monitored biodiversity and mapping carbon-sequestration potential using GIS in the hydro catchment areas near our plants to improve green cover. The ongoing surveys have found that 94% of trees in the area are indigenous. The survey identified 395 large trees and 2,260 tall trees across nine Tata Power sites. The findings will guide efforts to improve forest cover and carbon sequestration in the region, benefitting the local environment and community. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and environmental protection.
Tree Mittra – Volunteering programme for afforestation
Tree Mittra is a flagship virtual volunteering initiative that encourages individuals to adopt, plant, and nurture trees under the green theme. This plantation drive involves nationwide participation from employees, families, customers, and stakeholders to promote environmental sustainability.
Afforestation drive: Plantation of native trees
We have been associated with Maharashtra’s Forest Department since 1979 to minimise the impact of soil erosion caused due to rising human and cattle population. This drive also promotes sustainable plantation practices among masses.
Since then, we have planted 20 million saplings and seeds of native species with an overall survival rate of 30%. This has resulted in increasing green cover with indigenous tree species and the return of different species of birds and animals to the forest.
To conserve the forest, we have been organising an educational awareness programme among children with the support of Bharati Vidyapeeth.
Bamboo pots are used instead of plastic bags for sapling plantation
Book published on Western Ghats' flora and fauna
With an aim to promote biodiversity conservation, we undertook efforts to publish comprehensive books on the flora and fauna of the Western Ghats. These books include detailed accounts of conservation efforts for endangered species, pocket guides on birds and wild orchids, as well as photographic guides on reptiles and amphibians in the region, providing valuable insights into the unique biodiversity of the Western Ghats and the efforts being made to protect it.
Mitigating human-elephant conflict in Central Odisha
The feasibility survey conducted in Central Odisha marked a significant shift in our approach to wildlife conservation. Our objective was to gain insights into the population status, group dynamics and movement patterns of elephants and other wild animals in the region. The survey assessed the severity of human-animal conflicts and proposed effective management strategies to prevent elephant fatalities at conflict hotspots, such as power lines (11-KV and 33-KV), railway road crossings and villages. To raise awareness and promote wildlife conservation, we organised community programmes. As a result of our initiatives, there has been a notable reduction in conflicts and elephant mortalities, creating a safer environment for both wildlife and humans in Central Odisha. Additionally, we have made investments in mapping elephant conservation corridors in Odisha. Phase 1 of the project has been successfully completed, including habitat exploration at TPWODL and expansion plans are in progress to cover TPNODL.
Ecological restoration through piloting of Miyawaki at Mundra Plant
Mundra Plant conducted an RS-GIS mapping study to implement a systematic intervention in the challenging 453.04 ha Greenbelt area. In collaboration with Kutch University, a Certified Greenbelt Map was created, aligning with SDG 13 (climate action). This initiative enhanced resource management, tree survival, fire management, and land use-cover. With over 70 dry land species, it achieved an 80% increase in tree survival, reducing drudgery, manpower, and costs while building trust. The model adheres to CDM, UNFCCC Paris Agreement, and introduces a versatile plantation approach in the region.
Biodiversity action plan development
We are actively working on formulating a biodiversity action plan for our renewable energy sites, which include wind sites at Supa, Khandke, and Satara, as well as solar sites at Akkalkot, Rawra, and Chhayan. Collaborating with interns from Bharti Vidyapeeth, Bandodkar, and Bhavan's college, our initiative focuses on documenting the local flora and fauna and managing invasive species populations. The overarching objective is to establish and execute a comprehensive biodiversity action plan that mitigates the environmental impact of these sites.
Biodiversity action plan for grassland ecosystem at Renewables
We along with the educational institute, Bharti Vidyapeeth, are in process of developing a Biodiversity Action Plan for our renewables sites to develop guidelines for enhanced ecosystem management and ecological restoration.
Clean-up drive at flamingo sanctuary – Mumbai
We partnered with Mangrove Cell Foundation, Maharashtra, for a Tata Volunteering Week initiative. With the participation of over 30 volunteers and their families, we conducted a clean-up drive at Mumbai's flamingo sanctuary, removing more than 100 kg of waste and contributing to a cleaner environment.
100% Biodiversity Impact Assessment is completed for Thermal, Hydro sites and renewable operational sites adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.