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BUSINESS Tata Steel Meramandali Wins The Prestigious CII National Award For Environmental Best Practices 2023

Award given for sustainable utilization of LD Sludge in Pellet as the Most Innovative Project

Narendrapur: Tata Steel Meramandali (TSM), located in Dhenkanal district of Odisha, has received the prestigious Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Award for Environmental Best Practices 2023 for its ground-breaking project, “Sustainable Utilization of LD Sludge in Pellet.” The project has been recognized as the “Most innovative project” at the 10th edition of the award.

Amit Ranjan, Chief, Marketing & Sales, Industrial By-product Management Division (IBMD), Tata Steel; Ritesh Kumar, Head, Marketing & Business Development, IBMD, Tata Steel and Susavan Ghosal, Senior Manager, Sales & New Business Development, TSM received the award on behalf of TSM in a glittering ceremony held in Pune.

As part of its ongoing efforts to contribute to the circular economy and promote sustainable practices of waste recycling and reuse, TSM has been addressing the challenge of managing solid wastes generated from its steelworks. One such waste is LD sludge, generated during the production of steel in a basic oxygen furnace (BOF). This was previously difficult to recycle due to its high zinc content.

However, the innovative approach adopted by TSM has revolutionized the handling of LD sludge by incorporating LD sludge into the pellet production process. TSM has not only found an effective solution for waste management but has also significantly improved operational efficiency.

Commenting on the award, Subodh Pandy, Vice President Operations, Tata Steel Meramandali, New Material Business and Graphene, says, “This honour recognises our efforts on innovation and sustainability in steelmaking, as we recycle and reuse LD sludge, reduce waste, save resources, lower emissions, and enhance competitiveness. We thank CII, our customers, partners, employees, and communities for their support and trust. We dedicate this award to them and to the green future of the steel industry in India.”

Through this pioneering effort, Tata Steel is leading the way in the steel industry for effective utilization of waste LD Sludge, thereby reducing environmental impact.

Through this award CII, in its endeavour to recognize, encourage, and support the efforts of the Indian industry in conservation of natural resources and pollution prevention, has been recognizing units that make significant and measurable contributions towards the development or use of cleaner technologies, processes, or practices for environmental protection.

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