Grasim Industries’ Nagda plant is on track to become the world’s first viscose unit to achieve Zero Liquid Discharge in 2021. Work is in progress and will be completed within this year.
In 2020, Grasim Industries was ranked 9th among the top 10 Indian corporates for its sustainability and CSR practices by the ET and Futurescape 7th Responsible Business Rankings and won the prestigious Golden Peacock Global Award for Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Sector and Industries resonating the commitment to its stakeholders.
Dilip Gaur, Managing Director, Grasim Industries Limited said, “Nagda plant is leading the way with the VSF business being the lowest water consumer globally. The plant also meets water needs of the entire city, railway, and irrigation needs of the farmers through the 30 billion litres storage capacity built by Grasim”.
He further informed, “Grasim Nagda plant makes large range of dope-dyed fibres. This technology consumes 50% less chemicals and does not require any additional water for colouring, reducing the water requirement in the post-fibre stage for colouring to zero.”
“The newly developed fibre Livaeco by Birla Cellulose uses 40% less water compared to the European Best Available Technology limits,” said K Suresh, Unit Head, SFD Nagda.
Some of Grasim’s initiatives in water management include innovations for improving the efficiency of processes to reduce consumption of water, and multiple times reuse of water. For this, Grasim has adopted state-of-the-art novel technologies such as membrane processes, which can clean up and recycle wastewater.
The company overall, and the Nagda unit is committed to improving the lives of the communities around. Its holistic CSR programme is carried out under the aegis of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, spearheaded by Mrs. Rajashree Birla, the Chairperson of the Centre. The community engagement programme of Grasim-Nagda spans 55 villages and 25 urban slums, reaching out to over 1 lakh people.
Grasim Nagda team has constructed and renovated various check dams, drinking water tanks, ponds and has also implemented an RO plant for the benefit of villagers.