Natural Capital


1 million trees planted at Dolvi Works

Minimising environmental footprint to be better everyday

Interlinked StrategiesS3, S4, S6

Natural resources such as iron ore, coal and other minerals are critical to the operations of JSW Steel. The Company realises that natural resources are indispensable, and continued and serious efforts are required to ensure they are not depleted. The objective of minimising the environmental footprint is essential for all business operations. The Company has adopted processes and developed products which are not only unique, but also environment friendly. To tackle concerns such as climate change and diminishing natural resources, the Company has a policy on Conservation and Preservation of the Environment which extends to the entire value chain. Through significant investment in natural capital, all plants of JSW Steel exceed compliance requirements.

JSW Steel has spearheaded several initiatives for the conservation of flora and fauna. The Company was among the pioneers to sign up and commit to the Indian Business and Biodiversity Initiative set up by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with India's Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

Metrics for JSW Steel

1. Recycled Input Materials Million Tonnes 3.3
2. GHG Emission Intensity tCO2/ Tonnes 2.59
3. Emissions from Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) KG 2,150.3
4. Water Discharge by Quality and Destination kL Zero discharge

Specific Material Consumption
(T/T of crude steel), JSW SL

Specific Water Consumption
(m3/T of crude steel), JSW SL

Total Water Recycled & Reused
('000 KI), JSW SL

Key Outputs and Outcomes
3.05 million

GJ of energy consumption reduced

  • While 4.49 million GJ of energy was consumed, there was also 3.05 million GJ of energy reduction due to efficiency measures and conservation efforts
  • While 67.32 million m3 of water was taken in, 17.74 million m³ water was recycled or reused, and nearly 0.2 million m³ of water was conserved
  • While 17.24 million tonnes of coal and 25.89 million tonnes of iron ore was used as inputs, 3.30 million tonnes of material was recycled
  • 75 – kg paper recycling plant at Vijayanagar
  • 42.15 million tonnes of GHG emissions, with specific GHG emissions of 2.59
  • The Company has worked closely with the Forest Department, Government of Karnataka to protect and enhance awareness on the endangered sloth bears at Daroji Bear Sanctuary
  • Working to ensure water security in tandem with various government schemes such as Jal Yukta Shivar Abhiyan (Maharashtra) and NABARD watershed development programme (Tamil Nadu)
  • Supported JSW Foundation in the JSW-Times of India Earth Care Awards since 2007 to create mass awareness and also to recognise excellence in addressing climate change
  • Reduced waste being generated and sent to landfills through initiatives such as Waste to Wealth for the recycling of paper. Further, reduction in biodegradable waste being disposed at all sites and townships has been undertaken through the installation of composting equipment
  • The Company sold 113% of the total slag generated for use as input material in cement companies
Total Water Consumed ('000 m3) 1,169 4.287 2,446 1,047 2,644
Specific Water Consumption (m3/t of finished product) 1.450 0.01 0.47 684.58 M3/MnNM3 of finished product 3.96
Specific Emissions of NOx 0.038 Kg/t of finished product - 0.012 Kg/t of finished product 0.399 kg/MnNM3 of finished product 0.049 Kg/t of finished product
Specific Emissions of SOx 0.089 Kg/t of finished product - 0.016 Kg/t of finished product 0.304 kg/MnNM3 of finished product 0.016 Kg/t of finished product
Specific Emissions of SPM 0.058 Kg/t of finished product - 0.059 Kg/t of crude steel 0.011 kg/MnNM3 of finished product 0.069 Kg/t of finished product
Hazardous Waste Generated 59 ‘000 t (+ 21,766 drums) 12.01 t 1,790 t + 10 m3 3,295 t 28.91 L
Non-hazardous Waste Generated 163 '000 t 73.17 t 10,720 t - 495 t

GHG Emissions
('000 TC02e), JSW SL

Other Emissions
(Kg/T of crude steel), JSW SL

Total Waste Generated
('000 Tonnes), JSW SL

CASE STUDY – Mangrove Restoration at Dolvi
CASE STUDY - Development of Low-cost, Accelerated Weathering Technology for Steel Slag

Mangrove Restoration at Dolvi

JSW Steel proactively gets involved multiple initiatives to enhance natural capital as it benefits the society. In line with this thought and with the knowledge that mangroves help reduce the impact of climate-related coastal hazards, the Company undertook an extensive mangrove restoration initiative at Dolvi. The phase-wise project, initiated in 2016, will be carried out over three years.

Following are the key highlights of the project, implemented in association with Gram Panchayats and self-help groups:


Villages Covered

5,000 ha

Land Impacted


Mangroves Working Self-Help Groups (SHGs) (345 Members)


Total Nursery Plants Developed and Planted


Fishermen and Farmers Benefitted


Trainings Conducted for Mangroves Nursery


Meetings Conducted with Villagers

Development of Low-cost, Accelerated Weathering Technology for Steel Slag

Steel slag disposal is one of the major areas of concern for the steel industry, mainly because of its toxicity and slow weathering characteristic

Progress so far:

June 2016
Laboratory trials completed

Feb 2017
Field trial starts with pilot projects

Nov 2016
Laboratory testing of aggregates completed

Mar 2017
Development of self-weathering method indigenously

Mar 2018
Discussion on with technology provider

CASE STUDY - Flexibility and Agility

Flexibility and Agility

As a responsible producer of high-quality steel, the Company has undertaken a number of initiatives to improve the environment and help build a greener world. Select initiatives are listed below: