Transparency to Customers
JSW Group is committed to operating processes and conducting marketing promotions in a transparent, responsible manner that shares product information to customers with absolute transparency – both as per regulatory requirements specific to certain geographies and as per voluntary schemes.
We cognize that product design and consumer behaviour can affect the overall environmental performance and efficiency of a product. Among the tools and methodologies available to evaluate the environmental, economic and social performance of materials and consumer products (including their impact on climate change and natural resources), life cycle assessment (LCA) provides a holistic approach that considers the potential impacts from all stages of manufacture, product use and end-of-life (reuse, recycling or disposal).
It is essential to recognize that a full life cycle approach is the best way to assess a product's impact on the environment. It is also, therefore, the best way to help society make informed decisions on the use of materials and their economic importance. We at JSW Group have recognised the need to develop a sound methodology to assess the life cycle inventory of our key products and services, to support the markets and customers. LCA study has been completed for seven of our products, using the GaBits software system for life cycle engineering, developed by Thinkstep AG.
Environmental Product Declaration
JSW Group attains product-specific Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) that are made according to a transparent standard and verified by the external agency according to international standards. Our presence lies in the heavy manufacturing sectors of steel and cement, both of which are extensively used in the construction industry. By using the EPD awarded products of JSW, our customers in the construction industry can earn points for certification schemes like LEED and BREEAM. The level of transparency and reporting through EPD allows us to identify environmental hotspots in the life cycle of a product, optimum resource decisions to be made, and demonstrates the sustainability of our products that go into construction projects.
India Hydrogen Allaince
JSW Steel has joined the India H2 Alliance (IH2A) to transition to cleaner energy as a part of the Steel and Cement Work Group lead, along with two government agencies - CSIR-National Chemicals Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) and Scottish Development International (SDI), the international arm of the Scottish Government; and three national sustainability think tanks – TERI, CEEW and WRI India.
The India H2 Alliance is an industry coalition of global and Indian companies committed to the creation of a hydrogen value-chain and economy in India. IH2A intends to collaborate with private sector partners, the government and the public to ensure that costs of hydrogen production are brought down, a local supply chain for hydrogen and related applications grows and India is able to achieve its net-zero carbon ambitions by developing a hydrogen economy that complements its national renewable energy and EV/battery-technology plans. More information on IH2A and its activities, is available at www.IH2A.com
IH2A is committed to the creation of a national ‘Bharat IH2A’ roadmap and implementation plan, aligning it to the national renewable and electric vehicles plans to meet India’s energy transition and net-zero pathway.
What is Environmental Product Declaration?
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a voluntary declaration of the life-cycle environmental impacts of a product, an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products. The objective is to enable and support organisations in any country to communicate quantified environmental information to customers on the life cycle of their products in a credible, comparable, and understandable way, thereby assisting in product comparison.
EPD is based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study - a methodology to assess the environmental impacts associated with a product or service and provides a holistic approach by considering the potential impacts from all stages of manufacture, product use, and end-of-life stages.
EPDs combined with the Life Cycle Assessment approach with a level playing field provided by Product Category Rules (PCR), results in a reliable resource for the customers to have better clarity on which product to opt for.
JSW plans to institute EPD as a group-wide programme complying with EN 15804 and ISO 14025 standards.
Environment Product Declarations
Hot Rolled Coil produced at JSW’s flagship integrated iron and steel plant at Vijaynagar, has been awarded an EPD. This EPD is compliant with EN 15804 and is based on the LCA conducted as per the ISO 14040/44.
Portland Slag Cement (PSC), a slag-based cement produced by JSW Cement, also has an EPD certificate. Based on the results of this EPD, JSW’s PSC has the lowest Global Warming Potential (GWP CO2eq) in the world.
Cold Rolled Closed Annealed (CRCA) coils produced at JSW Steel Work Vijaynagar has been awarded an EPD complaint with EN 15804 and is based on the LCA conducted as per the ISO 14040/44. The study provides a fair understanding of environmental impacts during the various life cycle stages of CRCA production.
Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBS) has been awarded an EPD compliant with EN 15804. GGBS is a unique supplementary cementitious product confirming to IS 16714:2018. It is perfect for structural concrete construction and can be used as a partial replacement of OPC in concrete production. Since it contributes towards sustainable concrete construction, GGBS is regarded as a ‘green’ building material.
India is one of the countries that have pledged to eliminate single-use of plastics by 2022. To further this cause, JSW Steel has recently rolled out JSW Platina, Superior Quality tinplate targeted at the packaging industry. This introduction has made JSW Steel, the first steel company to introduce continuous annealing technology for making tinplate products in India.
India’s leading business conglomerate, JSW Group has entered the paints business in India with JSW Paints. This is part of the Group’s diversification into consumer-facing businesses and a historic first-time entry of an Indian conglomerate into the organized paints sector. With the launch of its paints business, JSW Group aims to make a comprehensive offering for consumer homes through steel, cement, furniture, and now paints.