Within environment, we have undertaken projects under the following themes:
Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity is identified as an area of intervention. The organisation thus, has initiated various projects that can help mitigate negative impacts on biodiversity. While some of these are directly aimed at biodiversity conservation, the others indirectly are impacting biodiversity positively. The organisation had mapped its impact on biodiversity in the manufacturing locations through formal risk and impact assessment studies. As an outcome of the study, biodiversity conservation projects have been initiated around the manufacturing location in India. The projects range from establishing theme based gardens such as creation of butterfly zones to apiculture inside the plant and outside in the community in Kerala, India.
Emission is identified as concern area in environmental sustainability journey. For emission reduction tree plantation or afforestation project is started which is not only aimed at carbon capture but also enables livelihood generation for farmers in the water starved areas of Tamil Nadu. The project is implemented in Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai and Tiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu. The project aims to plant 1,00,000 saplings during its four phases. By September 2016, 1 lakh teak trees will be planted.
Renewable energy proliferation is key to address the issue of climate change. The organisation is promoting the use of Biogas in its communities around the Limda plant in Gujarat.
Water crisis has been identified as another key area to intervene in, due to it featuring in the top 5 global risks. Population explosion, urbanisation, industrial development and climate change impacts have increase the demand of water. Enhancement of water availability is identified as a key initiative under the environmental sustainability journey. Our focus is currently addressing the issue of shortage of potable water sources in vulnerable communities. Chennai being water starved area and based on a need assessment study in the community, Apollo has piloted a purified drinking water project for communities around our Chennai plant. Eco restoration and improvement of water bodies in the community is another project under watershed management theme aimed at restoring and enhancing the aqua-biodiversity. Within this project, we have undertaken pond restoration at our locations in Chennai, Limda and Perambra. The activity includes water quality assessment, cleaning, deepening and bunding of the ponds. It also involves development of surroundings around the pond area. Taking an ecosystem approach we aspire to make these ponds fit for supporting aquatic life as well as provide for green space, and be a source of clean water.
Waste management has a huge potential to turn environmental risks into solutions and to lead the way towards sustainable development .The organisation had identified waste management as an environmental issue to work upon. Under this initiative solid waste management and recycling projects have been initiated.
Clean My Transport Nagar (CMTN) targets to improve waste management and cleanliness of the identified transport nagars (hub) in India, along with generating awareness on health and sanitation amongst stakeholders. Similarly Clean My Village (CMV) is a part of the initiative to create sustainable waste management practices in identified villages around our manufacturing locations in India. The programme offers spectrum of services like waste collection, waste segregation, daily cleaning of the streets and lanes, creating compost from biodegradable waste, waste recycling and creating livelihood opportunities for rag-pickers.The first CMTN project was started in 2012 in Delhi's Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, followed by Agra Transport Nagar. Similarly, more such projects have been launched in Jaipur, Jodhpur,Kanpur, Chennai and Mumbai in 2015. These hubs will also increasingly focus on WASH elements.
Apollo Tyres inaugurated two Tyre Playgrounds near Chennai, in the southern part of India. These playgrounds have been created using worn-out or end-of-life tyres (ELT) for the kids of Senakuppam and Vallakottai villages. The two village schools in Senakuppam and Vallakottai were identified for the Tyre Playgrounds, as they lacked play structures. Structures like monkey-climb swing and rope way has been created using the worn-out tyres. Apart from making use of end-of-life tyres, the 'Go The Distance' playgrounds also provide a platform for the children from the villages to improve upon their agility and activeness, while sensitising them on the concept of reuse and recycle.