Nature Positive, at Asian Paints, refers to a holistic approach to sustainability that considers the environmental impact of the Company’s operations and strives to create a positive outcome for both the company and the planet. The theme includes our efforts around waste reduction, other air emission and biodiversity.

Waste management

sss Minimising waste in our processes not only reduces costs but also reduces our use of materials, energy, water, and land. We follow the classical ‘3R’ strategy: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle for waste management. Systems and procedures have been developed through which we repurpose used material and reintroduce excess material into the production process.

At our paint manufacturing unit, specific hazardous waste disposal (Kg/KL) has seen a consistent year-on-year reduction since the baseline year of 2013-14. Specific Hazardous Waste Disposal saw a 21% decrease from last year and 71% decrease from FY 2013-14.

During the year, at our paint manufacturing units, the 929 MT of hazardous waste and 9,449 MT of non-hazardous waste were disposed of from our units. We directed 9% of hazardous waste for recycling, 41% for co-processing, 5% to a secured landfill, and the remaining 46% for incineration. All our non-hazardous waste was directed for recycling.

Wastewater management

Industrial effluent is generated during paint processing and during equipment and pipeline cleaning. Source reduction is our major area of focus, and we have over the years achieved a significant reduction in the same by employing high pressure cleaning systems and enhanced utilisation of resultant wash water back in our process. Effluent that cannot be reused is recycled in our ETP and advanced treatment systems. This recycled water is then utilised to fulfil both process and non-process requirements.

Air emissions:

We have been monitoring and measuring other significant emissions through our stacks. We not only ensure to comply with the regulatory requirements but also strive to maintain these emissions at near-zero levels.

Across our plants, we have switched to cleaner fuels, replaced the diesel-based DG sets with gas-based, undertaken DG retrofitting, and reduced boiler use by utilising community steam boilers and setting heat recovery units.

At our decorative paint units, the absolute PM, NOx, and SOx emissions were 4.81 MT, 9.91 MT, and 2.72 MT respectively. While at the standalone level, the absolute PM, NOx and SOx emission was 10.48 MT, 40.28 MT and 10.68 MT respectively