This is the highest number of five-star ratings awarded to any company in India for all major mineral extraction
1st December 2021: Fifteen of UltraTech Cement’s Limestone mines have been awarded a five-star rating for sustainable mine management, by the Ministry of Mines and Indian Bureau of Mines. The five-star certificates were given by Shri Pralhad Joshi, Hon’ble Union Minister of Mines at a recently held ceremony along with the National Conclave on Mines & Minerals in New Delhi.
This was awarded for last three years (2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20), with a total of 30 such 5 Star rating awards. This is the highest number of five-star ratings awarded to any company in India for all major minerals such as Bauxite, Copper, Iron ore, Manganese, Lead & Zinc and Limestone.
Conceptualised by the Ministry of Mines, the Star ratings are based on adoption of best practices for exhaustive and universal implementation of sustainable development framework in mining. A five-star rating, highest in the rating scheme, is given to mines which performed best on parameters such as scientific and efficient mining, compliance of approved production, zero waste mining, environment protection, steps taken for progressive and final mine closure, green energy sourcing, land, adoption of international standards, local communities engagement and welfare programmes, resettlement and other positive social impacts.
List of UltraTech Cement mines recognised at the ceremony are as under:
|Name of the Mine||Year of Evaluation|
|Rajashree Cement Works’ Rajashree Limestone Mines, Karnataka||2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20|
|Jafrabad Cement Works’ Narmada Limestone Mines, Gujarat||2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20|
|Sewagram Cement Works’ Kharai Harudi Mines, Gujarat||2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20|
|Gujarat Cement Works’ Kovaya Limestone Mines, Gujarat||2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20|
|Vikram Cement Works’ Vikram Limestone Mines, Madhya Pradesh||2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20|
|Awarpur Cement Works’s Naokari Limestone Mines, Maharashtra||2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20|
|Baikunth Cement Works’ Century Cement Limestone Mines, Chhattisgarh||2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20|
|Hirmi Cement Works’ Paraswani Limestone Mines, Chhasttisgarh||2017-18 and 2018-19|
|Sewagram Cement Works’ Harudi Kharai Mines, Gujarat||2017-18|
|Andhra Pradesh Cement Works’ Tummalapenta Limestone Mines, Andhra Pradesh||2017-18|
|Maihar Cement Works’ Bhadanpur Limestone Mines, Madhya Pradesh||2017-18|
|Maihar Cement Works’ Bhadanpur & Piprahat Limestone Mines, Madhya Pradesh||2017-18|
|Manikgarh Cement Works’ Manikgarh Limestone Mines, Maharashtra||2018-19|
|Baga Cement Works’ Baga Bhalag Mines, Himachal Pradesh||2019-20|
|Rawan Cement Works’ Rawan Zipan Mines, Chhattisgarh||2019-20|
The National Mining Conclave was introduced by the Ministry of Mines in 2016 to provide a platform for interaction amongst various stakeholders such as Central and State government officials, industry executives and Industry associations.
About UltraTech Cement Limited
UltraTech Cement Limited is the cement flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group. A USD 5.9 billion building solutions powerhouse, UltraTech is the largest manufacturer of grey cement, ready mix concrete (RMC) and white cement in India. With a consolidated grey cement capacity of 117.95 MTPA, it is the third largest cement producer in the world, excluding China. UltraTech has the distinction of being the only company globally (outside of China) to have 100+ MTPA of cement manufacturing capacity in a single country. The Company’s business operations span UAE, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and India.
UltraTech is a founding member of Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA). It is a signatory to the GCCA Climate Ambition 2050 and has committed to the Net Zero Concrete Roadmap announced by GCCA. UltraTech is focused on accelerating the decarbonisation of its operations. It has adopted new age tools like the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and Internal Carbon Price as well as set ambitious environmental targets through both EP100 and RE100. UltraTech is the first company in India and the second company in Asia to issue dollar-based sustainability linked bonds. As part of its CSR, UltraTech reaches out to more than 2.1 million beneficiaries in over 500 villages in 16 states across India covering areas of education, healthcare, sustainable livelihoods, community infrastructure and social causes.
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