Balco takes a step to reduce carbon footprint
A trial run in the Korba-based Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (Balco) using biodiesel in smelter operations and as a fuel for technological vehicles in transportation has been successfull. Biodiesel is a form of fuel derived from organic matter which, when burned, produces significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional, non-renewable fuels, besides aiding farmers’ income. With robust initiative, Balco aims towards reducing GHG emissions and enhancing energy savings. Further, the company is greenifying its fuel mix for thermal power generation with biomass briquettes, which has potential for decreasing its GHG emissions by 0.43 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually. Over the years, BALCO has been proactively working for environmental protection and energy conservation, which has today resulted in BALCO’s current efficiency as per the global benchmark and lowest total DC & AC power consumption in potline among the peers in Aluminium sector in India.