Leveraging growth for waste management

“Given the need to improve environmental infrastructure, waste management and recycling in emerging economies and given a favorable policy environment, the sector is poised to experience multifaceted growth in the years to come. . As the largest and most integrated player in this field, Ramky Enviro expects to be at the forefront of this transformation, ”said Masood Mallik, Deputy Managing Director of Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited, in a conversation. with Poulami Chakraborty from BW Businessworld. Excerpts below:

How has Ramky Enviro’s business been during the last year of the Covid pandemic?

Over the past year, there is a renewed appreciation for climate change and other environmental sustainability issues and its interrelationships with global pandemics and other impacts such as extreme weather events. As an environmental services and solutions company, what we do has never been more relevant.

As a provider of essential services in the midst of a pandemic, we had to ensure continuity of service. We also had to adapt quickly to pandemic situations related to employee health and safety and logistical disruptions. We were able to rapidly deploy equipment, manpower and resources to overcome the challenges presented by Covid19. Our strong financial performance in a challenging environment underscores not only our resilience as a business, but also the significant growth opportunity that awaits us in our industry.

In the midst of Covid-19, we were able to build and commission many important projects, including integrated waste management projects as well as recycling, resource recovery and circular economy facilities. Some of the new projects we launched during the pandemic include:

  • Hyderabad – a world-class waste-to-energy plant, the first in South India
  • Hyderabad – a truly innovative and fully mechanized waste collection and transport project
  • NOIDA & Hyderabad – C&D waste recycling and resource recovery plants
  • Chennai – India’s most technologically advanced waste collection and transport project, powered by a fleet of advanced electric vehicles and an integrated IOT-based monitoring and tracking system
  • Raipur & Sagar – Integrated waste treatment and treatment plants

How has Ramky Enviro helped the governments of the states he is associated with over the past two months?

We are a frontline organization in a state response to Covid19. Our direct contribution in this space included the management of biomedical waste. We have handled most of the Covid19-related waste generated in the country, including the collection and treatment of biomedical and COVID waste from more than 35,000 healthcare facilities located across the country. We have ensured uninterrupted collection, transport and treatment of municipal waste in all the cities in which we operate, despite significant challenges. We also continued to support industries, particularly the most essential such as pharmaceuticals and health, in the management of their waste and effluents. In addition, through CSR programs, we have supported all the states in which we operate. We distributed PPE and conducted COVID awareness programs, we imported and donated the

the most advanced ultra-fast equipment for Covid19 testing, and we have also extended outreach medical support in many of the communities where we operate.

We also shared technical contributions and expertise on policy issues related to Covid19 waste – particularly on possible answers when the amount of waste increases dramatically.

Introducing India’s first general budget in the new decade, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman allocated Rs 12,294 crore to the Swachh Bharat program, an increase of 27.5%. In your opinion, what is the impact of this decision on the waste management industry?

The Swachh Bharat program has been a game-changer in the waste management industry. The aim of the first program was to carry Swachhta’s message to all states, and the focus was on the need to make India open defecation free (ODF) and on the primary collection of waste; I think the program has met its objectives and has been remarkably successful. In Swachh Bharat 2, the focus is on better technology-based waste collection and management. The focus is more on waste treatment, resource recovery and recycling. This policy and Ramky Enviro’s vision and mission are aligned – they actually help us move from a waste management business to a resource management and recycling business. The strengthened budget allocation will contribute to a wide deployment of scientific waste management in the country and being the biggest player in this space, we hope to be a key player in the realization of this vision of the government.

What is Ramky Enviro’s commitment to the Swachh Bharat mission?

Our corporate vision aligns with it and the direction that the Swachh Bharat mission has provided. We are continually developing new and better technologies and approaches in our watersheds and communities on how waste is collected and managed and how we treat and treat this waste. The decentralized and fully mechanized secondary collection and transport points or the SCTP concept that we are implementing in major urban centers including Hyderabad and Delhi is a major area of ​​focus; we will apply this concept nationally. We believe this will completely revolutionize the way waste is collected, compacted and transported in a closed and automated loop, without any manual handling or double handling. Another focus area is to transfer green energy from the waste experiences and successes in Delhi and Hyderabad to many other cities in India.

The Minister of Finance has placed emphasis on creating an open defecation-free India during the current fiscal year. What is your opinion?

We support the ODF campaign in two ways: First, in all of the urban local communities and businesses where we currently operate, our waste collection systems work in conjunction with the ODF campaigns there. Second, our awareness campaigns are deployed in conjunction with the ODF campaigns. As a service provider, we also work with companies to make their ODF campaigns more effective and successful. Although we do not work directly on the ODF space, we see ourselves as a complementary service.

Many cities have been proactive in integrating carbon and plastic credit systems into their processes. Do you think that waste can also develop such models?

Carbon and plastics are an integral part of the entire waste management footprint. We are already the largest plastic recycler in the country, and we are also the largest provider of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) services for companies that generate plastic waste as part of their packaging, especially consumer businesses. .

In this way, we are directly involved in the plastic credit program that exists in India. The Focus on Plastic Credit program will only grow, and we are already the largest in the industry, and as this becomes more and more common and more and more companies join the EPR program.

We believe we have an important role to play in removing plastic from the environment and ensuring that all plastic packaging, especially post-consumer and single-use plastic, is handled responsibly. We are a very close partner to the Indian manufacturing industry and in particular the consumer goods industry to do this.

On the carbon side, we have taken many initiatives to ensure that we are moving towards a negative carbon footprint – these include fleets of electric vehicles to replace the use of diesel and converting diesel vehicles to fuels. alternative greens such as natural gas. We are upgrading our industrial waste incinerators to run on natural gas. In addition to our green waste power facilities, which are in fact important carbon sinks, we are also installing solar power generation facilities at all of our locations in India and around the world.

We also have a number of other initiatives focused on energy efficiency (such as low temperature treatment of effluent using MVR technology), green energy (such as landfill gas capture and conversion in green automotive fuel through our CBG plant in Hyderabad) and a number of other innovative waste recycling initiatives (such as – recycling ash to make eco-friendly pavers and tiles).

We try to account for all the carbon emissions we avoid through our operations and make sure that the avoided emissions are well above the carbon footprint of our operations. We have set the sustainability performance bar high enough for ourselves – as a mainstream environmental company, we see this as a very key part of our goal.

What is your future roadmap for the future?

I think we’re on our way here – from a progressive Asian waste management company to a leading global player in resource management and the circular economy. We will continue to focus on emerging economies and continue to expand our scale across the waste and circular economy ecosystem – collection, transport, treatment, recycling and recovery of resources. We will also continue to provide customized solutions and a common environmental infrastructure for industrial estates, commercial establishments and healthcare facilities. Our goal is to continue to provide large-scale, innovative, cost-effective environmental solutions with deep technology integration and enablement. We will continue to invest in each of these dimensions.

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