Carbon black manufacturer Birla Carbon has announced that it is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The net zero announcement is in alignment with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Tire Industry Project SDG Roadmap, which aims to address health and environmental impacts associated with and caused by tires. In addition to this, Birla Carbon is collaborating with its sister companies to research and develop ways of decarbonizing company operations with the help of the Aditya Birla Science and Technology Center.
Birla hopes to achieve this target through the creation of partnerships with sustainability solution providers and by investigating advanced technologies that support the reduction of carbon emissions. Over the coming year, the company will evaluate and release interim targets that align with the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTI).
“Climate change is the biggest challenge we face today as a human race, and the burden of it will be carried by our future generations, unless we choose differently,” commented Santrupt Misra, group director, Carbon Black. “By setting its aspiration to be net zero by 2050, Birla Carbon is making its choice with the rest of the industries that have chosen to step up to the challenge.”
Misra continued, “Sustainability has always been a key driver and a symbol of our success. We will focus on sustainable operational excellence (SOE), combined with sustainable materials for our customers, and many more solutions to make our aspiration a reality in the years to come.”
Birla Carbon aims to achieve its newly set goal by focusing on four key areas – research, reduce replace and repurpose. By carrying out research, the company will invest and develop new technologies that capture and convert carbon dioxide into valuable carbon products. To reduce its waste, 80% of Birla’s manufacturing facilities now convert waste gas to energy for export to the local grid. Company locations will also replace energy sources with renewable alternatives, alongside using alternate feedstocks derived from biomass, and the company will map out its existing and future technologies alongside developing partnerships with customers, suppliers and experts to create associations and programs to aid in achieving the net zero goal.
“All businesses have a responsibility to drive improvements for the global environment; however, only by working hand-in-hand with our customers, suppliers and partners through the supply chain can we truly build a greener and brighter future,” added John Loudermilk, chief executive officer, Birla Carbon.