Sustainable and responsible mining is fundamental to the ethos of Tata Steel. The Company operates ore mines, quarries and collieries in the eastern states of Jharkhand and Odisha and all key mining sites are certified under EMS ISO 14001, the international environmental management standard.

Scientific mining and conservation of minerals:

Tata Steel has adopted advanced scientific mining technologies to ensure conservation of minerals. Innovative ore beneficiation and extraction techniques are used to ensure minimum waste. At OMQ – Joda, the Company has set up a computerised Central Mine Planning Cell since 1989, with the facilities of Surpac Mine Planning Software, Total Station survey instrument and other ancillary facilities, such as, installation of Coupled Plasma Analyser Units and GPS based Truck Dispatch Systems. The Sukinda Chromite Mine in Odisha is the first mine in the world to be certified under Quality Management System (SA 8000) and is also certified under Environment Management System (ISO 14001:2004) apart from a host of other standards and certifications.

Protection of water resources at mines:

Mining operations across the Iron mines are restricted above the ground water table to ensure that there is no intersection of the ground water table. No natural watercourse or water resources are obstructed due to the Company’s mining operations where they exist. Experts from IIT, Kharagpur monitor ground water quality at the iron ore mines every quarter and the results are submitted to Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and respective State Pollution Control Boards twice a year. Besides, Tata Steel also conserves water through zero wastewater discharge from colliers, implementation of Scientific Rainwater Harvesting Systems and artificial recharge of ground water.

Minimising biodiversity impacts:

No national park, wild life sanctuaries, elephant corridor and tiger reserves exist within a 10 kilometre radius of the core zone around Tata Steel’s operational locations. The Company pursues voluntary initiatives to assess and mitigate potential impacts of mining on sensitive ecosystems and is looking to collaborate with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) to explore the possibility of working on biodiversity.

Restoration of mined out land:

Tata Steel ensures a green world around its mines through reclamation of mined land. The mines have taken a pioneering role in preventing soil erosion and stabilizing the dump slope faster through advanced methods of land reclamation. The Company has built several lush green botanical parks and zoological gardens that house exotic species of flora and fauna.