NHAI’s First ‘Sustainability Report’

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) recently released its inaugural ‘Sustainability Report for FY 2021-22’. The report highlights NHAI’s commitment to environmental sustainability and its efforts in promoting social responsibility.

Governance Structure and Stakeholders

The Sustainability Report provides insights into NHAI’s governance structure, emphasizing transparency and accountability in its operations. It also highlights the involvement of various stakeholders in NHAI’s sustainability initiatives.

Reducing Direct and Indirect Emissions

NHAI’s report showcases significant progress in reducing direct emissions. From FY 2019-20 to 2021-22, direct emissions decreased by 18.44% primarily due to reduced fuel consumption. Moreover, NHAI is actively transitioning towards clean and green energy sources to further curtail indirect emissions.

Decline in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The report highlights a commendable decline in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. In FY 2020-21, GHG emissions from energy consumption, operations, transport, and travel saw a reduction of 9.7%, followed by a 2% decline in FY 2021-22. This positive trend underscores NHAI’s commitment to environmental preservation.

Energy Efficiency in Operations

NHAI has made remarkable strides in improving energy efficiency during its operations. In FY 2020-21, energy intensity measured in Giga Joules per kilometer reduced by 37%. The following year, it witnessed a further reduction of 27%. These achievements reflect NHAI’s focus on adopting sustainable practices in its operations.

Promoting Sustainability in Construction

NHAI is actively promoting sustainability in National Highway construction. The report highlights the increased use of recycled materials such as fly-ash and plastic waste over the past three years. This eco-friendly approach aims to minimize environmental impact and contribute to a circular economy.

Wildlife Protection and Conservation

To mitigate man-animal conflicts and protect wildlife, NHAI has created more than 100 Wildlife Crossings across 20 states in the last three years. These crossings serve as crucial measures for safeguarding wildlife habitats and promoting sustainable development.

Afforestation and Green Highways

NHAI has embarked on extensive plantation drives to develop eco-friendly National Highways. The report showcases a significant increase in the number of saplings planted from 2016-17 to 2021-22, with around 2.74 crore saplings planted to offset direct emissions from vehicles. NHAI actively collaborates with stakeholders, including State Rural Livelihood Mission, Self Help Groups, CSR partners, and NGOs, to organize these plantation drives.

Promoting Inclusivity and Responsible Work Practices

NHAI’s commitment to inclusivity is evident in its efforts to increase women employment and employment of marginalized communities. Through a performance-based management system, NHAI has achieved a 7.4% increase in female hiring and an overall 3% increase in its workforce over the past three financial years.



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