On Tuesday, 5 June 2012, Tata Steel observed the World Environment Day across its operational locations. The theme for this year was "Green Economy." The day was started off at Jamshedpur's Jubilee Park by the Chief Guest Mr Akhilesh Kumar Jha (IPS), SSP, East Singbhum, and the Guest of Honor Mr AT Mishra (DFO), Dalbhum and Seraikela, along with Mr Sanjiv Paul, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel.
The event was marked by a special valedictory function to congratulate the winners of various competitions on World Environment Day. Prior to the day, CII had organized a poster competition for school children, which took place on 26 May 2012 at JRD Tata Sports Complex. The competition was divided into two age categories, which made it easy for the judges to decide the winners, looking at the diverse age group of participants who had gathered in hundreds for the show. Also on the cards was an on-line environment quiz competition hosted by Environment Management Division, for the employees at large. The quiz was rolled out on 26 May and continued till 1 June 2012. Each day a winner was selected from the several entries that were electronically recorded.
Tata Steel also took the opportunity to congratulate the four cyclists who had traveled 1,100 km, braving the hot sun to spread the green message. They were given tokens of appreciation by Mr Akhilesh Jha. Ms Surekha Nerurkar and Ms Srimanti Sen congratulated the winners in all categories with prizes and certificates.
Mr Akhilesh Kumar Jha commented, "I congratulate Tata Steel for this wonderfully organized program. The entry of corporates into the space of 'green economy' would be a remarkable step in the development of our environment and the country. We need to work towards preserving our natural resources, especially water, and JUSCO has already adopted commendable means to address the issue. It's overwhelming to see the entire city participate actively in the diverse initiatives organized by Tata Steel."
While welcoming the guests and others present, Mr Sanjiv Paul said, "Tata Steel has always adopted effective measures in improving its processes, invested in break-through technology and developed products and services that minimize negative consequences in the environmental performance of the product cycle. While the company operations constantly address environmental sustainability, its rural development activities have also focused on improving the green cover in the area and better water management. Waste utilization and energy conservation have always been a major concern for us. We must all understand our responsibilities towards our succeeding generations and learn sustainable usage of our resources."
Mr Manish Sharma, Managing Director, JUSCO, proposed the final vote of thanks to all present at the event and promised that JUSCO will adopt sustainable means of functioning to make the city a better place to live in. Also present on the occasion were members of CII, members of JUSCO, other senior officials of the company, officials and members of unions from various departments of Tata Steel. Established in 1907 as Asia's first integrated private sector steel company, Tata Steel Group is among the leading steel manufacturers in the world with an annual crude steel capacity of over 27 million tonnes per annum.
Tata Steel launched a Compost Plant in Jamshedpur today, the first of its kind in Jharkhand to help address the issue of climate change. A host of other activities were also organized at various levels and locations, including tree planting, a walkathon, inauguration of a plastic road, environment quiz, poster competition and much more.