MARIETTA, Ga.—Birla Carbon is repurposing 60 percent of the waste generated at the company's plants, a substantial increase over the past few years.
The carbon black maker is out with a new sustainability report that highlights key performance indicators in a variety of areas, including waste, energy and water.
Birla recycled, reused or recovered 60 percent of its waste for fiscal year 2020, up from 43 percent for the previous year and 25 percent from fiscal year 2018. The percentage was just 20 percent in both fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
Birla has a goal of achieving 75 percent by fiscal year 2030, the company said in the new report.
The company also reports that 75 percent of its plants are net energy positive and all facilities use recycled process water or rainwater in operations. At some locations both are used.
"The year 2020 has been full of unparalleled surprises for the world. The true test of survival has been the ability to respond to ever evolving external dynamics. At Birla Carbon, we believe that 'Tough times don't last, smart and tough companies do.' And this is precisely the spirit that is reflected in our Sustainability Report," CEO Santrupt B. Misra said in a statement.
Birla Carbon, based in Mumbai, India, is part of Aditya Birla Group and has 16 manufacturing locations in 12 countries. The company has a technology center in Marietta as well as manufacturing locations in Centerville, La., and Ulysses, Kan.