Cairn India: Climate Change Policy and Energy Transition

Published: 2021-09-10 16:55:10
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Multiple communication channels have been established within the organisation to ensure that information reaches to the decision makers on time. Internal stakeholders updates are held regularly like in meetings in town halls, meetings of steering committee of sustainability, daily leadership update forums, HSE leadership, the group committees which are there at site level, the surveys which deal with engagement, incident reporting through the Management System which deals with incidents.
EmployeesCairn India is very serious when it comes to its employees:

To ensure safety of the employees the company has developed many processes. For example, proper training of the employee on safety behaviours.
Company is equipped with good condition machineries and all the workers are provided protective gear.
The basic purpose is to deal with workplace safety and hygiene activities of workers.

B. External
All the updates regarding company’s strategy, financials and operations are conveyed to the investors, investment bankers, analysts and portfolio managers. They also direct enquires from the investors to the respective departments, for instance on the topics of Cairn’s actions to curb climate change, how are they interacting with the community and how sustainable is the current business strategy.
All the updates regarding the company’s progress and business in a transparent manner and answering their queries is done by the Company Secretary team. A quarterly financial status is being sent to the shareholders.
Joint Venture Partners and Regulators
With assistance of respective departments, the Joint Venture team is responsible for relationship management with the Joint Venture partners, the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas through committee meetings like technical, management, operational etc.
Vendors, Contractors & Suppliers
A dedicated team has been formed for all the external vendor and suppliers. Purchase and OCM takes special care as they form a large component of the external stakeholders.
In the areas which are influenced by Cairn, it conducts a yearly meeting where all the villagers connect with the company to maintain a direct relationship. This program is called “Community Connect” which is overseen by the CSR team. It is also responsible for the healthy community engagement and addressing the grievances of the locals and for considering their suggestions for the well-being of the community.

18 Mobile Health Vans have been deployed reaching out to almost 300000 people
Jeevan Amrit: 44 RO plants have been installed to scale-up safe drinking water program, this is covered the Barmer district for a period of 3 years. This expansion aimed at providing safe drinking water access to over a million people.
Cairn also supports Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, wherein they built 2700 household and 70 school toilets under this program)

Mobile science vans are introduced reaching up to 60 schools
Skill Development
Increased the reach of the vocational training program for youth employment via the new center – CCoE and launched additional training centers in the states of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Farm Based
Agriculture programs to scale up to 6000 from 3000 farmers.
Renewable Energy
Introduction of solar household systems.
SOLAR MICRO-GRID in Meghwallon Ki Dhani in association with SUnEdison where Each household is supplied with 100 feet of wires, 2 sockets, and 3-4 light points along with the solar energy. 10 electricians were trained at the Cairn Enterprise Centre (CEC) to take care of the wirings and fittings.
The company’s CSR initiatives usually involve setting the foundation of various programs at a small scale to learn from on ground realities, getting feedback from community and then putting an enhanced sustainable model to ensure maximum benefit to the community. One of reason during the year the company’s spend on the CSR activities has been less than the limits prescribed under Companies Act, 2013. The various ongoing CSR activities has also commenced 2 large scale initiatives which are the establishment of Anganwadi and setting up of water purification plants at various locations in the country.
Cairn India has undertaken several Carbon reduction initiatives. One such program is project Shrishti that is coordinated by their land team. They plan to increase the green cover by planting trees upto around 50% of the total area under their use. By 2013-14 the team had planted a total of 3.25 million trees over 497 hectares of land. At an assumed survival rate of 90 % these trees are expected to absorb around 4.3 million tons of carbon dioxide per year and with a lifetime expectancy of 60 years it comes out to be approximately 73,000 tonnes per year. This is approximately 7 % of their operational carbon footprint every year.
Their horticulture and agriculture program has been scaled up from 1,200 to 2,500 farmers by improving management of water using drip irrigation practices and increasing soil moisture retention through the use of “khadins”. Khadins are specialized water harvesting structures and they have helped build 143 such structures over 250 hectares of land. 60% of this barren land has now been brought under cultivation. These interventions have allowed farmers to practice multi-cropping and grow cash crops such as vegetables and mushrooms. This project has seen farmer incomes rise in the short time-period that it has been active. The Rural BPO that they had helped established in 2013 in Barmer city had now reached full capacity and employed 250 youth as compared to 100 last year.
The expansion of dairy cooperative program – enrolment of an additional 1,000 households and milk production has increased to 7,500 from 5,000 liters per day. In Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, the reach of the safe drinking water program (“Jeevan Amrit”) doubled from 30,000 to 60,000 community members. Water consumption also increased 3.5 times from 24,000 to 90,000 liters per day. Safe drinking water is delivered to the consumers’ doorstep by introduction of solar-powered water kiosk and “Jal Rath” or “Water Chariot” started by their NGO partner and local entrepreneur has been instrumental. Through 13 “Jal Raths” they provided access to safe drinking water to more than 80 villages.
For Cairn India, waste management has also been an issue. There has been a 97% increase in the hydrocarbons discharged, in the produced water due to increase in production levels. In majority of the cases, the waste is treated and disposed off appropriately. However, the treated water is released back into the sea at offshore assets.
GEG (Gas Electric Generator) has been installed in Raageshwari well-pad, where 50% of the energy requirements for Saraswati well-pad are generated using captive solar PV technology. Solar Micro Grids are also installed as an alternate source. Meghwallon ki Dhani is one such solar micro-grid project installed at a village. Each household is connected to the 27 Kw capacity microgrid, through a transmission & distribution network that spans 6 Km. Each household is supplied with 100 feet of wires, 3-4 light points, and 2 sockets. The socket can be used to run TVs, charge mobile phones, fans and other electrical appliances. The project is also an example of the cross-pollination with other Cairn projects. At the Cairn Enterprise Centre (CEC) 10 electricians were trained as part of their On-the-Job Training (OJT).
Thus, Cairn India’s Sustainability approach has been overall satisfactory. However, considering its business they need to constantly contribute to Sustainability.

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