Vision & Mission
Power System Management
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Working at POWERGRID
As the Central Transmission Utility of India, POWERGRID is more than just another organization. By the very nature of our business, we touch millions of lives everyday. At POWERGRID, we understand that real success is the result of inclusive development of all the involved entities and stakeholders.
POWERGRID is committed to achieve the goal of Sustainable Development. In all of our manoeuvres, it is our constant endeavour to avoid any permanent impact on the environment and society. Our activities do not result in disposal of any pollutant in land, air, water or any large scale excavation resulting in soil erosion. However, given the scale of our operations, it is inevitable that there is some impact upon both natural environment and communities involved. To address such issues, the POWERGRID has integrated environmental and social management procedures into its corporate operations by enunciating Environmental and Social Policy and Procedures (ESPP). It defines POWERGRID’s commitment to deal with environmental and social issues relating to its projects and, lays down management procedures and protocols to address them.
The ESPP outlines POWERGRID’s approach and commitment to deal with environmental and social issues, relating to its transmission projects, and lays out management procedures and protocols to mitigate the same. It provides a framework for identification, assessment, and management of environmental and social concerns at both organizational and project levels, within the adopted principles of avoidance, minimization and mitigation.
The existing provisions of ESPP have been upgraded and modified in 2005 and 2009 in line with the changed rules and guidelines of Govt. of India, including that of multilateral funding agency like World Bank, ADB, JBIC etc and suggestion/best practices and feedback received from different sites. POWERGRID’s ESPP is the first document selected for comprehensive review by the World Bank under their Pilot Programme for the Use of Country System (UCS) to address Environmental and Social Safeguard issues. During the revisions of ESPP, the consultative process was further enlarged to engage all stakeholders, including Project Affected Persons (PAPs) and the local communities. The ESPP has also been thoroughly review by independent ESPP Review Committee of Experts formulated by POWERGRID.
The ESPP spells out POWERGRID’s environment and social policy, and its commitment to:
POWERGRID is committed to the goal of sustainable development and conservation of nature and natural resources. While continually improving its management system, accessing specialist knowledge and introducing state of the art and internationally proven technologies, while strictly following the basic principles of Avoidance, Minimization and Mitigation in dealing environmental and social issues. Where necessary, restoration and enhancement is also undertaken.
Striving to be a responsible corporate citizen, POWERGRID tries to find a balance between the often-competing demands of the technical, economical, and environmental commitments. The corporation is committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment in all its operations as far as possible and aim to go beyond compliance with environmental legislations. POWERGRID endeavours to achieve sustainable development through five interlinked themes: Stakeholders, Environment, Networks, Statistics and Employees. The importance of sustainable development is understood by the corporation and embedded its imperatives in all its activities to ensure that the efforts to promote sustainable development are successful.
POWERGRID has also been accredited with Social Accountability Standards SA 8000:2001 in 2008. As part of its social policy, POWERGRID is committed to ensuring social accountability in all areas of its activities and shall strive to continually improve its system and practices conforming to national and other applicable legal and regulatory provisions.
Transparency is the fundamental characteristic of being accountable. POWERGRID is the first PSU in Power Sector of the country who has brought out its maiden Sustainability Report for the FY 2008-09 in March ’10 based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. The report highlighted some of the initiatives undertaken to achieve the goal of Sustainable Development while also disclosing data pertaining to our impact on environment, society and economy.
Avoiding ecologically sensitive areas while routing lines
There has been tremendous reduction in forest involvement in commissioning of transmission lines. For example, forest involvement which was about 6% in 27,000 Circuit Km. of lines till 1998. However, after implementation of ESPP w.e.f. 1998, diversion of forest area has been reduced to approximately 1.59 % taking into consideration the addition of approximate 63317 Circuit Km. of line during 1998 to March 2012. The cumulative total area is around 2.9 % for 90317 Circuit Km. line constructed till March 2012.
With the development of innovative tower design, ROW requirement reduced from 85 m to 64 m for 765 kV and from 52 m to 46 m for 400 kV D/C line. Apart from this, installation of pole type structure for 400 kV transmission line in densely populated urban area has not only reduced the ROW & base width requirement, but also more aesthetic compared to conventional lattice type structure.
Adoption of innovative tower design like multi-circuit and very tall towers to protect wildlife, trees in ecologically sensitive areas (In Tehri transmission line tree felling was reduced to 14739 against earlier estimate of 90000 trees in Rajaji National Park due to installation of 85 m high towers)
POWERGRID’s contribution to the conservation of the national resource base and efforts to reduce the material intensity is an integral part of corporation’s sustainability strategy. The huge quantities of raw materials such as iron, steel, aluminium have been reduced over the years. This has been achieved through technological innovation using high capacity transmission lines transmitting more power. For example, use of high-temperature low-sag conductor, enhances the power carrying capacity, thereby reducing material consumption by avoiding the need for extra transmission line.
Massive plantations in sub-stations where about 2 to 4 acre of land is being afforested with suitable species of plants in consultation with local forest department in almost each of our sub-stations. Wherever feasible, a separate fund is also earmarked for this purpose.
POWERGRID is establishing compact GIS substations in place of conventional substations to have barest minimum land requirement and tries to locate sub-station on Govt. land to minimize the social impact.
POWERGRID recognizes its social responsibility and provide utmost importance to communities with whom we share local resources. The corporation requires land for construction of substations. During construction, all individuals, whose land is acquired, are consulted and the affected persons are duly compensated for their land as decided by Distt. Administration. Beyond the land compensation POWERGRID provides Resettlement and Rehabilitation assistance within the social entitlement framework and various community developments works in villages adjoining the substation, few examples are shown below.