Udaipur, Friday 30th July 2021, Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL), represented by Mr. Arun Misra, CEO, Hindustan Zinc and, Normet Group Oy, represented by Mr. Subhasis Mohanty, Vice President, India Sales Area signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to introduce Normet SmartDrive® - a modular Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) to Hindustan Zinc with an aim to not just bring electromobility in Hindustan Zinc operations but also lead the way for decarbonizing the future of Indian mining.
Normet has a long relationship with HZL jointly working on improving safety and productivity of HZL operations. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) makes Hindustan Zinc the first mining company in India to deploy Battery Electric Utility Vehicles in underground mining. This partnership will be enabling the mine operations to become more environment friendly and sustainable, helping HZL achieve its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of 0.5mnt CO2 emission reduction by 2025 by attaining zero noise pollution, zero harm to the environment and zero carbon emission. The Normet SmartDrive® BEV will help Hindustan Zinc significantly reduce carbon emissions, save a considerable amount in HSD (High Speed Diesel) and its maintenance.
The MoU with Hindustan Zinc adds to a growing pipeline of enquiries and orders for the Normet SmartDrive® technology following successful trials with the Normet SmartDrive® units in other parts of the world. Normet SmartDrive® architecture is designed to optimize energy consumption and performance in underground mining and tunnelling applications. Normet SmartDrive® equipment enables higher productivity, lower operating costs and most importantly - zero local emissions. Ease of use and carefully engineered controls guarantee the machine is safe and extremely operator friendly.
Mr. Arun Misra, CEO, Hindustan Zinc said, “At Hindustan Zinc, we have always prioritised innovating and implementing environment-friendly solutions as our commitment to sustainable business and now towards the race to Net Zero. Our partnership with Normet reinforces our commitment to sustainable operations for a greener tomorrow by helping us achieve our Sustainability Development Goal of reducing carbon emissions. We believe the introduction of Battery Electric Vehicle in underground mining will be a game-changer for the industry and a big leap by India towards Responsible Mining.”
Normet share the same values with Hindustan Zinc on safety, sustainability, innovation, and technology as an integral part of running operations. Normet is continuously developing and introducing new sustainable and safe solutions for underground mining and tunnelling.
Mr Subhasis Mohanty, Vice President, India Sales Area said, “At Normet, our mission is to bring transformation in sustainable underground mining. It is our constant effort to increase the safety levels underground and improve productivity while designing solutions for sustainable operations. Our partnership with Hindustan Zinc for the Normet SmartDrive® Vehicles is a step on our collective journey for safe, sustainable and green mining.”
About Normet Group Oy
Normet is a fast growing and innovative technology company offering continuous improvement to underground construction and mining processes for increased safety, productivity and profitability. Our complete technical solutions create value through saving costs and shortening process cycle times and are developed based on the welfare of people and on the care of the environment. Normet has a broad offering for underground mining and tunneling: equipment, construction chemicals, rock reinforcement products and services. Normet currently employs over 1400 business professionals and the net sales in 2020 was over 300 million euro. Normet is a Finnish company operating globally with over 50 locations in 30 countries. For more information, visit normet.com.
About Hindustan Zinc Limited
Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group Company, is one of the world’s largest and India’s only integrated producer of Zinc-Lead and Silver. The Company has its Headquarter at Udaipur in the State of Rajasthan where it has its Zinc-Lead mines and smelting complexes. Hindustan Zinc is self-sufficient in power with captive thermal power plants and has ventured into green energy by setting up wind power plants. The Company is ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific and globally 7th in Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2020 amongst Mining & Metal companies.
Hindustan Zinc is a certified Water Positive Company, a member of the FTSE4Good Index and has scored ‘A’ rating by CDP for climate change.
Being a people-first company, Hindustan Zinc believes in inculcating the values of Trust and Excellence to have a culture of high-performance in its workforce. The company takes pride in having some of the best-in-class people practices and employee centric initiatives, which have certified Hindustan Zinc as – ‘Great Place to Work 2021’, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and the People First HR Excellence Award.
As a socially responsible corporate, Hindustan Zinc has been relentlessly working to improve the lives of rural and tribal people residing near its business locations. The company is amongst the Top 15 CSR Spenders in India and are currently reaching out to 500,000 people in 184 core villages of Rajasthan and 5 in Uttarakhand. As a market leader, Hindustan Zinc governs about 77% of growing Zinc market in India.
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