PROTECTING NATURE
HELPING COMMUNITIES
We are determined to be a catalyst for change to protect our planet. We work with the communities around us and try to nurture the rich natural resources surrounding us. Our commitment to sustainable development guides us at every step.

2.7 Mn

HOUSEHOLDS
ELECTRIFIED

6.9 Mn

TONS OF CO2 AVOIDED

165+

VILLAGES
IMPACTED

Message from President

Dear Stakeholders,

The economies of our planet are critically dependent on the services of ecological life-support systems. So in one sense their total value to the economy is infinite. Because ecosystem services are not fully accounted in commercial markets as our economic services are, they are often given too little weight in decisions. We would compromise Our Common Future- the sustainability of humans in the biosphere, if we don't change our course significantly. At Greenko, we are determined to take necessary steps and be a catalyst for change to protect our Planet, while we continue to grow our People and Profits.
In this context, we believe that our compass- measurement and accounting systems by nations, companies and individuals- has to change so that we are steered in right direction, at each step, to achieve sustainable development. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is one such compass with which we can measure and evaluate our progress and take right decisions. At Greenko, we pursued value creation model that is fundamentally sustainable and undertook sustainability reporting to measure, assess and disclose our progress in contribution to economic, environment and social systems. Through this journey, for over a decade, our commitment to sustainable development and the belief that pursuing this path firmly delivers sustainable shareholder value, has been reinforced. We are already witnessing that technology changes have overcome cost and scale barriers and mainstreamed renewable energy. This trend will continue irreversibly and of course, the renewable energy systems and business models would have to transform to cater to and substitute non-renewable energy sources for other end uses like transport etc.

Through this report, we hope to have given an account of our contribution to economy of India, mitigation of climate change, improving local environment and economy and finally caring and growing our people. While, we are determined to be steadfast in our pursuit, we value partnership with our stakeholders as also your views.

Mahesh Kolli

Founder, President & Joint Managing Director

Mahesh Kolli

SOCIAL INITIATIVES

Greenko is committed to practical and sustainable advancement in all areas of prevalence as part of being accountable towards our economic, environmental and social responsibilities. Social Responsibility is at the heart of our activities, we, therefore, conduct our business through standard partner engagements bringing about comprehensive development both socially and environmentally.

Solar

Our prime objectives to provide access to quality education in government managed schools located in the neighbourhood communities. This is achieved through a meaningful and fruitful dialogue with the Government run schools to bring about sustainable awareness & improvement among students. For the year 2017-2018, we have provided the school authorities with equipment for science/computer labs, and other basic infrastructure items. About 1058 children from various schools have benefited from our educational initiatives and school support, that are located around our Greenko projects and plants. Key areas of intervention include

1) Appointment of school teachers for the upper primary school.
2) Providing infrastructure like benches, printers and inverter etc.

Community skill development program - Recognizing the need and urgency, National Institute of Solar Energy(NISE) has launched Suryamitra Skill Development Program in collaboration with State Nodal Agencies at various locations across India. Under this scheme, Greenko has introduced a Solar Skill Development Certification Program for 280 ITI students of the local communities in Kurnool cluster at Ghani Solar Park with a vision to enhance their skills for employability. Greenko has provided employment to over 100 trainees of Suryamitra Skill Development Program.

Skill Development

Recognizing the need and urgency, National Institute of Solar Energy(NISE) has launched Suryamitra Skill Development Program in collaboration with State Nodal Agencies at various locations across India. Under this scheme, Greenko has introduced a Solar Skill Development Certification Program for 280 ITI students of the local communities in Kurnool cluster at Ghani Solar Park with a vision to enhance their skills for employability. Greenko has provided employment to over 100 trainees of Suryamitra Skill Development Program.

Health Care
Our objective is to bring quality and specialized healthcare to the communities close to our operating plants as well as Greenko projects across the country. To provide access to quality health care, we have organized free general medical camps and eye camps at some of our plants located across India in association with local hospitals. We have been organizing these camps at least once in a year at our operational plants. A total of 2097 people participated in these medical camps and benefited from the free diagnostic, treatment and free medicines services. A notable achievement is the Diagnostic, Screening and Treatment (DST) Eye Camps conducted at our Hydel Plants in Himachal Pradesh.
1. Health Camp at Hatkoti Site
2. Eye checkup camp at Palampur Cluster
3. DST Eye Camp
Village Development

We initiate rural development programs in consultation and coordination with local panchayats. Based on the inputs received from the local stakeholders we design our interventions for rural development projects. After assessing the various short term and long term needs of the local communities, such as:

1. Clean drinking water
2. Availability of infrastructure like roads, street lighting, sanitation facilities etc.

Health & Safety

The nature of our operations demands a strong focus on the health and safety of our employees. We aim to regularly enhance our internal safety systems through functional & behavioural training and safety awareness programs, to sensitize our employees about the criticality of safety measures. We have implemented an effective Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) governance by focusing on the core areas as described below.

1. We train our employees/workers regularly to enrich safety awareness and ensure safe working environment at all work locations.

2. We conduct relevant training programs for the executives to enhance their knowledge and skills.

3. We have made a list of Training programs to be conducted in a Calendar Year and provided relevant "Training Modules" to the Executives so as to enable them to organize the training programs in an effective manner.

4. In addition to this, we have circulated soft copies of "Animated Safety Videos" to site teams to be used as resources for the training sessions. Some of our regular in-house training programs are on:

a. GIMS policy, Procedures, code of conduct, EHS Orientation & Toolbox talks.
b. Behaviour Based Safety
c. Office Safety & Ergonomic Safety
d. Road Safety (Two / Four-Wheeler)
e. Electrical safety
f. ERP Heat Stress Management
g. Fire Safety & Housekeeping
h. Awareness on First Aid Treatment
i. EHS Aspects and Impacts
j. Conservation of Resources

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

Greenko Group is driven towards contributing to the National issues and to ensure that the group’s activities respect, promote and advance internationally recognized environmental principles & commitments, Greenko has put in place Greenko Integrated Management Systems (GIMS) and corporate EHS functions. For the purpose of monitoring, we have put in Environmental management systems and have also gotten Greenko projects certified under ISO 14001:2015 standard for "Operation and Maintenance" activities.

Sustainability is at the core of our business strategy. In our operation, we achieve this by maintaining high levels of energy efficiency for our power generating stations and increasing our renewable portfolio through a mix of Greenfield growth and acquisitions. By ensuring high levels of average PLF (Plant Load Factor) and plant availability we are able to cater to the growing load in an optimum manner. Some of the common energy efficiency initiatives/ programs across our Greenko projects include:
Biodiversity

Some of the common energy efficiency initiatives/ programs across our Greenko Projects include:

1. Use of energy efficient CFL & LED lighting

2. Regular maintenance of the auxiliary equipment

3. Awareness training on energy conservation

4. Operational management of hydro plants- arresting water leakage through proper Grouting work in powerhouses avoiding operation of pumps

5. Commissioning energy efficient 5-star rated ACs

6. Lighting controls automation with the installation of outdoor light sensor timer

Biodiversity

Greenhouse gases contribute to the acceleration and aggravation of climate change and its impact. Thus, as responsible businesses, we monitor and make efforts to reduce the GHG emissions from business operations. The conference of parties (COP) to UNFCCC have agreed on limiting the global temperature rise to below 1.5-2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Traditionally, economic development has been closely correlated to a higher energy consumption and therefore the increase in GHG emissions. Building a de-risked portfolio of wind, solar, hydropower and clean energy assets within India, Greenko intends to increase its installed capacity for integrated renewable energy by developing greenfield assets and thereby reduce the GHG emissions.

Biodiversity
The group has till date registered 21 Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects with UNFCCC. These include 5 biomass, 13 hydro and 3 wind power projects, generating a total of 15,90,560 Certified Emission Reductions. We have estimated our CO2 emissions from our operations following the standard of Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) and using the emission factors provided by the IPCC as a reference. In addition to its contribution to CDM projects, Greenko has generated over 8.5 billion units of clean energy thereby avoiding approximately 6.9 million tonnes of CO2.
Waste Management

Greenko Group's management of wastes is based on its Environment and Social Management System that establishes practices to meet the legal requirements along with reducing or avoiding generation of wastes and to reuse or recycle whenever possible. The system governs identification of the waste streams, their classification, manner of collection, transport and appropriate final disposal. Greenko carries out continuous monitoring of generation, storage and allocation of wastes from its contractors and vendors alike. The group conducts an Environmental Education Program for employees and partners, which includes raising awareness about environmental issues, with a focus on reduction, reusing and recycling of waste.

Biodiversity

Most of our plants are located and designed to use water from surface water sources. As water is critical to the environment in Indian geography, water management is very critical and material to our operations. None of our plants/projects create any significant water stress in the areas where we operate.

Water management initiatives
1. Sprinkler & dripping system has been installed and maintained in the power house and staff quarters
2. RO plant waste water is reused for gardening purpose
3. Rain Water Harvesting System - All the Rainwater is diverted through drains to rainwater collection pit and that water is reused for gardening purposes.

Biodiversity

Greenko Group believes that the absence of absolute scientific certainty should not be a reason for postponing effective and economically viable measures to prevent the threat of serious or irreversible damage to the environment or to human health in the procedures for prior license, installation and operation. The Group is cognizant of the importance of native flora and fauna population in the areas adjoining the Greenko project. Greenko carries out Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study prior to the commencement of any operations, in line with the requirements of ten Equator Principles; eight International Finance Corporation (IFC) Social & Environmental Sustainability Performance Standards (PS); and IFC Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines for Renewable Energy Projects.

We have been investing towards environmental conservation/ protection initiatives in the following areas:

1. IMS Certifications (EMS, OHSAS, QMS)
2. Environmental education and training
3. Green Purchases
4. Preservation of Biodiversity
5. Environmental Monitoring Equipment
6. Impact Assessment Studies

Great Indian Bustard

Greenko group has submitted a plan to the forest department to adopt the Rollapadu bird sanctuary and will begin the work very soon. The conservation project, besides other things, would involve:

1. Development of infrastructure for habitat & species conservation
2. Habitat improvement program 3. Reduction of man-animal conflict by Crop compensation 4. Publicity, Education, Nature Camp program 5. Eco-Development 6. Promotion of Ecotourism
Tree Transplantation

Trees are a crucial part of our ecosystem, and play a vital role in maintaining the biodiversity of an area. In order to facilitate the construction of Ghani Solar Park on a large scale, Greenko has adopted the latest technology to conserve trees within the project sites. The trees were taken out from project site and replanted at planned locations and along the roads within the project site. The average age of the trees replanted is above 50 years.

We have adopted the following steps during the process of transplantation.

1. Soil sampling and site selection
2. Root pruning and tree packing
3. Transplantation of trees
4. Mechanical support and root pruning
5. Post-transplantation treatment