Context: National Highways Authority of India, has released its first ‘Sustainability Report for FY 2021-22’, showcasing its commitment to environmental sustainability.
NHAI initiatives for sustainability include: Using recycled materials in highway construction, including fly-ash and plastic waste; Creating over 100 wildlife crossings to protect wildlife and reduce human-animal conflicts; Undertaken extensive plantation drives, planting millions of saplings to offset vehicle emissions; Increasing employment of women and marginalized communities.
The Sustainability Report follows the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines and has been externally assured by a third party. NHAI’s sustainable practices aim to attract ‘Green Finance’ for infrastructure financing and ensure socially and environmentally responsible projects.
NHAI (est. 1988; HQ: New Delhi) is a statutory body under the administrative control of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. It has been set up as a Central Authority to develop, maintain and manage the National Highways entrusted to it by the Government of India.
About the GRI initiative:
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an international US-based not-for-profit organisation, to enable all companies and organisations to report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance. GRI produces free Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.