Environmental CSR as a Tool for Community Welfare

Environmental CSR play a key role in climate change mitigation and fostering sustainable development. The major ingredients of environmental CSR are elimination of waste and emissions, maximizing energy efficiency and productivity, and minimizing practices that may adversely affect use of natural resources by coming generations. In recent years, environmental CSR has also emerged as an effective tool for the welfare of rural, marginalized and unprivileged communities, mainly through renewable energy, waste management and resource conservation initiatives.

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The deployment of renewable energy is a tremendous opportunity for corporates to support societies’ broad developmental priorities in the form of energy access, job creation and overall community development. According to IRENA estimates, the expected increase in human welfare from the deployment of renewables is close to 4%, far exceeding the 0.8% rate of improvement in GDP.

Infact, savings from reduced health and environmental externalities, which are not fully reflected in conventional economic accounting systems, far offset the costs of the energy transition. Renewable energy projects, supported by corporates, will also go a long way in helping remote communities to achieve energy independence with the help of decentralized, micro-grid alternative energy systems based on solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and other viable systems.

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A CSR project transforming the lives of villagers in Laos

Waste management is another important area where corporates can play a key role towards community welfare. Waste management is needed in all type of industries and it should be adopted by every industry as its social responsibility. Nowadays, eco-friendly waste management is a growing concept which can make significant contribution in the welfare of the society and environment.