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Infosys maps its 10-year carbon neutrality drive

For Infosys sustainability is in its DNA.The tech bellwether’s latest report shows that it has slashed per capita electricity consumption by a whopping 51 per cent when compared with fiscal 2008, thereby saving over $150 million.

“The per...


Infosys maps its 10-year carbon neutrality drive

For Infosys sustainability is in its DNA.The tech bellwether’s latest report shows that it has slashed per capita electricity consumption by a whopping 51 per cent when compared with fiscal 2008, thereby saving over $150 million.

“The per capita electricity consumption was brought down a year ahead of target,” says Guruprakash Sastry, Regional Head, Infrastructure, Infosys. “Significantly, during the period employee strength has gone up from 80,000 to 2,00,364.”

During the 10 year journey of aiming to reduce its carbon footprint, the Bengaluru headquartered company has initiated a number of measures, both towards energy efficiency and sustainability across water conservation and waste management.

It has generated 17,572 Mwh of electricity from 15.2 MW solar PV systems installed on its campuses and is among the first to enter the RE100, a global platform for companies committed to 100 per cent renewable power.

According to company data, efforts towards energy efficiency and use of renewable energy has enabled it to reduce its carbon footprint by about 70 per cent across their scope of 1 and 2 emissions. Towards achieving carbon neutrality footprint level 3 emission, the company’s renewable energy projects are also playing a significant role.

During fiscal 2017, 118.90 million units of electricity was generated from the company’s renewable energy sources, with the renewables contribution going up to 44.6 per cent of its overall electricity requirements.

Apart from electricity, the measures Infosys took include zero waste to landfill, 100 per cent food waste treatment through biogas plants and a comprehensive water conservation strategy that encompasses action to reduce, recycle and reuse. Since 2008 it has been able to decrease per capita water consumption by 46 per cent. During last fiscal, Infosys started three new carbon offset projects. These include a rural electrification project and distribution of high efficiency biomass cook stoves for rural households.

It installed biogas plants with total capacity of 9.25 tonnes per day and 3.1 TPD capacity composting plants in its campuses including those in Mysuru, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Mangaluru and Bhubaneswar. In fact, Pune, Mysuru and Thiruvananthapuram were awarded the LEED India Platinum rating during fiscal 2017.

(This article was published on July 4, 2017)

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