Leading the way towards a brighter tomorrow, more and more IT companies in the City are turning green.
While countries across the globe are making big promises about reducing their carbon footprint and working towards a greener environment, IT companies in the country have taken it upon themselves to make a difference and are turning themselves into green companies.
Many of these companies have hired special teams that work towards reducing the carbon footprint of the company. With each company employing thousands of workers, the vision of a greener tomorrow is being transferred to the employees and in turn, to their families as well. The companies believe in a simple concept that small sacrifices will go a long way.
Infosys, for one, set up its green team back in 2008 to change the company to an environment friendly one and put up a building that is 50 per cent more efficient than other buildings on campus.
Rohan Parikh, head of Green Initiatives and Infrastructure at Infosys, says, “This building is 40% more efficient than American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards and lighting design is 50% more efficient. This ensures that the entire office is day lit without glare from 8am to 5pm. This building is designed according to solar passive principles and has a high performance building envelope, consisting of insulated walls and roof. And this is the first commercial radiant-cooling building in India. This symmetric building is one half radiant cooling (uses water to cool) and the other half, efficient, but conventional air conditioning (uses air to cool). This living experiment makes a very compelling case for more efficient cooling systems, as you can compare all the data in real time.”
Another point that companies make is that going green has been highly profitable for them and the sacrifices is helping in the company’s growth. “Since the time we implemented green initiation scheme, the company has been saved from using an additional 300 million units of electricity. There are goals that we follow to become a green company and the most important of all is to inspire the employees to take up the initiative. Because without their support, it is impossible to make an impact,” Rohan says.
Apart from Infosys, there are many companies in Hyderabad, like Wipro and TCS, that are making the right moves towards a greener tomorrow. These companies have set aggressive carbon emission targets. Infosys Technologies has already set a target of 65% reduction in emission per revenue unit by 2015, with the base year being 2008. Wipro has set a target of 50% reduction in carbon emission per capita from 2008 to 2015.
Chaitanya Kumar National Coordinator of Indian Climate Youth Network that does eco audits of companies in the city says that it is a positive trend.“We have done eco-audits of about 17 companies and they have been very encouraging when we approached them to help them find their carbon footprint,” he says.
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