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Greenhouse gas emissions
Our main sources of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) include indirect emissions through electricity consumption, business travel and employee-commute.
The GHG emissions have been recomputed from the base year considering the changed emission factors. LPG, which was earlier included in Scope 1, now finds a position in Scope 3 under the ‘Downstream leased assets’.
This year, fugitive emissions from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have been included in Scope 1. Mobile emissions from company-owned vehicles and internal equipment like lawn mowers have also been included starting this year. Emissions from waste have been computed for this year and last year. It includes the following:
- Food waste
- Metal waste
- Wood waste
The trends of per capita per month GHG emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) for all locations over the years has been graphically represented below:
Per capita per year in MT (CO2 e)
We have reduced our Scope 1 and Scope 2 per capita CO2 e emissions by 53.53 percent from the fiscal 2008 baseline.
All of our existing campuses are situated in industrial zones as notified in the site guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. None of our campuses fall within or are adjacent to protected areas or high-biodiversity areas.
Environmental impact assessment studies are conducted for all new projects relating to the impact of air, water, social, biodiversity etc. within a 10 km radius of the proposed site. We have created a biodiversity policy in fiscal year 2013 based on the growing importance of biodiversity conservation globally.
Currently, we are focused on organizing sapling-plantation drives. We have planted 62,065 saplings, which are native to this region on our campuses in the last fiscal.
Following is a representation of the annual increase in the number of trees planted across our campuses over the last five years:
At Infosys, we have consistently ensured that we reuse, recycle and responsibly dispose waste. This has been our focused approach towards waste management.
Infosys provides products, consultancy and services in the information technology domain. Hence, our operations do not result in spillage of any kind. We also do not necessitate the use of any natural or recycled raw materials for packaging. Our suppliers are also encouraged to reuse packaging material used for the goods supplied to us.
The color-coding for waste segregation at our campuses is as follows:
In adherence to applicable legislations, waste is now segregated at source, stored and disposed to authorized recyclers. In Mysore, for instance, food waste is recycled at the biogas plant, while at other campus it is sent to piggeries. Paper waste is sent for recycling. In some centers like Bangalore and Mangalore, the vendors recycle the paper and provide recycled products in return.
We have formed the following strategic partnerships in fiscal 2013:
- Indo-US Joint Center for Building Energy Research and Development
We are participating as an industry partner in the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE). This is a five-year project on clean energy research and development in the area of building efficiency.
- 2. Partnership with Saint-Gobain Research India Limited:
We have partnered with Saint Gobain for research on building material, the analysis of building envelopes and building monitoring to improve the efficiency of buildings in hot or humid climate.
- Project on an energy management system:
Infosys is partnering with the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) on a technology evaluation of the energy management system developed by UTRC. The project intends to demonstrate the energy savings made through building automation, monitoring, analysis, and diagnostics, thereby optimizing use of energy reducing operational costs.
Since our water consumption is solely for human consumption, we believe that we do not significantly impact water resources. We have, however continued to focus on reducing our per capita fresh water. Our reduction of per capita fresh water consumption was 14.28 percent in fiscal year 2013, as compared to the previous fiscal year.
Our aim is to make our campuses water sustainable. Our strategy across our campuses includes: –
- A reduction in our consumption of fresh water
- Rainwater harvesting
- Recycling and reuse of waste water.
The following table provides details of the sources of fresh water used at our campuses in fiscal year 2013:
The rainwater harvesting infrastructure at our campuses have been built to maximize sequestration. Here is a list of the campuses with this facility:
- 8 reservoirs in Mysore – total capacity of 60 million liters
- 7 reservoirs in Mangalore – total capacity of 45 million liters
- 3 reservoirs in Pune – total capacity of 20 million liters
- 4 reservoirs in Hyderabad – total capacity of 130 million liters
Eco advocacy and good citizenry
We continue to advocate positive sustainability among our employees to educate them in good citizenship. We sponsor and support employee volunteer groups in setting up eco-clubs across our campuses. These eco-groups take up projects that address water conservation, electricity conservation, waste recycling, reduction in carbon emissions and afforestation.
The following are some highlights of our activities in fiscal 2013:
- Employees in our Bangalore and Chennai campuses took the initiative to create awareness and in the area of waste management. Our volunteer teams worked with several stakeholders along with local communities to seek long-term solutions
- A weeklong event was conducted at our Bangalore campus. The event involved activities like a recycling contest, an e-waste drive, knowledge-sharing sessions by experts and an exhibition and sale of recycled products
- Events to spread awareness in the areas of environmental conservation, responsible travel and food and water conservation were organized
- All the lights at our campus were turned off during ‘Earth Hour’. Expert sessions, a photography competition, walkathons and similar events were also conducted