Sustainability

Resource Intensity

  • 43.6 percent reduction in electricity intensity against the baseline set in fiscal year 2008
  • 34.5 percent reduction in water intensity against the baseline set in fiscal year 2008
  • 75.6 million units of electricity from renewable sources in fiscal year 2014
  • 10.1 MW of connected load reduction through HVAC retrofits since fiscal year 2011
  • 3.4 million sq.ft. of highest rated green buildings
  • 2.0 MW of onsite solar power plants

Download the Infosys Sustainability Report 2013-14

Resource Intensity

In the face of accelerated depletion of natural resources, incremental increase in resource efficiencies is not sufficient; and beyond a point, optimization gets prohibitively expensive. Resource intensity is about doing far more with far less. We constantly look at transformational ways to de-intensify and achieve the same or better outcomes, using fewer resources.

Environmental compliance

We comply with all applicable environmental regulations in the countries where we operate. Our resource intensity efforts are driven by aggressive targets beyond compliance benchmarks.

Water

Our fresh water consumption is solely for the purpose of human sustenance. Hence, we believe that we do not significantly impact water resources. We have however, continued our focus on reducing our per capita fresh water consumption through various initiatives. We were able to reduce our per capita fresh water consumption by 1.04 percent in fiscal year 2014, as compared to the previous fiscal at our India locations. Our aim is to make our campuses water sustainable. The water sustainability strategy across our campuses includes reducing our fresh water consumption, rainwater harvesting, and recycle and reuse of waste water. Our efforts to reduce fresh water consumption includes installation of pressure reducing valves in taps and pipes, the use of flow restrictors, and installation of sensor taps in high density areas.

Energy

Infosys has always believed and adhered to the highest energy efficiency standards. The efforts have driven the company's six-year transformation from one that commissioned electricity-guzzling glass monuments to ones that use only natural light and little or no air conditioning.

Electricity

We have taken up an aggressive target to reduce our per capita electricity consumption by 50 percent by fiscal year 2018, against our baseline of fiscal year 2008. In fiscal year 2014, we have reduced our per capita electricity consumption by 6.17 percent, at our India locations. Overall, we have achieved 43.6 percent per capita reduction in our electricity consumption against the baseline set in fiscal year 2008.

Renewable energy

Our focus has always been on increasing our share of renewable energy. We have achieved this by sourcing green power at a few locations, harnessing solar energy onsite, for water heating and electricity requirements. During fiscal year 2014, we used 75.6 million units of green power, which is 30 percent of overall electricity requirements of our campuses in India. During the same period, 1,101 MWh of electricity was produced from our solar PV systems in our campuses.

Emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions

In line with the GHG Protocol, we have categorized our GHG emissions as direct and indirect based on the following criteria:

  • Direct GHG emissions are emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the reporting entity.
  • Indirect GHG emissions are emissions that are a consequence of the activities of the reporting entity, but occur at sources owned or controlled by another entity.
  • The GHG Protocol further categorizes these direct and indirect emissions into three broad scopes — scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3.
  • We use 'Operation Control' as the consolidation approach for emission calculation and reporting.

Our main sources of indirect GHG emissions include electricity consumption, fuel consumption in food courts, business travel, and employee commute.

Waste management

At Infosys, we have consistently ensured that we reuse, recycle, and responsibly dispose waste. This has been our focused approach towards waste management. Waste is segregated at source, stored, and disposed to authorized recyclers, in adherence to applicable legislations.

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:

Waste management 
 

Influencing social behavior

Employee engagement and awareness programs are conducted across all campuses through eco clubs, to sensitize employees on waste management issues and achieve segregation at source. All common areas and pantries in the campuses have color-coded and labeled bins to ensure segregation of waste.

Biodiversity

Considering the growing importance of biodiversity conservation, we formulated a biodiversity policy. We are committed to conserving and promoting biodiversity at all of our owned facilities, and we constantly encourage our employees and our stakeholders to do the same. Many of our campuses support a rich diversity of flora and fauna. All of our existing campuses are situated on government-approved land (industrial zones). None of our campuses fall within or are adjacent to protected areas or high-biodiversity areas, as notified in the siting guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.

For more information on how we manage our environmental parameters, please refer to our Sustainability Report 2013-14

Strategic partnerships

We are working closely with the following organizations to further research in building energy efficiency:

Indo-U.S. 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 areas of building efficiency.

We are working with several institutes and companies in India and the US to achieve energy savings by driving the development of cost-effective technologies in the areas of passive building design, advanced HVAC and lighting technologies, building energy simulation, automation, and monitoring.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB)

We hosted the WBCSD core group on EEB 2.0 in Hyderabad and Bangalore in June 2013. The collaboration is aimed at sharing our best practices in green buildings, energy management, and retrofits. The sharing session provided us with an opportunity to engage with other market players globally. The findings from this engagement would inform the EEB 2.0 project strategy on engaging with decision-makers to analyze and overcome barriers for deep energy efficiency measures. This is being documented for further use in communication and outreach as a best-practice guide.

To know more about our strategic partnerships, please refer to our Sustainability Report 2013-14

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