Infosys celebrates World Environment Day with UNEP


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Infosys took a pledge to make its campuses non-recyclable plastics-free by 2020

Posted On:  02 Jun . 2018
Infosys celebrates World Environment Day with UNEP
 

Tech giant Infosys along with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) celebrated World Environment Day at its Hyderabad SEZ campus in Pocharam, focusing on the 2018 theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

On this occasion, Infosys took a pledge to make its campuses non-recyclable plastics-free by 2020. The company also pledged to reduce the per capita generation of plastic waste by 50% in the same year. This move is a part of its continued effort to conserve the environment and encourage sustainable development.

As part of the commitment, Infosys aims to replace PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) water bottles, plastic carry bags, food sachets, toiletries, garbage bin liners and business card holders among other plastic items used at its campuses with environment friendly materials.

The World Environment Day celebration at Infosys was graced by Shri. Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao, Cabinet Minister for Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Industries & Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI & Affairs in the Government of Telangana; Mr. Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment; Mr. Atul Bagai, Head of Country Office, UNEP India; Ms. Almitra Patel, Member of Supreme Court committee for solid ..

At the event Mr. Pravin Rao elaborated on how Infosys is pioneering environmentally sustainable campuses. This was followed by addresses from Mr. Erik Solheim who spoke about UNEP and the significance of World Environment Day, Shri. Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao highlighted the Environmental initiatives by the state of Telangana, and Ms. Almitra Patel, also shared her perspective on efforts to combat the growing problems of waste disposal in landfills. This was followed by a panel discussion on ho ..

“As a responsible global corporation that is passionate about sustainable development, we take this opportunity to align with global sustainability efforts in combatting the issue of excessive use of non-recyclable plastic products. On this World Environment Day, we pledge to make our campuses a plastic-free environment, a clear reiteration of our commitment to environmental conservation,” said Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys.

 “Infosys is the perfect example of how sustainability and profitability go hand in hand. The company is not only a green business leader for India, but also for the world. It’s raising the bar on energy efficiency, green buildings, clean power and building an operating culture that has embraced thinking big on environmental targets,” said Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment. “Infosys is an example of the kind of ambition and action we need.”

 

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