Capgemini, a French multinational corporation, has announced that its Bangalore EPIP (Export Promotion Industrial Park) has become the first corporate campus in the country to receive the Net-Zero-Platinum Certification from the India Green Building Council (IGBC).
The IGBC is a part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) aimed at developing a sustainable future for all.
With the Net-Zero Platinum Certification, the company says its campus in Bangalore has become the first campus in the country to have achieved the status of being self-sustaining by generating an equal amount of renewable energy as required for its operations.
Speaking on the development, Ashwin Yardi, CEO of Capgemini in India, said, “This is a big milestone towards achieving Capgemini’s sustainability vision and is a testament to our commitment to being a leading responsible and sustainable organization. We will continue to ensure that we live up to being architects of positive futures, where we create a meaningful societal and environmental impact on our journey of growth and evolution.”
For the efficient use of energy, the company has introduced a number of initiatives which include the installation of smart aisle containment for efficient cooling at its data center; efficient modular uninterrupted power supply systems for its data center; variable refrigerant flow systems and water-cooled chillers for air conditioning; and a dual feeder electricity supply to reduce diesel generator operations.
After putting the required infrastructure in place for the efficient use of energy, the company shifted its focus on generating renewable energy to meet its energy needs. To achieve this goal, an in-house captive solar power system of 1,100 kW was commissioned to meet the energy requirements. The meters supply the unused renewable energy to the grid on holidays and during weekends. The company has also signed agreements to purchase power from off-site solar and wind farms to ensure that the energy used by the company comes from renewable sources.
Earlier this month, Lithium Urban Technologies Private Limited joined hands with Indian software giant Wipro to expand its fleet of electric vehicles for transporting its employees across its offices in India. The companies plan to roll out the fleet of EVs powered by renewable energy in a phased manner over the next 12-18 months catering to Wipro’s transportations needs across the country.
Previously, it was reported that Infosys, India’s software multinational giant, had developed a total capacity of 46.1 MW of rooftop and ground-mounted solar projects across the country. Of the overall energy requirement of Infosys in 2018, 109.7 million units came from renewable power, which covered the 43.7% electricity needs of all its campuses across India.
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Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.