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Infosys to become carbon neutral, rely entirely on renewable energy by 2017

According to reports, in a move to achieve the challenging goal of becoming a completely carbon neutral organisation, IT major Infosys on Monday said it will rely on renewable sources for its entire energy requirement by 2017.

At present, renewable energy accounts for 20 per cent of Infosys’ total energy requirements, its executive co-chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan said, at the India Economic Summit session on ‘Green Growth in India: From Agenda to Action’.

Infosys, which annually adds about 2-3 million sq ft of space to its infrastructure, was also able to reduce 20 per cent of its energy consumption in last 18 months through efficient use of energy, Gopalakrishnan said. He said increasing awareness and moving towards sustainable growth was a huge opportunity from a business point of view as well.

Tulsi R Tanti, chairman and MD of Suzlon Energy, said 50 per cent of India’s energy requirements would be met from renewable energy by 2017. Tanti, however, said going forward innovation and technological advancements was imperative for the industry to achieve sound growth, rather than subsidies and incentives from the government. He said the private sector should be encouraged in both distribution and generation and urged the government to restrict only to transmission.

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