The Initiative is aimed at creating a cleaner and greener future by identifying opportunities for IT sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
New Delhi – On December 22, 2011, TERI-BCSD (The Energy and Resources Institute – Business Council for Sustainable Development) and NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) launched a report titled, “Sustainable Tomorrow: Harnessing ICT Potential”. The report is an attempt to bring together the entire ecosystem of users and providers of IT applications and services that can help meet the goals of climate change and environment sustainability.
The report, emphasizes on the role played by ICT in reducing India’s energy requirements by encouraging practices that promote a healthier environment without impeding the economic growth. The report recognizes the potential of ICT sector and largely focuses on cost effective product enhancement and not necessarily driving energy efficiency. The report is result of a research project jointly undertaken by TERI BCSD and NASSCOM with help of its member companies in identifying IT solutions that can play a game changing role in reducing carbon footprint and defining new opportunities.
This initiative attempts to engage with key state and central government departments and presents the barriers vis-à-vis current practices. The scope of work is not limited to GHG emission abatement, but also encompasses pragmatic steps to reduce the footprint of the ICT sector and accelerate adoption of green practices; and perspectives of other industry sectors on large scale use of ICT services and infrastructure for both mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General of TERI, flanked by Mr. Som Mittal (left), President of Nasscom, and Mr. Nitin Desai, Chairperson of TERI, during the launch of “Sustainable Tomorrow: Harnessing ICT Potential”
Speaking on the initiative, Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director-General, TERI said, “The rapid growth of the ICT sector in India makes it imperative that future activities in this field fully meet the objectives of sustainability and social responsibility.”
Applauding the report, Mr. Sachin Pilot, Minister of State, Communications and Information Technology said, “Our ministry compliments NASSCOM and TERI for taking this initiative towards enabling India’s immediate action on sustainable development. I have no doubt in my mind that ICT can play a transformational role by partnering with both Government and Enterprises in India to go Green. I also urge the ICT industry members and research organizations like TERI to take the lead in making India an Innovation hub for green technologies and practices.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM, said, “As India moves towards becoming a knowledge-based society, ICT solutions can aid development in different ways. In the last decade, ICT has helped India improve its efficiency and contributed to better governance, thereby, changing India’s image globally. The IT industry is playing a transformational role in the way businesses, customers and citizens are serviced, and also leading the way in establishing a new paradigm for Knowledge and Services led economy.”
He further added, “There is immense scope for IT industry and its members to enable customers across verticals to harness green technologies and practices, and create new models for a low-carbon, energy efficient economy. We, at NASSCOM believe that it is the confluence of Information Technology, Communication Technology, Automation and Digital Technology is clearly way forward to enable environment.”
A multi-case consultative approach has been adopted to develop the report. Researchers from relevant research divisions in TERI and select members from ICT companies were engaged as subject matter experts to develop the report.
ICT plays a transformational role by enabling firms across sectors to measure, control and maintain and efficiently run (Green) business and significantly contribute towards reduced carbon footprint.
The Indian IT-BPO sector is actively participating in the ‘Green’ movement, increasingly focusing on issues such as energy conservation and on utilizing IT to reduce the carbon footprint, enhance efficiency and business capabilities, improve productivity and preserve the environment. This imperative is also reflected in customers demanding more environment friendly products, and solutions to help them to setup Green Data Centres and drive energy efficiency in their facilities and core processes. Besides consciously creating more energy efficient products and services for customers, IT-BPO organizations in India are also working hard to establish Green Practices within their own organizations.
Green practices adopted by IT-BPO organizations for greater sustainability are on three pillars:
- Facility Management includes Green Buildings, Energy Efficient Cooling, Water Management, Efficient Lightings, Bio-Diversity, Renewable/Non-conventional sources of energy
- IT Infrastructure Management includes Energy Efficient PCs, Green Data Centre, Virtual Meetings, Cloud/Grid Computing, e-Waste Disposal
- Processes & Practices includes Energy Audits, Sustainability Reporting, Carbon Disclosure, Employee Awareness and promoting shared or public transport options
For the past several years, TERI has been addressing issues related to sustainable development with Indian industry, by setting up TERI-BCSD (Business Council for Sustainable Development). Having succeeded to garner the support of over 100 member companies recently, TERI-BCSD India has received the fillip to evolve into a unique industry body mobilizing the corporate sector in implementing the principles of sustainable development.
NASSCOM is India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies, the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT software and services industry in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with over 1,200 members, of which over 250 are global companies from the US, the UK, EU, Japan and China. NASSCOM’s member companies are in the business of software development, software services, software products, IT-enabled/BPO services and e-commerce. NASSCOM has been the strongest proponent of global free trade in India.