Information Technology giant Infosys has been recognized for its dedicated efforts towards climate change action as it has won the prestigious United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ category. Infosys is the only corporate firm from India to receive the recognition for its efforts to combat climate change.
The big announcement was made shortly after the UN Climate Summit in New York organized by UN Secretary General António Guterres. Moreover, the award will be presented to Infosys at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) to be held in Santiago, Chile later this year in December
The UN Global Climate Action Awards are organized as a part of the Momentum for Change initiative by the UN Climate Change Secretariat. In this, the award winning projects are acknowledged for their innovative solutions that address climate change, and help drive growth on many other sustainable development goals, like poverty alleviation, gender equality and economic opportunity.
Announcing the award, Niclas Svenningsen, Manager of the UN Climate Change Global Climate Action Programme, said, “This year, we had over 670 incredible applications for the UN Global Climate Action Award. It is our pleasure to award Infosys. Their pledge to become carbon neutral serves as a beacon, guiding us towards a more sustainable future for all. Infosys has implemented energy efficiency measures and switched to renewable energy, while offsetting any remaining emissions through its carbon offset projects. Infosys is helping the world transition to a low-carbon future – providing a shining example of a scalable and replicable climate solution.”
Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys, said, “At Infosys, what started as an endeavor to become carbon neutral, has turned into a journey of fulfilment and hope. This has been possible with our strategy to integrate carbon neutrality with sustainable development. This UN award is a validation of our commitment and progress towards supporting the cause of climate change.”
Infosys’ initiative to combat climate change started in 2008, with an assessment of its carbon footprint. Later in 2011, Infosys made a voluntary commitment to the United Nations to become carbon neutral. The IT company has been on an augmented plan focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy (RE) and offsetting emissions. Infosys’ vision for a low carbon future is evident from the commitment the company made, significantly ahead of 2015 Paris climate change agreement. In addition to that, in October 2018, Infosys also took a pledge to validate its commitment to moving to a low carbon economy, at the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ platform by UNFCCC.