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Earth day is an annual reminder that the planet needs immediate action to contain climate change and its impact on the human population.

Why does the earth need saving?

For millions of years, the planet has nurtured many life forms with air, food, water and shelter. However, large scale industrial activity over the last couple of centuries and incremental loss of biodiversity has put the earth at risk. The air is getting increasingly polluted, our planet is warming up as we speak, and climate change is a global concern.
Therefore, sustainability must be at the heart of all our efforts for growth and future.
We, at TCS, believe that technology innovation can be a solution to mitigate some of the challenges that the earth and humanity face now. We also believe that technology can help build a better and greener future. 

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Here are five things that TCS is doing to drive sustainable growth

Committed to net zero by 2030

TCS has embarked on a journey to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net zero emissions by 2030. Last year, in its annual report, the global IT giant set forth a carbon reduction goal after having achieved the previous target of reducing its specific carbon footprint by half by 2020 (versus baseline year FY 2008), ahead of schedule. In FY 2021, TCS’ specific carbon footprint across Scope 1 and Scope 2 was lower by 61.6% compared to baseline year FY 2008. The company plans to cut its absolute greenhouse gas emissions across Scope 1 and Scope 2 by 70% by 2025.

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Walk the talk

TCS has built CleverEnergy, an energy and emission management system that helps commercial and industrial organizations be more sustainable, ensure energy and cost efficiency, and decrease carbon emissions. CleverEnergy is not only helping many commercial and industrial clients of TCS be more sustainable and decrease carbon emissions, but it has also found a place in 135 TCS offices across the globe. The total floorspace monitored by CleverEnergy is almost three times the size of Burj Khalifa. 

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An efficient and green digital twin

Greenhouse gases (GHG) are directly responsible for global warming and climate change. Thermal power plants, which generate power from fossil fuels such as coal, are the biggest contributors to GHG emissions. Many large power generators are now digitalizing their power plants to improve operational efficiency and performance optimization, thereby also reducing emissions. However, despite several sustainability actions set in motion, coal is expected to provide at least 22% of global power even in 2040, accounting for nearly 68% of emissions. The research and innovation team at TCS has taken this up as a challenge and proposed a unique solution: Digital twin solutions backed by internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), cloud and advanced data analytics. A digital twin is a combination of sensors for detecting and collecting data as well analytical tools such as AI and machine learning.

Helping customers in their sustainability journey

TCS has a slew of more than 200 offerings of products, solutions and platforms that help organizations measure and monitor sustainability investments, automation, scaling and communicating sustainability efforts.
Clients of TCS are leveraging these solutions, products and platforms to manage climate change and preserve natural resources and embed circularity in their products and services. These offerings are also aiding organizations in building an inclusive and regenerative society.

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Building a community

As a responsible organization, TCS is very involved in the community in which it operates. One of the key efforts of TCS is the implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission, a government scheme for providing potable drinking water to rural households. TCS has empowered more than 75,000 rural beneficiaries to have potable drinking water in eight states and union territories.
One-horned rhinos at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam are a vulnerable species and susceptible to poaching. In yet another project, drones coordinated by TCS are patrolling 480 square km of the park to protect those vulnerable rhinos from poachers.