Infosys announced the launch of a household biogas project in Ramanagara district in Karnataka. Under the project, Infosys will build 7,620 household biogas units and provide an equal number of biogas stoves to as many families in the district. Infosys will spend nearly 22 Crores on the project. Over a 10-year period, the project is expected to generate biogas equivalent to about 1 million cylinders of domestic LPG. SKG Sangha, a Karnataka-based NGO with experience in implementing biogas projects will be the implementation partner for this project. Through this partnership, Infosys will train the beneficiaries, maintain the biogas digesters, and monitoring their performance.
The project was inaugurated by Mrs. Sudha Murty, Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, India, in Channapatna. Guests of honour, Mr. D. K. Suresh, Bangalore Rural MP, and Mr. Ramadas Kamath, Executive Vice President, Head Infrastructure, Facilities, Administration, Security, and Sustainability, Infosys; Head of Green Initiatives at Infosys; Mr. Bose Varghese; the President of SKG Sangha, Mr. Vidya Sagar Devabhaktuni; and the President of the local panchayat, Mr. K. P. Raju were also present at the inauguration.
Biogas generated from cow dung is considered a form of renewable energy and offers a clean and smokeless cooking solution to rural households. According to the Ministry of Statistics, India, close to a million deaths a year in India are attributable to household air pollution from traditional modes of cooking. This biogas project will give the beneficiary families a better and healthier lifestyle through clean and fast cooking for many years. The project not only creates socio-economic benefits to the communities, but also significantly contributes to the fight against climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Infosys is a global leader in sustainable development and became the first Indian company to join the global RE100 campaign. Aiming to become carbon neutral by 2018, the company is also working towards reducing its per capita electricity consumption by 50 per cent from its 2007-2008 levels and source all its electricity from renewable resources by 2018.