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Investing for Tomorrow

HCL: InvestingWe focus on continuous improvements of our Green Data Centers for energy-efficiency and have introduced contemporary ways of managing our internal IT services. Initiated in FY 2012, our Global IT department provides energy efficient solutions for our day-to-day operations, recycles electronic products, manages E-waste disposal responsibly and focuses on server virtualization and consolidation to reduce energy consumption.

During FY 2012, our Global IT team adopted tools like - System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) which is a unified power management tool, messaging tool Lync and Remote Management Services that initiate VDI deployment and also launched Cloud Computing services.  In addition a Unified Threat Messaging system was introduced to reduce the need for multiple power consuming boxes for managing threats, leading to increased energy efficiency. The introduction of GIT Cloud services by the IT services reduced the hardware procurement needs of HCL project teams, and thus the total power consumption and cooling requirements up to 58%.

In  FY 2012 alone, the consolidated approach to managing our green data centres resulted in an annual savings of 65, 06,120 KVA of energy.

This year, the monthly savings has been 1691 KWh and the initiative - wise savings are as follows:

Global IT Green initiatives Energy savings (KWh) per month (FY12)
GIT Cloud 781
Green Data Center 208
Green DC upgrade 260
Blade server Infra 156
Virtual desktop infrastructure 26
Lync 260
Scope: Global HCLT

In FY 2013, we plan to initiate and upscale our existing green framework through Cloud Upgrade, Mobile Device  Management, Exchange 2010 migration etc. to balance business and environment needs.


Small Changes, Big Differences

Our Global Development Center at Raleigh, USA was using over 87,000 styrofoam cups every year. Styrofoam, which is the brand name for the material polystyrene, is a hazardous carcinogen that has negative effects on the environment and individual health:
  • It is estimated that 1/3 of landfills are composed of polystyrene, which over time will be absorbed into the surrounding earth and eventually seep into the drinking water supplies. 
  • When used by consumers the product can leak carcinogens into  food  and liquids being held by the product, especially when the product is heated.
HCL: Small Changes, Big Differences
Our GDC in Raleigh, North Carolina needed to decrease its carbon footprint while still offering beverage containers to its employees and guests. We went back to basics - eliminated the use of   Styrofoam cups by replacing them with HCLT-branded ceramic mugs for employees and biodegradable green paper cups for customers and guests. 
We believe that small changes can make big differences.

Small steps towards a better tomorrow

  1. We have  encased forensic tools to access remote devices, thereby reducing physical travel 
  2. We use scanners to reduce the need to have multiple paper copies
  3. We have introduced Intelligent Archiving systems in the areas of Email, Enterprise Backup to reduce the need for investments in electronic disk storage and media

Wealth out of Waste

WoW (Wealth out of Waste), is HCLT’s joint program with ITC India for recycling paper. ITC and their channel partners remove shredded paper, newspapers, carton boxes, magazines for recycling. Currently, our Chennai-based offices  participate in this initiative.

Green Campaigns

We believe that every organization can play a major role in reducing hazards to the environment. At HCLT, a number of environment-friendly campaigns are run on a regular basis. We discourage the use of vinyl posters and danglers for internal communication/branding/marketing. We use alternate e-channels to promote our campaigns which includes using Meme,our social media platform and our Intranets, desktop screensavers, widgets, LCD displays in buildings, and such portals. When a paper-based campaign is required, we use only ecofriendly and biodegradable posters and promote the usage of jute and cloth-based banners. 
Our Tools Group has replaced Paper-based certificates with E-certificates which has saved up to 100 trees this year! 

Renewable Energy and Certifications

We invested in bio mass energy, and are conducting a  feasibility study for use of Solar PVs in some of our centers, thus we have begun offsetting the emissions to achieve the targets by 2020. During FY 13, we will clearly chalk out a strategy for replacing up to 10% conventional energy by renewable energy source.
For FY 2013, 22 India-based facilities have been targeted for certifications including BEE, LEED and ISO14000 and 18001.  Currently, 17 facilities have received one or more of these certifications in India.

Comfortable Work Environment

HCL: Comfortable Work
Our buildings ensure a healthy and comfortable indoor environment for employees.
  • Daylight (daylight factor of 2% ) is provided for  most of the regularly occupied spaces.
  • Views are provided for more than 90 % of all habitable areas.
  • Grills and grates at entry- ways prevent dust and dirt from entering the buildings. Building materials and carpets have no, or low volatile organic compounds
  • Strict measures taken during construction reduce air contaminants, moisture damage and dust from persisting in the finished spaces.
  • The heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and fire suppression systems are free of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons and hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are known to be harmful to the ozone layer.
  • Special attention has been paid to the building envelope, plumbing and air delivery systems for reduced air leakage and ensuring no cross contamination of pollutants between spaces.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all buildings.

Green Infrastructure

  • Usage of Construction Material:  Wood, concrete, masonry, gypsum board, ceiling tiles and ceramic tiles are  all ordered in specific and required quantities to avoid waste
  • Recycling Construction Material: Over 60% of waste wood, gypsum board, tiles, carpet, paint and plastic are  reused or recycled at appropriate facilities
  • Using Material made of Recycled Content: Rubber and aluminum components (such as railings and window frames) have recycled content
  • Designating Specific Spaces: Specific areas in each building are designated for construction material separation and collection
  • Sourcing from Local Vendors: Many building materials are sourced locally. This  supports local markets while avoiding major environmental impacts due to shipping
  • Saying No to Pesticides: Buildings use pesticide- and fertilizer-free bamboo flooring and cabinets, and sustainable and salvaged wood products

All our new facilities are also designed to promote water conservation. These include low-flow toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads to save 30%-75% of the water we use, aerators on all faucets to reduce water usage without compromising water pressure. and installations of water and energy efficient appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. In FY 2012, we did not pay any fines for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

HCL: Green Infrastructure

Everyday Learning on Green
HCL: Learning Green

Green Bytes, our internal publication is published twice a week in the HCL Intranet to educate employees on saving our planet’s resources.

In FY 12, we celebrated World Environment Day with week-long programs and activites to increase employee awareness on environmental conservation. The highlight of this year’s celebration was the ‘street plays’ performed by children from HCLT Foundation supported Youth Clubs.

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