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When India’s IT services industry returns to work in a post-pandemic world, it would have stepped up its sustainability quotient.

Carbon emissions in India’s IT sector have fallen 85% to 0.3 million tonnes between March 2020 and March 2021, compared to 2 million tonnes in the year prior, according to market intelligence firm UnearthInsight. The green gains are mainly because less than 5% of the 4.4 million employees in the Indian IT outsourcing industry were travelling to work during this time.

The top five IT services companies – Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, HCL Technologies, Wipro, and Tech Mahindra – spent 75% less than last year on commutes to work, domestic travel, and international travel, according to UnearthInsight.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has propelled India’s $194 billion [Rs 14 lakh crore] outsourcing industry towards carbon neutrality with hybrid working models, electric mobility, and digital disruption for campus hiring,” the study of over 2,000 big and small outsourcing technology companies in India noted.

It’s likely that a quarter of the IT workforce will return to work by early 2022 as global and domestic firms get their employees vaccinated. In this post-pandemic world, even as office visits and business travel increase, companies will crack myriad ways to become more sustainable.

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Abdul Gh Lone