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Climate change has been a growing concern within the Tata group for several years. The climate change movement began at the annual Tata Business Excellence Convention in December 2007 where Mr. Ratan Tata suggested that Tata companies should play a more responsible role in mitigating the impact of climate change. This resulted in a two-pronged approach. At one level, a behaviour change among Tata companies was initiated by incorporating climate change in the Tata Code of Conduct. At another level, a series of plans, policies and initiatives were drawn up for companies by setting up a climate change steering committee in 2008 to:
A climate change policy for all Tata companies has also been articulated by the Steering Committee. This functions as a common framework for institutionalising climate change policies.
At the same time, The Tata group became part of the Prime Minister's low carbon committee and was a member in the Steering Committee of 'Caring for Climate' initiative of the United Nations Global Compact and United Nations Environment Programme.
Ahead of the crucial global climate change talks that concluded in Paris, global corporate leaders signed an open letter on climate change, including Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus P. Mistry. This coalition, CEO Climate Leaders, comprising CEOs from 79 companies with operations in over 150 countries and territories,and facilitated by the World Economic Forum, believe the private sector has a responsibility to actively engage in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to help lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.
Currently, the carbon footprint mapping has been extended to include the complete value chain – from vendors to disposal of equipment – to measure lifecycle emissions. Some of the significant initiatives that have been taken in the past few years are:
Several Tata companies like TCS, Tata Steel, Tata Chemicals, Tata Power and Tata Global Beverages Limited have been recognised and listed in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index
The sustainability month was launched by the Tata Sustainability Group in 2014 to create awareness among employees and inspire actions that lead to a sustainable future. A group-wide communication campaign was rolled out coinciding with the World Environment Day on 5th June.
Most Tata companies have adopted energy-efficient systems such as lighting, variable frequency drives for motors, star-rated appliances and waste heat recovery systems Green data centres by Tata Communications
and TCS
20 per cent of the Tata power portfolio is from renewable sources
Greening of Tata owned buildings, including the headquarters at Bombay House - the first heritage building in India to be certified with an
IGBC Gold Rating
Creating green data centres by Tata Communications
and TCS
Awareness drive through Energy Clubs in schools covering 5.2 million students
Creation of Tata Capital Cleantech Limited to fund green initiatives
The climate change agenda is now being expanded to create a larger discourse on sustainability that includes environment and community initiatives. The Tata Global Sustainability Council was been set up on 1st November 2014 to provide strategic guidance and thought leadership to companies, including the development of a group-wide sustainability policy.
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