The Indian IT industry has cut carbon emission by 85% during the pandemic—but will it last?

When India’s IT services industry returns to work in a post-pandemic world, it would’ve 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.

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