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Tatas talk green at the top

business Updated: Jun 04, 2009 21:34 IST
Suprotip Ghosh
Suprotip Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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S Ramadorai, managing director, Tata Consultancy Services, puts his computer to ‘sleep’ before he steps out of office.

Kishore A Chaukar, managing director, Tata Industries, feels printing on both sides of a page in a printer makes files and folders smaller, besides saving a whole lot of trees.

Tata Chemicals managing director R Mukundan ensures every employee of his finishes work and leaves by 6 pm. It saves electricity; helps the bottom lines too.

B Muthuraman, managing director, Tata Steel, likes to keep his air-conditioner at 24 degrees. “Best way to run an air conditioner the environment-friendly way,” he says.

These details of the Tata Group’s top leaders come from a sneak peek of a film made for internal viewing of Tata employees.

The ten-minute movie would be shown across Tata offices on Friday.

In 2007, at a Tata Business Excellence Convention, chairman Ratan Tata drew everyone’s attention to climate change. A steering committee was formed, with some of the group’s managing directors as members. The committee meets every month, said Aurnavo Mukherjee, vice president, Tata Quality Management Services, who runs the ‘Green Cell’ at Tata.

In July 2008, a cell of five was formed at TQMS, which works on creating awareness and suggesting frameworks for sustainability to group corporations.

So, Tata Steel, which might have an emission per tonne of steel of a little above two for its plants, is now to reduce it.

Its subsidiary, UK’s Corus Steel, has a ratio of 1.7, while the best companies would have it around 1.5.

Tata Chemicals is using waste gases and heat recycling to cut down wastage from chemical plants. Tata Power has a stated goal of generating 25 per cent power from environment-friendly sources.

While there is no budget publicly available for making its companies environment friendly, (Tata officials refused to comment), the figure is not really something that is important, said Mukherjee.

What is important is change. It is going to be tough, but the group seems to have found the path between caring for the environment and its bottom line.