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We have successfully pursued initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment in order to protect vital and irreplaceable resources, better manage climate change risks, and enhance the quality of life for our employees, clients and partners.
Our environmental initiatives include purchases of renewable energy, improved facilities design, and re-engineered business processes – along with extensive grass roots efforts conceived and led by our Green Brigade volunteers.
Cognizant has made significant progress in meeting its ambitious goals for reducing energy use and emissions. Specifically, Our Go Green energy program has reduced per capita carbon emissions and increased our energy savings significantly since 2008. In fact, we essentially had surpassed our 2015 goals by 2014. As a result, our focus going forward will be on achieving a more optimal energy mix with greater reliance on renewables. We now procure about 7% of our global energy needs from renewables and plan to obtain additional energy from biomass, wind and solar.
We actively engage associates in our environmental efforts through a Company-wide initiative known as Go Green. In 2015 some 6,000 associate volunteers, known as Green Brigadiers, were involved in a range of grassroots clean-up efforts, recycling campaigns and awareness-raising activities in their communities. Examples of the activities led by the associates include tree-planting, e-waste collection, wildlife conservation, and campaigns to encourage carpooling.ENVIRONMENT POLICY