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Can corporate entities be environmentally responsible? At Bangalore's Tesco HSC, every employee contributes to reduce wastage and pollution, with simple things like switching off unused lights and appliances, turning off taps properly, and avoiding plastic and overuse of paper.

BANGALORE: Can corporate entities be environmentally responsible? At Bangalore's Tesco HSC, every employee contributes to reduce wastage and pollution, with simple things like switching off unused lights and appliances, turning off taps properly, and avoiding plastic and overuse of paper.

They also encourage their employees to use shared transport, with over 400 of their employees participating in the carpool system today.

In fact, employees have the option of commuting by company transport, for which a bus shelter was made, using 90 per cent recycled material.

Smart energy initiatives at Tesco HSC have resulted in saving nearly 160000 kWh of energy; for instance, they’ve reduced the consumption of energy for lighting by 50 per cent by using LED lighting, and have saved nearly 73, 00,000 litres of water annually by using aerators in taps.

Their 15-acre campus is covered with greenery, and is home to two underground storage tanks, of 200 kilolitres capacity each, that collect surface runoff as well as rooftop water.

This rainwater harvesting initiative significantly reduces the company’s dependence on water from borewells or KIADB tankers.

“This will also reduce freshwater consumption to a great extent,” says a spokesperson for Tesco, “and help replenish the water table.”

Other green projects on the campus include the generation of 400 kilowatts worth of solar-powered energy, and an experimental project that uses the natural cool evening air for indoor air cooling.