Profile: Infosys - fostering resilience through digital
Offering a comprehensive suite of digitally-aware services for practically every major industry, Infosys is a partner for navigating digital tech.
Currently helping SSE Energy progress to new areas of digital development that will directly benefit its customers, Infosys has a close working relationship with SSE and always seeks out ways to excel in its services. The level of its commitment goes beyond standard collaboration and is synergistic to a degree of true partnership.
Infosys is currently enabling the digital transformation journey of clients in 46 countries; the company possesses over 38 years of experience and serves 1,411 customers via over 242,000 well-trained employees.
Recognised last year by being placed in the top three of Forbes’ ‘World’s Best Regarded Companies’ list, Infosys is truly a leader in its field.
Congratulating each and every one of the workers who uphold Infosys’ values across its global enterprise, Salil Parekh, CEO, stated, “This recognition is a testimony of our long lasting values and continuous pursuit of excellence towards making our clients successful.”
A partner for digital
The company’s services can be broken down into five broad categories:
- Experience: Digital marketing, digital commerce, digital interactions and digital workplace services.
- Insight: AI & automation and data analytics.
- Innovate: Blockchain, engineering services and internet of things (IoT).
- Accelerate: Agile & DevOps, cloud, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce, digital supply chain and more.
- Assure: Cybersecurity and testing.
In addition, the company offers a variety of platforms to suit a diverse range of needs, including:
- Finacle: an industry-leading digital banking solution developed by EdgeVerve Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Infosys, which empowers customers with a seamless experience and insight-driven interactions.
- Nia: a tool to simplify the AI journey and provide industrial automation deployment to accelerate efficiency and positive business outcomes.
- Wingspan: providing insights, learning and talent transformation to maximise employee potential.
Finding solutions to problems
A company which keeps up with the latest challenges in the market and thinks of practical solutions, Infosys’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that this attitude also extends to society’s problems too:
“Infosys Foundation has always supported the needs of the country in difficult situations and we will continue to work with governments, non-profits, and healthcare institutions in their fight against this global pandemic,” said Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation.
“All our efforts will be targeted towards ensuring that the relief material reaches the people who need it the most, whether it is a patient who cannot afford treatment, our healthcare personnel, or daily-wage workers whose livelihood has been severely impacted.”
Parekh concluded by adding that combatting COVID-19 would require strong leadership and collaboration around the world, urging everyone to do there part in its resolution.
“At such a time, it is imperative for businesses to join hands with the governments, civil society, as well as healthcare institutions to support the communities we live and serve in. Infosys Foundations, both in India and in the USA, are extending their resources and technological capabilities to help people who are most impacted by this pandemic.”
Mirico Cloud identifies emission changes
Mirico is extending its gas measurement services with the launch of Mirico Cloud for the oil and gas industry.
The platform lets customers detect and quantify gas emissions across multiple oil and gas sites, and quickly fix issues causing changes in emissions. Customers can be contacted by SMS or email for alerts if a new emission is above a certain size, or about an existing known emission that has started to grow.
Customisable dashboards can show average emissions over the last 24 hours or how emissions vary by asset type.
"It's great to be able to broaden the service we provide our customers," said Dr Linda Bell, CEO of Mirico. "We really feel this is a big step forward in helping the oil & gas industry to quickly identify emission issues at scale and ultimately help them in their goals to reach net zero."
The industry remains under intense pressure to deliver on emission targets. Achieving 50% lower emissions by 2030 will require either full electrification of the West of Shetland and Central North Sea or earlier-than-expected field cessations, according to Wood Mackenzie.
In 2018 the UK produced 451 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) of greenhouse gas emissions. Around 3% of this total is direct emissions from oil and gas activity on the UK Continental Shelf. Energy generation, mainly from fossil fuels, produced 23% of emissions, and the transport industry accounted for a further 28%, mostly from the use of oil-based products.
The North Sea Transition deal has four key pillars:
- Supply decarbonisation reduce emissions from oil and gas production by 50% by 2030
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS) target 10 Mtpa of carbon capture by 2030
- Hydrogen deliver 5 GW of low-carbon hydrogen capacity by 2030
- Supply chain/people deliver investment of £14-16 billion into low-carbon technology by 2030
Methane in the spotlight, a busy 48 hours for bp and JPMorgan releases carbon reduction targets
Institutional investors with a collective $5.35 trillion in assets are calling on the Biden administration to get tougher about methane emissions as it seeks to address climate change. "Any credible pathway for the use of natural gas in a Paris-aligned future must address methane emissions," it states.
Cutting human-caused methane by 45% this decade would keep warming beneath a threshold agreed by world leaders, according to the UN Environment Programme. Such reductions would avoid nearly 0.3°C of global warming by 2045 and would be consistent with keeping the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal, to limit global temperature rises to 1.5˚C, within reach.
bp and CEMEX will work together on accelerating the progress of the latter's 2050 ambition to deliver net zero CO2 concrete globally. Around 70% of global emissions come from transport, industry and energy and cement making is energy intensive. Last week bp and renewable energy supplier Pure Planet forged a partnership to launch a new digital energy service that will support households, EV drivers and energy consumers in the UK.
Hot on the heels of the CEMEX announcement, bp shareholders rejected a plan that would have forced the company to strengthen its climate commitments in an AGM poll, with only 20.65% pledging support. "We will continue to engage with shareholders on our strategy, targets and aims so as to ensure their views are fully understood," it stated. One of the challenges is that there is no single metric that measures Paris consistency, according to chief executive Bernard Looney.
JPMorgan Chase yesterday released comprehensive steps it is taking in its efforts to align its financing activities with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, publishing 2030 carbon intensity targets for the Oil & Gas, Electric Power and Auto Manufacturing sectors. It also released its new Carbon Compass methodology that describes how the firm set its targets and how it will monitor progress over time, and unveiled a Center for Carbon Transition.
“There must be collective ambition and cooperation by business and government to tackle climate change,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. "Setting our Paris-aligned targets is an important step toward accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. JPMorgan Chase is committed to doing its part by working with clients around the world to reduce emissions and by ensuring our own operations remain carbon neutral."