Energy Transition Among the Top 3 Priorities for 73 Percent of Companies: Infosys-HFS Research Study

Published: 15 Mar 2023

Infosys has unveiled the findings of the Energy Transition study conducted in collaboration with HFS Research. The study found that 73 percent of global companies see energy transition among the top 3 organizational priorities and 79 percent of the largest firms (which are valued at over $50bn) expect an increase in energy transition spending over the next 12 to 24 months. Overall, operational performance and efficiency, environmental impact of the business, and brand value are drivers that are making energy transition a priority for organizations.

Infosys and HFS Research surveyed 313 energy transition leaders across geographies and industries for an in-depth perspective on how they are aligning their companies with the global sustainability agenda that is underpinned by the 17 United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals.

The key findings of the study are as follows:

● 94 percent of energy and utilities executives are set to increase their IT spending over the next year; 82 percent expect an increase in spending on energy transition

● 56 percent of organizations see themselves as road mapping or reinventing their business model for energy transition, while the remaining 44% are either waiting for other organizations to lead or for regulations to force them

● 79 percent of the largest ($50bn+) firms expect a significant increase in the importance of the energy transition over the next 12 to 24 months

As part of its long-standing Environmental, Social and Governance commitments, Infosys turned carbon neutral in 2020. This includes leveraging renewables, orchestrating energy efficiencies, and driving unique fully funded, community-based carbon offset projects. Along with creating a partner ecosystem to develop and deploy digitally-enabled solutions for energy transition, Infosys will also leverage Infosys Cobalt, a suite of solutions to help clients accelerate their net zero journey on the cloud.

Josh Matthews, Chief Sustainability Officer and Practice Leader, HFS Research, said, "The energy transition is moving forward, and the biggest firms want to play the systems-changing role we need. But there is so much left to do—both in triggering that systems change and in implementing business models, technologies, and processes. Collaboration will be essential—internally and throughout ecosystems—but needs to find a new level. Senior industry leadership must ultimately drive the energy transition by cascading roadmaps through their organizations. The climate and sustainability emergency means that the energy transition holds a massive opportunity and responsibility for the bravest people and companies."

Infosys and bp have collaborated to create 'Energy-as-a-Service' offering enabled by digital innovation. It is an integrated solution for holistic energy management that can enable energy savings, cost reduction, decarbonization and supply reliability across your business all enabled by an intelligent digital platform.

Sashi Mukundan, President, bp India and Senior Vice President, bp Group, said, "bp and Infosys have brought together their complementary capabilities, products, and services to create an integrated Energy-as-a-Service offering. This strategic collaboration builds on our energy transition goals where we can deliver secure, affordable, lower carbon energy the world increasingly needs, managed by AI/ML based digital platform to drive energy efficiency. With this engagement, we will aim to support our customers in achieving their sustainability goals faster."

Ashiss Kumar Dash, EVP & Global Head - Services, Utilities, Resources and Energy, Infosys, said, "Our collaboration with HFS has resulted in a very informative and eye-opening study which sensitizes the industry to the need for energy transition. In the post-pandemic world, we have witnessed that accelerated digital transformation and adoption of digital platforms are taking precedence among businesses in pursuit of sustainability and net zero emissions. Our dedicated Energy Transition practice is helping companies across energy, utilities and other sectors conceptualize and deploy practical solutions to decarbonize their energy footprint."

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