IIM Lucknow Charts Path to Net Zero with First-Ever Sustainability Report

Report Details Environmental Impact, Paves Way for Targeted Reduction Initiatives

In a move demonstrating its commitment to environmental responsibility, the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIML) has released its first-ever comprehensive environmental sustainability report. The report, prepared by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), sheds light on resource consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across both its Lucknow and Noida campuses.

This initiative marks a significant step for IIML, not just in understanding its environmental footprint, but also in setting a strong example for integrating sustainability into business education. The report serves as a crucial foundation for identifying areas where the institute can further reduce its ecological impact.

The assessment, led by professors Kaushik Ranjan Bandyopadhyay and Dipti Gupta at the Centre for Business Sustainability (CBS), employed a comprehensive approach, encompassing data analysis, surveys, and on-site evaluations. Key areas examined included energy consumption, carbon sequestration potential, waste generation and management, water usage, biodiversity, and the effectiveness of existing conservation efforts.

“This report represents a critical step towards internalizing sustainability concerns and demonstrating our commitment to a Net Zero future,” said Prof. Bandyopadhyay, Chairperson of CBS at IIML. “Very few higher education institutions globally have been able to achieve this level of commitment.”

The report highlights several positive practices already in place at IIML. The institute prioritizes planting native trees, which significantly offset emissions. The Lucknow campus utilizes rooftop solar panels, reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Additionally, electric golf carts promote sustainable mobility, and wastewater treatment facilities support on-campus landscaping.

“Sustainability assessment reports provide a vital roadmap for progress,” explained Prof. Gupta. “By understanding our current environmental impact, we can develop targeted strategies and policies to create a more sustainable future.”

Looking ahead, IIML plans to leverage this report to implement impactful initiatives that further minimize its environmental footprint. The institute remains dedicated to fostering a culture of environmental stewardship within its academic community and beyond, inspiring positive change for a sustainable future.