Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) continues its sustainable journey to reduce its carbon footprint, to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill. This journey entails a wide range of initiatives undertaken by both the organization and the content production houses of its various shows in Mumbai to reduce significant waste production.
SPNI, in collaboration with G.A.M.E (Greening Advertising Media Entertainment), its sustainability consulting partner on this initiative, has collected and diverted over 15,000 Kgs of waste from the landfill in just one month. SPNI aims to achieve a zero environmental footprint by 2050 in an industry-first initiative of adopting green practices through sustainability guidelines issued early last year.
In 2021, the Company began its waste management journey by implementing the ‘avoid, reduce, and recycle waste’ approach to achieve the organization’s goal of zero waste to landfill. Single-use plastic items have been eliminated across the country’s offices and operations through employee education and systemic interventions.
This includes, for example, removing single-use cutlery, plates and bowls, cups, plastic bottles, deskside bin liners, and single-use tissues from restrooms by installing hand dryers. SPNI has deployed a dedicated team to shoot locations to strategize a two-pronged approach and implement a comprehensive waste segregation and recycling program.
Single-use plastic bottles have given way to refillable water bottles, single-use tissues to cloth napkins, single-use batteries to reusable ones, and so on.
For all of its ongoing shows, a carefully crafted waste collection and pickup model has been implemented, ensuring that 100% of the waste generated is collected and sent for recycling at a common registered facility.
While the registered recycler collects all recyclable waste for further recycling, food waste is composted on-site into manure using an industrial-scale organic waste converter (OWC). The remainder of the waste is collected and sent to cement plants for co-processing/energy recovery, preventing it from ending up in a landfill.
“With our focus on achieving zero environmental footprints by 2050, we shifted our Mumbai office to 100% renewable electricity last year, which helped us avoid over 2000 tons of carbon emissions,” said Nitin Nadkarni, Chief Finance Officer & Head – Broadcast Operations and Network Engineering, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI). Our pledge to become a Zero Waste to Landfill organization is another step forward in that journey, as we accelerate our progress by launching newer, more sustainable initiatives to achieve our long-term vision. Our collaboration with G.A.M.E will help us get one step closer to our goal.”