In a move to reduce Green House Gas emissions, Safaricom has committed to promote the use of renewable energy to align to the historic climate change agreement stuck in Paris between 195 countries to avoid catastrophic climate change by limiting warming to 1.5C to 2C.
The telco has said this week, it will carry out Environmental management awareness and training across their various offices. The current scientific consensus is that global carbon emissions need to be reduced by 80% by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change.
‘This is not just a commitment on paper but one that we fully intend to follow through by implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in our network and facilities,” said Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom.
According to its latest Sustainability report, Safaricom achieved its target of reducing the cost of energy consumption by 10% and decreased overall carbon footprint by 18%.
The report attributes the reduction to replacement and upgrade of aging Base Transmission Station infrastructure, implementation of various energy efficiency initiatives and more accurate data collection.
Safaricom also recently joined several other companies associated with the B team to announce their aspiration to aim for net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050. The B team is an initiative formed by a global group of business leaders led by Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson to catalyze a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet.
“As a global community, the longer we delay making the required sustainability commitments and changes, the bigger the potential losses we face and the more radically our lives will be altered in the near future. We are committed to practicing what we preach that is why we are aspiring to be a ‘Net-Zero by 2050’ company” added Mr. Collymore.
Safaricom becomes the first company in the region to commit to the ‘Net-Zero by 2050’ aspiration.