Vodacom has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025

(Agence Ecofin) – More and more companies are committing to contribute to African governments’ energy transition efforts.

Vodacom on Thursday 5 May announced its goal to diversify its energy mix by sourcing energy from renewable sources to power its operations over the next three years.

Our new energy consumption target is one of the many ways we are addressing our own environmental impact, as we understand that South Africa cannot transition to a sustainable, climate-resilient, low-carbon economy if everyone does their part said Takalani Netshitenzhe (pictured), director of external affairs at Vodacom South Africa.

The company intends to solidify its goal of halving its environmental impact by 2025 by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, this commitment must be made in light of the group’s desire to expand its activities in Africa and bring more people together.

While we stand by our goal of connecting Africa’s next 100 million people for a better future, we believe that achieving this goal shouldn’t come at the expense of the environment. added the manager.

This new way by Vodacom is intended to support the government in the energy transition. The company notes that this new commitment aligns with the goals of the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC), launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2020, which is responsible for identifying ways to combat climate change.

This is particularly important for workers in sectors most affected by global warming, such as energy, construction, mining and agriculture. In the transition to a low-carbon economy, we also have a responsibility to leave no one behind says Mrs. Netshitenzhe.

In announcing this new goal of sourcing clean energy for its business, Vodacom joins several other African companies that have committed to either developing clean energy or sourcing clean energy to support governments’ transition efforts. Eskom, the South African public electricity company, recently announced that the Komati coal-fired power plant will be converted to renewable energy.

Abdullah Diop

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