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Kenya's Safaricom reports drop in carbon emissions


Kenya's leading telecommunication services provider, Safaricom, says it has reduced its carbon emissions significantly over the past year.

Safaricom chief executive officer, Bob Collymore, attributed this to a drop in the usage of diesel-consumed generators, electricity, and refrigerant gases.

He said Safaricom consumed 96,362 megawatts of electricity over the same period, representing a 18.5% drop from the previous year.

The company's sustainable report indicates that it used 5.74 million litres of diesel fuel compared to the previous year’s consumption of 8.42 million litres, giving a 31.77% less diesel used in generators during the period.

This significantly reduced carbon emissions by 12.69%.

In the report the telco further noted that electricity was its largest source of emission, followed by diesel-consuming generators and refrigerant gases.

“This business can no longer thrive without due consideration of issues such as governance and values, innovation and climate change,” said Collymore.

The launch of the report comes amid the country intensifying conservation efforts.

The government has put in place measures that provide guidance on matters of conservation especially on water catchment areas. Individuals, corporate organisations and non-governmental organisations have all partnered under the Green Belt Movement to steer conservation efforts.


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