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Safaricom Sustainability Report 2016


Managing our emissions

The current scientific consensus is that global carbon

emissions need to be reduced by 80% by 2050 to avoid

catastrophic climate change and we are committed

to being a responsible corporate citizen and visibly

monitoring, reporting and reducing our carbon footprint to

help meet this target. We have calculated and published

our carbon footprint for the fifth time this year.

As the preceding table shows, our overall footprint has

increased to 67,760 tCO2e this year, up from 61,452 tCO2e

in FY15. The overall increase is a result of a significant rise

in our ‘scope 1’ emissions, which is primarily a reflection

of the dramatic escalation of diesel consumed in our

generators and the fact that we have included fire

extinguisher-related data on CO2 and FM 200 (HFC 227ea)

in our fugitive emissions for the first time ; however, we

have made a significant improvement in reducing our

carbon intensity, considering the growth in the network

footprint (12% in 2G, 30% in 3G), as well as traffic growth

(approximately 15% in voice and over 100% in data). While

our total carbon emissions have increased since FY15,

our carbon intensity per GB of data has decreased by 48%

since FY15 (2kg of CO2e per GB). We will continue to ensure

our carbon intensity decreases as our network and traffic


FY16 FY15 FY14

Carbon Intensity rate (Kg of CO2e per GB)




% change in carbon intensity



Embedding our Environmental Management System

Much of our work this year was focused on refining and embedding the systems and processes that have been put in place

in the last two reporting periods.

A major milestone for us, for instance, was achieving ISO 14001 certification for our Environmental Management System

(EMS) in the previous reporting period and so the focus this year was on making sure that EMS and ISO 14001 (Environmental

Management) programmes become part of the day-to-day operations of the company.

To achieve this goal, we initiated formal awareness and training sessions with employees and contractors, as well as

distributed messages and videos through the

Safaricom Daily Connect

email newsletter. The objective of the awareness

sessions was to make our environmental policies and programmes relevant to employees and to explain their individual and

collective roles in this regard.

In order to support our new strategic goal of operational excellence, we also worked on an integrated ISO Management

System during the year. The system is designed to consolidate all of the ISO standards-based systems that Safaricom has

employed — including ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), ISO 27001 (Information

Security) and ISO 22301 (Business Continuity) — with the intention of ensuring we apply a common approach to all of these

areas and build synergies between the various systems.

Auditing the impact of our network

As part of our monitoring and evaluation of our environmental impact, we continued to undertake Environmental Impact

Assessments (EIAs) of our infrastructural developments, such as new Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) and fibre optic networks,

and Environmental Audits (EAs) of our existing infrastructure as required by NEMA.

















Scope 1 Emissions

Scope 2 Emissions

Scope 3 Emissions

Total Emissions

For more detailed information

regarding the methodology/

guidelines and processes we use

to calculate our emissions, please

see the About our reporting

Appendix to this report, which

has been published online at