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Safaricom Sustainability Report 2016





Environmental Impact Assessments




Environmental Audits




The hike in the number of EIAs conducted during the year, from 260 in

the previous year to 463 during the period under review, reflects the

increased deployment of small cell BTS sites throughout our network.

Likewise, the increase in EAs conducted during the year reflects our

decision to audit our older BTS sites (those built in 2008 and 2009) to

measure our compliance levels.

Slow progress in water and waste management

One of our ongoing objectives is to make our facilities as environmentally

friendly and efficient as possible. Last year, we commissioned an

independent assessment of the water footprint and carried out an

internal audit of the solid waste streams of our main facilities (Safaricom

House, the Jambo Contact Centre and the Safaricom Care Centre).

Although both the assessment and audit have been completed, we

have yet to set target based upon its recommendations as our data

collection remains incomplete; for instance, we still need to segregate

and measure waste streams.

We have made some progress, nonetheless, the water piping system

was repaired to reduce water leakages and daily monitoring of water

was also started (in place of monthly readings), which is helping us

to understand consumption patterns and to identify abnormalities

that require immediate attention. We plan to implement the

recommendations of the audit and assessment in the year ahead.

Looking ahead

One of our key focuses in the year ahead will be on the implications

of the new international climate agreement made at COP21 in Paris

late last year. We are planning to launch several internal and external

initiatives in response. Internally, we plan to develop and implement a

renewable energy and climate change policy to guide our initiatives

and responses. The focus will be on finding ways to further reduce our

carbon footprint primarily and, externally, we will seek to partner with

likeminded organisations and help to provide thought leadership and

raise awareness of this important issue within the region.

Last year, Safaricom also 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 to catalyse a better way of doing

business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet. For successful

implementation and ownership, we will carry out environment and

energy management awareness and training across the business.



Deliver 2 water conservation

awareness campaigns and

reduce our water consumption

by 10%.


Achieve 100% compliance

to NEMA water pollution

standards and successfully

implement the solid waste

management programme.


Reduce our carbon load and

energy consumption by 10%.


Grow our community-based

renewable energy projects

from 320,000 to 500,000