2019 Sustainable Business Report

SAFARICOM SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS REPORT 2019 INTRODUCTION OUR BUSINESS OUR MATERIAL TOPICS STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT CONCLUDING REMARKS 40 MANAGING OUR EMISSIONS Our Scope 1 emissions reduced by 8.3 per cent as a result of the decrease in diesel use, despite increase in the number of sites. This is attributed to the use Fuel Management System (FMS), energy efficient devices and renewable energy solutions. Scope 2 emissions increased by around 12.6 per cent, nonetheless, because of the continued expansion of our network and the accelerated connection of national grid electricity to new sites (instead of being powered by diesel generators). Our Scope 3 emissions also increased slightly from 3,814 tonnes in FY18 to 5,818 tonnes in FY19. NET-ZERO 2050 ACTION PLAN Our aspiration is to be carbon-neutral in terms of tCO 2 emissions by 2050. We have calculated that, with existing technology, the minimum Scope 1 and 2 emissions of which the company will be capable by 2050 are equivalent to 26 per cent of current levels. In the next financial year we look forward to setting our scope 3 targets which account for 8.9 per cent of our total emissions. This gives us opportunity to rally our top suppliers to also take action on climate by setting science- based targets for their respective organisations. We may not be able to reduce our carbon footprint to zero in the medium term, so what cannot be eliminated must be offset. We have partnered with Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to plant a forest of one million indigenous trees over five years. The project is expected to offset over 300,000 tonnes of carbon once the trees have grown to maturity. In time, additional benefits from the forestation project will include providing jobs and stimulating economic growth in the local community, generating income from sales of tree seedlings, eco-tourism and beekeeping. STAFF CARBON-FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR In February 2019, we piloted a tool among selected staff that allows employees to calculate and assess their personal “carbon footprint”; i.e. the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of their individual activities. This tool raises awareness and encourages individual and collective responsibility in reducing carbon emissions. In the next financial year we plan to expand the pilot to involve more employees. In the year under review, we continued running awareness and training programmes aimed at preparing our staff to use less while achieving more. More than 50 champions of SDG 12 now engage their peers in a cultural shift towards responsible consumption and production. FY16 FY18 FY17 FY19 0 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 60,000 70,000 80,000 79,781 60,199 63,685 65,708 50,000 Co 2 e Emissions (tCO 2 e) Financial Year Carbon Footprint Scope 1: direct emissions from fuels, gases, company-owned vehicles, fuels used at BTS stations, refrigerants and fugitive gases Total Scope 2: indirect emissions from electricity generation and use Scope 3: indirect emissions within the value chain, mostly travel-related