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MTN Unveils Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Emissions in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria, Nigeria’s largest technology company has unveiled its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with energy efficient and clean energy technologies.

The ICT giant revealed its partnership with a renewable energy Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme to deploy a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) power plan to supply both its corporate office, MTN Plaza and main data centre in Ikoyi in its 2023 climate change report.

According to the report, the power plant’s connection to the facilities through an underground cable ensures reliability in the case that grid power becomes unavailable.

Worldwide, government bodies as well as multinationals have pushed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming.

In 2012, a framework tagged National Climate Change Policy and Response Strategy was designed to guide Nigeria’s climate change actions to steer the country towards sustainable development, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing Nigeria’s resilience to climate change impacts.

More recently, in 2021, the Climate Change bill was signed into law by then President Muhammadu Buhari to provide Nigeria with a legal framework for the country to achieve its climate goals and achieve long-term social and economic sustainability, and resilience.

Through its ambitious green energy project, MTN revealed in its climate change report that it has reduced its overall energy costs by more than N570 million. It says this was achieved by using three 1.1 megawatt (MW) gas generators to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions which in turn lowered energy costs.

Speaking on the MTN Nigeria’s investments in clean energy, Karl Toriola, CEO of MTN Nigeria, stated, “Our commitment to Nigeria goes beyond connectivity. We recognize the environmental challenges our nation faces, and we’re dedicated to being part of the solution.

“Our investments in sustainable energy and infrastructure are not just good for business; they’re essential for the future of Nigeria.”

MTN Nigeria’s net zero emissions target is part of MTN Group’s Project Zero which focuses on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions across its footprints, thus enhancing operational efficiency.

The company aims to do this by reducing energy usage, substituting non-green energy sources, and investing in certified climate protection projects with high environmental and social standards to offset the emissions that cannot be avoided.

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