The company is committed to carbon neutrality and invests in solar energy | The Guardian Nigeria News
Nigerian consumer goods company, British American Tobacco (BAT) Nigeria, has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling climate change and environmental management issues, while ensuring strong corporate governance throughout its operations.
The group said so in a post to mark this year’s World Environment Day (WED) in Lagos. The company also highlighted some of its achievements and plans in the areas of waste and water management, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and transitioning to renewable energy sources in its operations. .
Specifically, the company took the opportunity to announce that it is implementing a one MW solar panel renewable energy solution (without battery backup storage) that will complement the existing supply powered by a gas engine at its plant in Ibadan.
The project will include the installation of 1,900 pole panels, generating a cumulative energy of 1,400,000 KWh per year, or approximately 6% of the plant’s annual energy needs, which will be injected directly into the company’s energy mix.
To achieve this, the company is making a significant investment of around £1m over the next two years on the project, which will reduce its carbon emissions by the equivalent of 992 tonnes per year, bringing the company closer of its goal of 100% renewable energy. source of energy and carbon neutrality by 2030.
Speaking about the project, BAT West and Central Africa Regional Director, Yarub Al-Bahrani, said, “BAT Nigeria’s sustainability program is an integral part of our evolved group strategy and reflects our commitment to reducing the impact of our business on health. This is underpinned by the excellence of our other environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities. We are committed to reducing our climate impact, taking care of biodiversity and rethinking our consumption patterns.
In the meantime, the company has achieved a 23.7% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions, compared to the 2017 baseline, among a number of other achievements, including 100% recycling of waste generated at the Ibadan plant with zero waste sent to landfill, 26.2% reduction in water drawn and 4% recycled water, as well as ISO140012015 environmental certification for the Ibadan plant and others.
Director of External Affairs, BAT West and Central Africa, Odiri Erewa-Meggison said: reiterated the need for humanity to live sustainably in harmony with nature. We are proud of accomplishments and committed to new ways to reduce our use of resources, preserve the natural environment, improve the lives of farmers and communities, and maintain strong corporate governance standards.