More than 13,331 companies across the world have signed to the United Nations Global Compact, a voluntary initiative to implement sustainability principles.
The principles put in print ambitions to make the world a better place by producing and growing wealth in a way that does less damage to the world.
One of these ways is through using cleaner, renewable energy instead of fossil fuels and to create a transformative shift in the way homes, businesses and infrastructure are powered.
According to a recent report titled Statistical Review of World Energy by BP, the share of renewable sources now stands at about five percent of primary energy. If all non-CO2-emitting sources – renewables, hydro and nuclear – were included, that figure would be at 16 percent.
The burning of fossil fuels accounts for about 80 percent of the emissions that cause global warming. And whilst the push for renewable energy certainly has its benefits, there remains a wide range of obstacles in the way of their large-scale development and implementation.
As the world celebrated World Environment Day, the Safaricom Newsroom sought out Michael Koech who is in charge of Environment and climate change at Safaricom and Dr. George Njenga the Executive dean of Strathmore University Business School to discuss the matter.
Safaricom is one of the thousands of companies that have signed up to the UN Global Compact, making it mandatory for it to report, annually, on the extent to which it has gone about fulfilling its promises on sustainability.
Michael and George agree that changing how the energy systems that power and sustain infrastructure and discuss how the telecommunications industry can support the restoration of the environment and the fight against climate change.
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