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airtel’s Green Kigali project scores big on Environment with Fuel cutback

  • Since the implementation of the Green Kigali project, airtel Rwanda has been able to achieve an 85% reduction in diesel usage.
  • The Green Kigali project will reduce airtel's greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Diesel is commonly used in the telecom industry due to the low penetration of electricity in rural areas.

Nairobi/Kigali, 25 October 2013 – Bharti airtel ("airtel"), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, is set to reduce its carbon footprint in Rwanda through the implementation of the Green Kigali project.

The Green Kigali project, which leverages the use of green technology, reduces greenhouse gas emissions within airtel. Since the inception of the initiative in July 2013, airtel Rwanda has been able to achieve an 85% reduction in diesel usage.

"airtel's vision for Rwanda stretches beyond the usual business priorities", explains airtel Rwanda Country Head, Marcellin Paluku. "Our objective in Rwanda is to work closely with the Government and we would like to acknowledge the support and co-operation of the Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA). The successful implementation of our Green Kigali project will enable airtel benefit in terms of fuel savings. In the long run, these savings translate into maintaining cost effective services whilst promoting environmental consciousness."

Mr. Paluku adds: "Government also benefits from the Green Kigali project. Reduction of diesel consumption will contribute towards managing the importation burden." Due to the poor penetration of electricity in rural areas, the use of diesel is quite common within the telecommunications industry in Africa. By going green, airtel also aims at setting a benchmark for the telecom sector.

In 2012, airtel Africa won the Best Cost Efficiency Initiative Award at the Africa Com Awards held in Cape Town, South Africa. The telecommunications company has put reduction of fossilized fuel at the heart of its strategy. This means that no site of the company will rely solely on diesel power 24 hours a day.