Zimbabwe’s listed corporates adopt sustainable development initiatives focusing on clean energy production systems

By Wallace Mawire

Mr Canaan Dube, Delta Corporation Limited Chairman
Mr Canaan Dube, Delta Corporation Limited Chairman

Zimbabwe’s listed corporates trading on the country’s leading stock
markets the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) are conforming with
international best practice standards embracing sustainable
development mechanisms as part of their business models.

Some of the leading corporates who are leading in the drive to go
green and embrace clean energy use systems include Delta Corporation
Limited and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited.

According to Delta Corporation in its recent annual report for 2017,
climate change has far reaching consequences for the company’s
business and the communities where they live and work ranging from
water scarcity and energy constraints to reduced food security and
increased health risks.

The company says that its factory emissions, the packaging and trade
refrigeration of beverages all have a significant carbon footprint.
The company says that it strives for a cleaner world where natural
resources are shared and preserved for the future.

As part of its commitment, Delta will work with suppliers,
distributors, retailers, municipalities and consumers to reduce
emissions and waste across its value chain and reuse and recycle waste
and packaging and to conserve water.

According to Mr Canaan Dube, Delta Corporation Limited Chairman in the
recent report, some of the systems the company has put in place
focusing on clean energy solutions include eliminating waste from its
production processes. It is reported that a significant amount of the
waste from the company’s brewing operations is organic material such
as spent grains which are sold to farmers as stock feed.

On reducing supply chain emissions, the production and distribution
processes use significant amounts of fossil fuels and generate Carbon
Dioxide emissions.

“We continue to record and analyse data on the levels of these
emissions for comparison to set benchmarks. There are ongoing
collaborative efforts across the supply chain to implement projects
that reduce carbon dioxide emissions,” according to Mr Dube.

The company is also continuing to replace HFC refrigerants in its
coolers, reducing global warming potential and energy demand. This
also includes use of solar powered and low energy demand equipment.

In a bid to drive efficiency, each production centre at Delta tracks
the usages of water and energy against both internal and international
benchmarks as part of the business key performance indicators. Key
initiatives such as the light-weighting of primary and secondary
packaging, use of light weight trailers, use of natural lighting,
installation of energy management devices and LED lighting. These
initiatives are reported to have resulted in significant progress in
the various energy usage measures.

The group is also spearheading the use of returnable glass bottles
as a trusted and effective way to reduce the environmental impact of
its packaging as they are much more resource efficient than the
one-way packages such as cans and PET.

It is also reported that the growth of the contribution of sorghum
beer packaged in PET has increased the need for sustainable solutions
to reduce litter from used primary packages such as PET and cans.
Delta is working collaboratively with the Environmental Management
Agency (EMA), local authorities and other environmental groups to
intensify the education of consumers on segregation of litter,
placement of litter in bins and general consciousness on a cleaner

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited is another leading corporate in the
drive to promote clean energy use in Zimbabwe.The company says that
environmental and social inclusion is fundamental to all its business
practices in the value chain. The business benchmarks its practices
and performance against local and international statutory requirements
and standards to ensure it remains Zimbabwe’s market leader in the
telecommunications space and social responsibility.

According to Mr Douglas Mboweni, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe CEO, the
business thrives to go beyond mere compliance but focuses on
innovative solutions that promote sustainable growth.

According to the company’s annual report for 2017, the energy
consumption decreased due to a decline in power outages and the
improved optimization processes.

“This resulted in 12% reduction in energy costs for the year.Going
forward the business is working on further improvements on energy
management which include hybrid systems and solar base station
solutions,” Mboweni said.

He said that the decrease in energy consumption translated into a
reduction in the carbon footprint levels.

Some of the initiatives being spearheaded by the company for a cleaner
environment include network optimization to improve efficiencies and
also reduce generator run time, changing lighting equipment in the
business to energy efficient lighting (LED) in most sites and
promoting teleconferencing meetings to reduce fuel usage and related

The company is also focusing on integrated waste management systems
in line with best practices aimed at ensuring efficiencies in resource
utilization, legal compliance and environmental management.

It is reported that the effort has seen collaboration between
Econet, EMA and city authorities to provide receptacles. The company
has committed to the donation of 1 000 bins to the city of Harare
which will ensure accessibility of receptacles in greater Harare to
minimize littering.

The company has also entered into arrangement with companies for
waste recycling to ensure proper waste disposal. During 2017, the
company shipped 360 tonnes of obsolete telecommunication equipment
back to the suppliers for safe disposal under the Obsolete Equipment
Take Back Programme. It also reported that efforts are being made to
reduce physical recharge card litter by encouraging customers to
utilize electronic recharging and EcoCash. Electronic recharge levels
are reported to have reached 41%.

In the 2017/2018 financial year, the company is focusing on
improving sustainability reporting.it also plans to promote
partnerships with other corporate entities to manage e-waste, waste
segregrations and recycling across the business.

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