BY BAMIDELE FAMOOFO
Africa’s largest private power business, Sahara Power Group has released the second edition of Gree’n’lectric, an e-zine dedicated to promoting clean energy and environmental responsibility in the continent’s power sector.
SPG, a Sahara Group company comprising Egbin Power, First Independent Power Limited and Ikeja Electric, has been at the forefront of driving sustainable practices in the energy industry. Gree’n’lectric e-zine is an extension of this commitment, showcasing the group’s continuous dedication to implementing green initiatives that pave the way for a cleaner and greener future,” said Ejiro Gray, Director, Governance and Sustainability at Sahara Group.
Gray said in the pursuit of reducing its carbon footprint, FIPL, designed a remarkable journey manager app.
“The app’s goal is to digitally track movements that require the use of company vehicles, thereby reducing unnecessary vehicle usage and promoting more efficient transportation practices,” she added.
The Gree’n’lectric e-zine also features Egbin Power, a nature conservation project in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Fund.
“Covering an expanse of at least 10 hectares, the project aims to foster regeneration, recovery, and remediation for enhanced carbon absorption and sustainable ecological balance,” Gray stated.
The current edition also highlights Ikeja Electric’s “Trash to Treasure Initiative”, a proactive focus on recycling waste items as an Extended Consumer Responsibility, converting waste into valuable materials and promoting responsible practices aligned with SDG13 – climate action.
Gray said the e-zine also features in-depth insights into recent sustainability projects across SPG’s entities, technological advancements, and collaborative efforts with stakeholders, all aimed at creating a positive and lasting impact on the environment.
Speaking on the publication, Egbin Power CEO, Mokhtar Bounour said: “Gree’n’lectric e-zine serves as a reference point for us to continuously stimulate sustainable initiatives in our operations, because the Sahara family is a forward-thinking group of organizations that align with the global agenda for sustainability. At Egbin, we think globally and act locally. That is why our sustainability roadmap is well-defined, while we complement it with deliberate action plans.”
According to the CEO, Ikeja Electric, Folake Soetan, the leading distribution company will continue to champion the campaign on clean and sustainable energy geared towards improving the quality of lives and businesses in line with Sahara Group’s commitment to bringing energy to life responsibly.
She said, “Our creative product offering like the bilateral power agreement model is running well in over 16 estates across Ikeja Electric’s network under which we are able to guarantee a minimum of 20hrs power supply. This alone has resulted in steep decline in the use of generators that usually would run on fossil fuel and also contribute harmful fumes to the atmosphere.
“We believe in what would drive clean and sustainable energy in the future, hence adopting technologies in our daily operations which have helped automate manual processes. Ikeja Electric introduced the electronic billing system which was the first in the history of the Nigerian power sector. This eliminated the use of paper in our billing cycle and the impact is huge, she said.
The CEO of FIPL, Kenechukwu Nwangwu said, “We are proud to be part of Sahara Power Group’s continued efforts to drive sustainability in Africa. Our remarkable programs and innovations showcase our dedication to implementing green initiatives within our operations and we believe that through such technological advancements and collaborative projects, we can make a positive and lasting impact on the environment while contributing to the global efforts towards net zero emission and green energy.”
Gree’n’lectric e-zine, a 100 percent digital publication, serves as a compendium of SPG’s remarkable sustainability milestones in the power sector.
The publication made its debut on June 24, 2022, enabling stakeholders across the globe to learn about SPG’s sustainability journey, and possibly foster more collaborative efforts towards realizing the quest of reducing carbon footprint in the power sector.