That's why we have a comprehensive sustainability strategy, as part of the e& group, which guides our operations & decision-making processes. At the heart of this are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations & the UAE’s National Energy Strategy 2050.
Under the umbrella of e&, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact by minimising our carbon footprint & promoting sustainable practices throughout our supply chain. With pragmatic cooperation, we aim to achieve net zero in Scope 1 & Scope 2 emissions, for all UAE operations by 2030, in alignment with the UAE’s National Energy Strategy 2050 of building a sustainable & prosperous nation. Two significant aspects of this are: achieving an energy mix where 50% of the energy will be derived through green sources & reducing the energy demand by 40%.
We also prioritise social sustainability by supporting our employees, investing in the communities where we operate, & promoting diversity & inclusion as part of the e& group. One great example is our ‘Green Fridays’ initiative, where employees work from home which helps towards reducing energy consumption & carbon emissions.
We strive for economic sustainability by creating value for our stakeholders & contributing to the economic development of our regions by creating automated, efficient, & digitally transformative societies & organisations. The solutions we deploy for our customers, which are all focused on sustainability initiatives & contibutions, are part of this.
In addition to this, as a company, we are committed to the sustainability mission across the following three scopes, which are commonly defined by the industry .
Reduction of in-house emissions: every industry generates a certain amount of greenhouse emissions. In the case of a telecom operator, this comes from exchanges, data centres & the overall infrastructure that is managed & operated by us.
Managing sources of power: another critical area to focus on is the source of the power that runs this infrastructure & assets. By having the ability to source & buy power from green sources, we can reduce energy dependency & greenhouse emissions.
Efficient management of the supply chain: ensuring that our supply chains are efficient & sustainable right from manufacturing to transportation is an important focus area.
Setting measures into place across each of these layers puts us on the path to achieving the ambitious target of Net Zero & gives us the ability to focus on sustainability at a ground-level across every department.
As e&, we have set an ambitious goal of achieving Net Zero in operations across Scope One & Scope Two.
Most companies will require compliance to government regulations around the adoption of clean energy & energy efficiency with the need to share their sustainability credentials. We support customers to help them stay compliant to these regulations.
To maintain corporate value & access financing, customers need to have an evidence-based, successful sustainability practice, wherein they need have sustainability embedded across the value-chain.
Procurement agencies are adding sustainability as an additional measure of Sustainability, to the technical & commercial components when deciding which company to partner with, which is a defining factor for customers to survive in a highly competitive market.
From energy costs to operational costs, an important driver to sustainability is reduction of costs, & we work closely with our customers to help them achieve this.
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