Vodacom ups sustainability goals with UN

first_img Torching of MTN, Vodacom towers linked to 5G claims Related Home Vodacom ups sustainability goals with UN Mobile industry reaches climate action breakthrough Author Tags Vodacom Group renewed its commitment to achieving targets set in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, alongside a broader collaboration involving the UN Global Compact (UNGC) initiative.In a statement, the operator noted Covid-19 (coronavirus) had slowed progress on the SDGs, but reiterated its aim to contribute towards programmes to improve health, well-being, education and gender equality.The SDGs are an element in the UNGC initiative. The programme aims to create a global platform of corporate sustainability which Takalani Netshitenzhe, Vodacom South Africa’s chief officer of external affairs, explained covers principles on “human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption”.She added membership complemented Vodacom’s “social contract”, and boosted its efforts “to improve the lives of the next 100 million customers and halve our environmental impact by 2025”.On SDG progress, the operator highlighted efforts made during lockdowns to provide connectivity services and devices to health workers, inform customers, provide access to Covid-19 testing and medical consultations, and deliver free education resources.Last week, Nokia signed a UN pledge to boost efforts in creating technology to solve societal issues. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more SDGsUnited NationsVodacom AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 OCT 2020 Previous ArticleNokia reaches 5G deal milestoneNext ArticleCzech Republic set to move on delayed 5G auction MTN, Vodafone still standing in Ethiopia contest Yanitsa Boyadzhieva last_img read more

Soventix begins work on the first 30 MW phase of a PV project in the Dominican Republic

first_imgSoventix begins work on the first 30 MW phase of a PV project in the Dominican RepublicThis will be by far the largest solar project in the island nation, which remains dependent upon imported oil and gas. September 3, 2015 Blanca Díaz López Installations Markets Markets & Policy Share On Wednesday the government of the Dominican Republic celebrated the beginning of work on a 30 MW solar project by Germany’s Soventix in the province of Monte Plata. The full project will consist of two stages, each 30 MW.Soventix plans to put this first 30 MW stage into operation in February 2016. The project consists of 120,000 PV modules and 1000 inverters, each 30 kW in capacity.The project will allow savings of an estimated US$250 million in imported fossil fuels. Like many island nations, electricity generation in the Dominican Republic is highly dependent upon imported oil and gas, which results in high and unpredictable prices.The governments of Taiwan and The Netherlands provided assistance for the project, and a ceremony for the beginning of work was attended by Dutch and Tiawanese ambassadors. This ceremony was led by Dominican Vice-Minister of Energy Ernesto Vilalta.To date few megawatt-scale solar projects have been built in the Dominican Republic. Among the larger projects in the nation are a 1.5 MW project in the El Ciabao Airport and a 1.5 MW project which provides electricity to cement maker Cemex.However, other island nations in the Caribbean have been rapidly adopting solar PV. According to the latest report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Guadeloupe, Martinique and Puerto Rico had each installed at least 60 MW of solar PV by the end of 2014.Translation and additional reporting by Christian RoselundThis content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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