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Through improvement and sustainable technological innovation, Naspers strives to create solutions that minimise its impact on the environment.
HOW WE DO THIS
The largest contributor to direct emissions remains electricity. Given that the primary source of electricity in South Africa is coal, which has a higher emission rate, electricity accounts for 100% of scope 2 emissions (95% of total emissions).
Continuous supply of good quality electricity is vital to the continuity of our operations. The group installed generators at some facilities to ensure continuous supply of electricity, hence mitigating the risk of disruptions.
The gross carbon footprint (scope 1 and 2) is 141 081 (2010: 129 760) tonnes of CO2e. The group measured direct emissions at some 12 locations across South Africa and will focus on refining the process of collecting complete sets of data in the coming year. The printing operations contribute 59% to the total carbon emissions of the group.
During the past year our usage of electricity decreased by 9%, whilst the GHG emission factor for electricity increased by 10%.
In MultiChoice and Media24, a number of Think Green initiatives have been implemented to reduce our carbon footprint and support the sustainability campaign.
Energy-efficiency initiatives introduced in the past year include:
Paarl Media was the first African printing organisation to receive the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification. This is an independent international verification that printed products can be traced back from their point of origin to responsible, well-managed forestry, controlled and recycled sources.
Paarl Media offers clients a range of environmentally sustainable paper, leading the South African print industry in recognising the impact of print-production processes on natural resources and implementing practices to eliminate emissions. The Paarl Media group focuses on reduction and recycles all paper not sold as part of the printed product to Mondi. Equipment in the upgraded Paarl Media Cape plant ensures that dust particles from the printing process are collected and recycled.
Media24 produces mainly books, magazines and newspapers. It recycles all unsold magazines and newspapers. It uses its magazines and newspapers as platforms to educate readers about lowering their impact on the environment.
Contributions are also made in companies where we have minority stakes. Tencent’s Volunteers’ Association, with over 1 000 employees, has held numerous tree-planting activities to build Tencent Green Forests in the past five years. Tencent volunteers have planted over 1 000 trees.
The environmental impact of our international businesses is limited mainly to the use of electricity.