Environment and Climate Change

Our impact at a glance

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We aim to continuously reduce the environmental impact of our operations and protect the environment by investing in more renewable energy sources, such as solar and hybrid power systems, with a focus on leadingedge engineering and operational excellence while raising awareness of environmental issues.

In 2022, we made significant progress to further promote environmental protection. Our efforts contribute to SDG7, focused on affordable and clean energy, SDG 8, focused on decent work and economic growth, and SDG13, to limit and adapt to climate change.

To guide our actions, we conducted a comprehensive assessment to identify stakeholders’ environmental priorities. The assessment helped us to identify three key areas of interest: energy efficiency, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and waste management. We then selected and implemented sustainability projects which we believed would have a positive impact on local communities.

In collaboration with our stakeholders, we launched a clean air campaign through media channels to address the issue of emissions into the air. We also organized a ‘trash-for-cash’ initiative in select host communities, educating residents about recycling and proper waste sorting and disposal methods.

To promote energy efficiency, we established an Energy Hub in Lagos. This hub provides an affordable and well-equipped space for entrepreneurs to develop innovative ideas and solutions that contribute to the nation’s energy efficiency goals.

We are proud of our progress in our environmental stewardship journey, but we recognize that there is still more to be done. We aim to explore new ways of reducing our negative environmental impact, seeking innovative solutions, and collaborating with others to make a lasting positive change for our planet.

The SDGs covered in this chapter cover; SDG 7: Affordable Clean Energy SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 13: Climate Action

Renewable energy, for communities across Nigeria: SDG7, SDG8

Despite Nigeria’s wealth in oil and gas resources, the lack of infrastructure to deliver power to homes and businesses is a challenge for the whole country. According to the World Bank, the share of the population with access to electricity in Nigeria in 2020 was just slightly above 50% of the country population. To address this issue and ensure uninterrupted electricity, many institutions are exploring alternative energy sources to complement the public grid.

At IHS Nigeria, we aim at promoting energy efficiency and sustainable solutions. As part of our ongoing efforts, we deployed hybrid power systems on over 9.000 sites in Nigeria prior to Project Green. By harnessing the energy from the sun, we are better able to meet our power needs while reducing our reliance on non-renewable sources. Additionally, we have implemented battery storage systems to optimise energy usage, especially during night-time hours.

We assist with the energy needs of our host communities and primary healthcare centers by providing access to reliable power where we are able to. For example, we donated 106 units of 60W and 100W solar-powered streetlights across three Nigerian states and provided these communities and their approximate 510,000 residents with streetlighting for the first time. We also established fully powered co-working spaces with the capacity to accommodate up to 600 people from the local communities. This initiative supports local business owners and provides space for energy innovators.

We believe in the power of sustainable energy solutions to positively impact communities and contribute to their development. By prioritising energy efficiency and embracing renewable sources like solar power, we are helping pave the way for a brighter and more reliable future for all.

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Addressing climate change: SDG13

We understand the harmful impact that GHG emissions have on our environment, particularly from burning fossil fuels for energy and industrial purposes. It’s crucial that greenhouse gas emissions are addressed in Nigeria if the country is to meet the government’s goal of a 20% reduction by 2030*

At IHS Nigeria, we contribute to innovative solutions through environmental initiatives aimed at reducing our carbon footprint.

Our progress includes replacing carbon-emitting energy sources (diesel generators) on our sites with renewable alternatives such as solar power and adopting more sustainable energy practices.

As part of our efforts, we also provided households across Nigeria with 800 canisters of clean cooking gas, rechargeable energy lamps, and educational materials to promote sustainable energy practices. In our host community at Ago-Awu Forest Reserve area in Osun State, we planted over 4,000 trees.

In collaboration with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, we helped raise awareness around air pollution through the ‘Eko Clean Air Campaign’, which focused on educating and engaging communities on how to mitigate air pollution and create a healthier environment.

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Reducing waste, improving the environment

Nigeria faces challenges when it comes to proper waste disposal, approximately 32 million tons of waste are generated each year. According to surveys carried out by Nigeria Federal Ministry of the Environment, Lagos State alone produces over 13,000 metric tons of urban waste daily.*

We have developed a waste management strategy to support some of our host communities. Recognising the urgent need to tackle the growing challenge of electronic waste (e-waste), we began recycling damaged compressors, printers, and other e-waste.

Additionally, we continue to promote a clean environment through our engagement with the communities of Itedo and Pop Beach in the Ilase region of Lagos State. In collaboration with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), we conducted physical activations to raise awareness among beneficiaries and encourage responsible waste disposal practices.

Through these initiatives, IHS Nigeria is actively seeking ways to reduce waste and any negative environmental impacts in the communities in which we operate.

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