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British American Tobacco (BAT) Nigeria, FMCG company has recently reiterated its commitment to addressing the issues of climate change and environment management while at the same time delivering a positive social impact and ensuring robust governance across its operations. The British multinational company has planned to become carbon neutral by investing in solar PV energy.
BAT Nigeria issued the statement on this year’s World Environment Day (WED) in Lagos. The company also highlighted its achievements in waste and water management, carbon emissions reduction, and transition to clean energy in its operations.
On this occasion, the international tobacco group announced the implementation of a 1 MW solar PV system (without battery energy storage) that will complement the existing gas engine-powered supply at its factory in Ibadan, Oyo State. BAT will be investing about £1 million (US$1.2 million) over the next two years into the solar project.
The solar power project will involve the installation of 1,900 PV panels capable of generating cumulative energy of 1400 MWh annually. This is equivalent to nearly 6% of the Ibadan factory’s yearly power consumption, which will be injected directly into BAT Nigeria’s energy mix.
The future solar PV plant is expected to reduce the annual CO2 emissions of the BAT’s factory by 992 tons, making it closer to the target of 100% renewable energy source and achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.
Yarub Al-Bahrani, BAT’s Area Director for West and Central Africa, said, BAT Nigeria’s sustainability agenda is highly significant for their evolved group strategy and reflects a commitment to reducing their businesses’ health impact.
“This is underpinned by excellence across our other Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) priorities. We are committed to reducing our climate impact, taking care of biodiversity, and rethinking our means of consumption,” Al-Bahrani commented.
Odiri Erewa-Meggison, BAT’s External Affairs Director for West and Central Africa, said, “We are proud of the achievements and committed to new ways to reduce our resource use, preserve the natural environment, improve the lives of farmers and communities and uphold robust corporate governance standards.”