Nigeria: Climate Change - Dangote Steps Up Efforts to Reduce Green House Gas Emission

12 September 2023

"To mitigate gaseous emissions from our production process, our new plants are designed to be resource and energy-efficient."

In line with global best practice, the pan-African conglomerate, Dangote Group, has deployed cutting-edge technology and other measures to mitigate the emission of Green House Gas (GHG), and its impacts, in all its subsidiaries.

The Group, as part of its contribution to the campaign for the reduction of GHG, has embarked on enlightenment to sensitize workers and host communities on the impact of climate change and environmental sustainability.

The company's Group Chief Branding and Communication Officer, Anthony Chiejina, in a statement, said: "To mitigate gaseous emissions from our production process, our new plants are designed to be resource and energy-efficient."

He added that the Dangote Group has invested much in modern equipment such as analyzers, opacimeters, and other continuous emissions monitoring systems used to measure greenhouse gas emissions in real-time.

Mr Chiejina pointed out that the company's climate goals extend beyond just reduction of emissions but also to protecting and regenerating the environment, through land reclamation and tree planting.

Only recently, the company organized a workshop for journalists in the North-central and South-west geo-political zones in the country to sensitize them on the imperatives of reporting climate change and the environment.

The Plant Director, DCP Obajana, J.V Gungune, told journalists that the company has put in place state-of-the-art facilities to mitigate climate change concerns.

"We need the environment more than it needs us. Hence the need to sustain the environment," he said.

The Head of Suitability, Dangote Cement Plc, Igazeuma Okorob, told journalists at Obajana that the company has fully engrained environmental sustainability and Climate Change concerns in all its operations.

The statement quoted the Head of Sustainability, Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana Plant, Eseosa Ighile, as saying that several innovative strategies have been introduced to cut emissions of Green House Gas (GHG).

Mr Ighile said in line with the company's commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 12, alternative fuels (AF) were adopted to reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

She added: "The AF project aims to achieve a thermal substitution rate of 25 per cent in all plants by 2025. We are working towards installing AF feeding systems in all our operation lines by 2024."

According to her: "The resources utilized for fuels currently at the DCP Obajana include tyre chips, waste oils, and agricultural waste such as palm kernel shells and rice husks. We are also undergoing technical studies on the use of refuse-derived fuels (RDF) as a fuel source. Between January and July 2023, we've consumed over 34,800 metric tonnes of alternative fuel materials for our operations."

She said so far, the company's climate action activities include: monitoring of water, waste, and GHG emissions, creation of a decarbonisation working group, and following the guidelines of both local and international organizations.

The Head of Technical Training at Dangote Academy, Adedeji Adewale, said the Dangote Cement Plc uses electrostatic prostetor to trap dust and recycle it into the system, adding that the Dangote Academy plants thousands of trees every year.

He said only recently, the Dangote Academy planted economic trees which include Mangoes, Soursup, Dates and orange trees among others.

Mr Adewale explained that tree planting has the potency to protect the climate, regenerate the environment and improve the health condition of inhabitants.

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