Orange Group, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint in Africa to zero by 2040. Aware that many sites in Africa are not connected to regular and reliable supply of electricity, the company is embarking on several initiatives, such as solar panels, to avoid using generators that run on CO2-emitting fossil fuel.
In Liberia, 75% of Orange’s telecom sites are equipped with solar panels. Soon, the company will deploy solar panels to other locations in Africa. So far, solar panels have been installed at 5,400 of Orange’s telecom sites, saving 55 million liters of fuel each year. The company currently operates in African 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East with about 130 million customers. Orange Money’s mobile-based money transfer and financial services are in 17 countries and has 50 million customers. The company continually provides its expertise to support the development of new digital services in Africa.
Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN) and has sales of 42.3 billion euros in 2020 and 140,000 employees worldwide, including 80,000 employees in France. The Group operates in 26 countries and has a total customer base of 262 million customers, including 217 million mobile customers and 22 million fixed broadband customers. It is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies. In several subsidiaries in Africa, the company is deploying innovative solar solutions and the latest generation batteries with partners specializing in energy. Indeed, it is positioning itself as the biggest deployer of solar panels, with a renewable energy use rate already at over 50% for Orange Guinea, 41% for Orange Madagascar and 40% for Orange Sierra Leone.
Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa says: “We are proud to be the first company by number of solar panels in 5 countries in Africa and the Middle East. As a stakeholder in the energy transition, Orange has included in its Engage 2025 strategic plan the objective of meeting 50% of the Group’s electricity needs from renewable sources by 2025. We are aiming for net zero carbon by 2040.”
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