We understand that natural resources are finite. In the countries where we have a licence to operate, we ensure our consumption of natural resources is minimal and that we comply with all existing environmental legislation.

Hoofddorp Netherlands office

Most of our office buildings are environmentally friendly or, where possible, retrofitted for energy and water efficiency. Our Randburg South Africa office has a five-star green rating from the Green Building Council, and our Hoofddorp Netherlands office that runs on renewable energy has an energy label A+.

MultiChoice measures its carbon footprint from scope 1 and 2 emissions according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Our organisational carbon footprint reporting boundary identified three types of sites:

  • Office buildings, with a 3% materiality level
  • Warehouses, owned or leased (>1 000m2), excluding shared leased premises
  • All key broadcasting sites

Our carbon footprint in FY23 was 75 060 tonnes of CO2e, with the largest contributors being electricity, accounting for 100% of scope 2 emissions (51% of total emissions). Our primary impact arises from using coal-fired electricity, which is the primary source of energy in many of the countries where we operate. During electricity outages, we use fuel such as diesel to power generators.

    Carbon emissions in CO2e tonnes  
Scope Source FY20 FY21 FY22 FY23
Scope 1 Diesel, petrol, fugitive gases, liquid petroleum gas 19 221 15 837 41 195 37 008
Scope 2 Electricity (100%) 57 500 52 010 44 885 38 052
Total emissions   76 721 67 847 86 080 75 060

We have implemented several initiatives to improve our efficiency. These include:

  • Energy-efficiency and energy-saving measures for electricity, air-conditioning, data centres, heating and ventilation, and investing in green infrastructure, such as light motion sensors in buildings, LEDs with daylight harvesting, solar panels and energy-efficient invertor technology
  • Waste reduction initiatives including recycling, e-waste management, waste separation and biobins
  • Water-efficiency measures or our green accredited buildings, including low water use taps, dual-flush toilets and pressure reducers and educating employees and guests on water use efficiencies
  • Green initiatives such as encouraging people to use video conferencing facilities instead of air travel to reduce carbon emissions.
  • A solar solution for MultiChoice City building will be implemented in FY24 and FY25 that will assist in reducing the building electricity consumption by approximately 25%.
  • Net Zero emission reviews were conducted on all SA-owned buildings in excess of 25 000m2