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We understand that the natural resources in the countries where we have a licence to operate are finite. Although we have a light environmental footprint, we ensure that our consumption of natural resources is minimal and that we comply with all existing environmental legislation. Environmental management falls under the ambit of our social and ethics committee’s responsibilities and therefore receives attention at a board level.

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+.

Our primary environmental 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 in our offices and digital terrestrial television broadcast tower sites. MultiChoice measures its carbon footprint from scope 1 and 2 emissions according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

    Carbon emissions in CO2e tonnes
Scope Source FY20 FY21
Scope 1 Diesel, petrol, fugitive gases, liquid petroleum gas 19 221 15 837
Scope 2 Electricity (100%) 57 500 52 010
Total emissions   76 721 67 847
Energy-efficiency

We have implemented several initiatives to improve our resource utilisation 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 for our green-accredited buildings, including low water use taps, dual-flush toilets and pressure reducers, and educating employees and guests on water use efficiencies; and
  • Green initiatives such as pairing with a free ridesharing app in Hoofddorp, Netherlands and encouraging people to use video conferencing facilities instead of air travel to reduce carbon emissions.