In its drive to promote environmental sustainability, Dangote Cement Plc has planted 7,205 trees across Africa to commemorate World Environment Day 2022.
The company made the disclosure in a statement signed by Mr. Francis Awowole-Browne, Media and Communications Staff, Dangote Industries Ltd., on Sunday July 17 in Lagos.
World Environment Day 2022 celebrated annually on June 5 focused on sustainable living in harmony with nature and raising awareness of environmental sustainability measures.
He said the company has also negotiated a partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the National Environmental Standards and Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to reduce carbon emissions.
The company has also collaborated with the Lagos Business School Sustainability Center and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) as part of its initiatives to mark World Environment Day 2022 across all of its 14 production plants in Nigeria and in Africa.
Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Michel Puchercos, said in the statement that the company, by demonstrating its support for governments’ efforts, is providing climate solutions aimed at reducing Nigeria’s carbon emissions.
Puchercos said the company’s environment week program supports African countries and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) joint venture agreement to invest in carbon avoidance and offset projects.
He said that to carry out these initiatives, Dangote Cement has engaged experts to build the capacity of employees, local communities and other stakeholders in biodiversity conservation and progressive rehabilitation of mine sites.
Puchercos said other topics covered were land reclamation and carbon mitigation, with the company setting up a biodiversity garden at one of its mines in Nigeria to serve as a model.
“World Environment Day centers on the need for humans to make deliberate efforts to save the earth by conserving biodiversity.
“The forum brought together around 560 participants from manufacturing and extractive industries, academia, government agencies, international agencies, civil society, media and environmental enthusiasts across Africa,” he said. he declares.
Dangote Cement Plc’s head of sustainability, Dr Igazeuma Okoroba, said the company is committed to complying with rehabilitation plans and exploring ways to protect the ecosystem in the communities where it operates.
The company’s environmental and social performance manager, Tukur Lawal, said the aim of the initiative was to make mine sites safe for current and future land use.
Lawal said specific objectives include raising awareness among mining personnel, enabling mining stakeholders to understand the processes for identifying and assessing species, flora and fauna for climate risk management.
“The company is ready to engage with stakeholders to conserve biodiversity, mitigate carbon emissions and make the environment safer.
“In line with this year’s theme ‘Only One Earth’, no less than 1,708 Dangote employees volunteered in 46 different initiatives in 10 Pan-African countries,” he said.
By Rukayat Moisemhe