In a resounding declaration of its commitment to sustainability, e& has taken on the role of ‘Principal Technology Partner’ at the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP28), hosted in the United Arab Emirates. This partnership solidifies e&’s dedication to the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) agenda and its mission to combat climate change while promoting a sustainable future.
e&’s Pledge: Net Zero Emissions by 2030
Building upon its COP27 pledge, e& has set an ambitious target to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions for its group operations in the United Arab Emirates by 2030. This aligns seamlessly with the Group’s broader strategy to not only approach net zero but also lead the charge in global climate action.
Walking the Talk: e&’s Sustainability Initiatives
e& has consistently demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by taking concrete steps to reduce its carbon footprint. Key initiatives include enhancing energy efficiency and embracing renewable energy sources, marking significant strides in the journey towards a greener future.
A Vision for COP28
As the ‘Principal Technology Partner’ at COP28, e& is poised to support an ambitious action agenda. This agenda centers on accelerating a just and well-managed energy transition, addressing critical climate finance issues, and ensuring the well-being and livelihoods of communities while fostering robust stakeholder engagement.
Bridging Ambition and Results
e&’s participation in COP28 signifies a commitment to transcending traditional paradigms. The Group aims to unite stakeholders in the shift from mere ambition to tangible results, fostering sustainable economic growth and a lasting impact on the global climate agenda.
e&’s Role: Network Connectivity and Sustainability Showcase
At COP28, e& will play a pivotal role in providing network connectivity and digital infrastructure support. Moreover, it will showcase its own sustainable operations, programs, and projects in the Green Zone area within Dubai Expo City.
Hatem Dowidar: e&’s Visionary CEO
Hatem Dowidar, CEO of e& Group, shares insights into this groundbreaking partnership. He emphasizes e&’s vision of empowering communities while safeguarding the environment for future generations. Dowidar believes that COP28 is the ideal platform to turn this vision into reality, working collaboratively on a global scale.
Aligning with Global Initiatives
Earlier this year, e& further solidified its commitment to ESG by aligning with the World Economic Forum’s Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics. By joining over 100 global companies, e& now ensures its performance reporting aligns with ESG indicators and contributes consistently to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
e& and the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA)
e& proudly stands as the first private sector company in the UAE to join the UICCA. This strategic move positions e& as a catalyst for change, intensifying efforts not only in telecommunications but across its entire technology services portfolio. Sustainability is at the core of e&’s values and practices, driving responsible growth that benefits all stakeholders.
A Remarkable Journey: e&’s Emissions Reduction
Since 2019, e& has accelerated energy efficiency programs and undertaken various initiatives to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. These efforts have resulted in the avoidance of more than 380,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions across key markets, including the UAE, Pakistan, and Egypt.
Recognized by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)
e&’s unwavering commitment to sustainability has earned it recognition by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The SBTi acknowledges e& as ‘Committed’ to near-term science-based targets. Collaboratively established by the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, and the World Resources Institute, SBTi sets emissions reduction trajectories for all Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sub-sectors between 2020 and 2030.
A Roadmap to Net Zero
With a firm commitment to sustainability, e& is set to outline a clear roadmap towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions. This program not only drives forward its sustainability initiatives but also promises a positive and lasting human impact on future plans and operations.
e& is not merely a telecommunications company; it is a trailblazer in sustainability and climate action. As the ‘Principal Technology Partner’ at COP28, e& is championing global climate initiatives, setting the stage for a greener and more sustainable future. With a resolute commitment to net-zero emissions and a focus on holistic ESG principles, e& is leading the way towards a world where technology and sustainability go hand in hand.