NBC bids for sustainable climate action
The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) has urged all shareholders in the industry to engage in sustainable manufacturing across their operations to mitigate the impact of climate change in the country.
The NBC stated this during the third edition of the yearly NBC Stakeholders Forum themed, ‘Combating Climate Change through Resource Efficiency’, which was held in Lagos.
Managing Director, NBC, Matthieu Seguin, stated that the forum provided an opportunity for deeper reflection on endless possibilities that exist in resisting climate change, to broadening clients’ options and initiatives beyond enhancing energy efficiency and accelerating the transition to renewables.
He noted that the company had recently unveiled a roadmap to renewable energy transition in the manufacturing operations. “The move is coming on the heels of a series of steady investments made by the company towards sustainable manufacturing to achieve our set target of Net Zero emissions by the year 2040,” he added.
Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, represented by Director General, National Council on Climate Change, Dr. Salisu Dahiru, commended the contributions of the Coca-Cola System towards environmental sustainability in its ambitious targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its operations by the year 2040, adding that the target is ten years ahead of several others, including that of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“For Nigeria, the target for net zero is to be achieved by 2060 and for NBC to come up with these ambitious targets means a lot of investment and changes in its technology, approach and resource utilisation. This is a big plus for the company and I believe there are opportunities for other companies and industrial magnates to tow this line,” he said.
Founder, the Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE), Newton Jibunoh, noted that collaboration among relevant stakeholders is necessary to reduce the impact of climate change at a time when half of the global community is experiencing the weakening impact of climate change in the country.
Jibunoh urged all shareholders to continue to collaborate and make efforts, no matter how little, to address the issue.
The NBC Stakeholders Forum is designed as a platform for robust and authentic conversations between Nigerian Bottling Company and its valued stakeholders, attracting participants from Regulatory Agencies, relevant MDAs from the federal and state governments, the diplomatic community, the Academia, Industry Associations, NGOs, consumers, suppliers, and other trade partners. Conceived as part of NBC’s contribution to national development as a responsible organisation, the event serves as a platform for robust discourse, exploration of new ideas and knowledge sharing on some of the most important issues facing businesses and communities where it operates.