MTN, leader in the telecommunications sector in Cameroon is pleased to announce the signing, on 02 June 2022 in Yaounde, of a Collaboration Framework Agreement with the Rural Electrification Agency (AER) to supply its rural sites with solar energy.
The document was initialed by Mr. Moussa Ousmanou, General Manager of AER and Stephen Blewett, CEO of MTN Cameroon, in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Water and Energy.
This Framework Agreement specifies the terms and conditions under which AER provides MTN Cameroon with energy produced by its solar power plants. The energy is intended to power MTN Cameroon’s network infrastructure in rural areas, particularly the relay stations.
The implementation of this agreement is already ongoing at pilot sites in the West and Littoral regions. This deployment shall be extended to all 10 regions of the country in the coming months and will accelerate MTN Cameroon’s ESG strategy, of which reducing carbon footprint is one of the main objectives.
“Cameroon plans to increase its renewable energy capacity to at least 25% the total production by 2035*. This agreement with MTN Cameroon provides us with more resources to achieve this goal and enables us to engage with economic stakeholders who are still hesitating. Because the protection of our environment is more than urgent by using clean energies rather than fossil sources whose harmfulness needs not to be overemphasized. This is an emergency which our partner, MTN Cameroon has understood and incorporated in its development strategy,” said the General Manager of AER.
By entering into this partnership with AER, MTN Cameroon is contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals while setting conditions conducive to the growth of communities in compliance with the company’s ESG commitments.
“Under the Project Zero, MTN seeks to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. This partnership with AER puts us on the right path to preserve our environment. It is also an opportunity to reduce certain inequalities. People living in rural areas, often excluded from the benefits of modernity, will have access to all telephony, high speed internet and Mobile Money services”, explained Stephen Blewett. “We are going far beyond business by building a sustainable environment for our society at large”, he concluded.