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Lagos Urges ICT operators on carbon emission reduction

The Lagos State Government has advised ICT operators and other stakeholders to deploy cleaner energy in powering their operations in efforts to limit carbon footprint in the state.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, at the first stakeholders’ online Roundtable with the ICT industry in Lagos at the weekend, highlighted the intentions of the State Government to achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions.

Tagged the “Clean Energy Initiative to Power the ICT Sector in Lagos,” the Commissioner, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, emphasized the importance of the ICT sector in achieving the State’s ambitions of becoming a Smart City and a 21st Century Economy as evidenced by the ongoing deployment of 6000km of fiber optic cables across the State. He added that Lagos has the highest density of ICT infrastructure in Nigeria, and the sector accounts for about 410,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum in the State.

He enjoined stakeholders to partner with the State on its journey towards a low General Manager, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Dr, Dolapo Fasawe, said the State “is committed to supporting Nigeria to achieve the objective of net-zero emission target by 2050 under the C40 Cities Alliance alongside nine other African cities.”

She added that “to attain and surpass these lofty goals in the State, we require the full commitment and collaboration of all stakeholders.” The Group CEO for Viathan Engineering, Habeeb Alebiosu, remarked that “the roundtable provided a great opportunity for Viathan to highlight the appropriate clean energy solutions suitable for the ICT industry and for the general public.”

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Source: Mfidie

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