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Vodacom SA awarded 5-Star Green Star certification by Green Building Council of South Africa

Friday, 23 February 2024

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has accredited two buildings at Vodacom South Africa’s headquarters (HQ) in Midrand, Johannesburg, each with a 5-Star Existing Building Performance (EPB) certification. Vodacom’s Business Park and Corporate Park buildings, which are part of the HQ campus, have each achieved this rating, which signifies excellence in sustainable building operations and management. This comes after the company has practically demonstrated responsible business practices over a sustained period and continues to do so.

Resource efficiency, especially in respect to energy, water, and waste management, are some of the important features that the GBCSA interrogates when awarding the certification. Further to this Vodacom has adopted green cleaning principles, indoor air quality management and occupancy feedback.

“As a purpose-led and environmentally conscious organisation, we are constantly looking for ways to minimise our carbon footprint,” says Vodacom South Africa CEO, Sitho Mdlalose. “Organisations need to start taking decarbonisation goals seriously if we hope to slow the effects of global warming. However, this cannot be limited to high-level corporate initiatives. We are extremely proud of all our initiatives, big and small, as well as the changes we have made to achieve this certification.”

“The Green Building Council South Africa are proud to be part of Vodacom’s sustainability journey. Vodacom’s tagline of “Further Together” sums up the spirit of this journey which has progressed from their low carbon vision to achieving these new certifications. The Green Star certifications independently quantify that Vodacom has “walked their talk”. I am looking forward to partnering with Vodacom and their project teams into the future”, says Lisa Reynolds, CEO of GBCSA.

The recent installation of an extensive onsite solar farm and an electric vehicle charging station for customers and staff, further highlights Vodacom’s commitment to its planet goals and the company’s continued efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The electric vehicle charging station, doubles up as a recycling pod for waste collection, making it convenient for all staff and customers to drop off their recyclable items.

‘Our eco-village provides both staff and Vodacom customers with easy access to the resources they need to make green choices. The eco-village project is also a first step towards our plan to migrate 20% of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2030, further accelerating us towards a net-zero future,” says Mdlalose.

The 25-year-old sizeable campus was recently kitted with 6.2MW solar panels as part of the company’s sustainable strategy around energy management. This solar installation, now completed, will allow Vodacom’s HQ to generate around 10.8 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of its own clean power every year, which is roughly 25% of the headquarters’ power consumption, reducing its reliance on coal-generated electricity from the national grid. This will effectively result in the reduction of circa 11 000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) annually.

This is not the first time Vodacom South Africa has been recognised by the GBCSA for demonstrating responsible business practices. In 2011, the GBCSA certified the company’s Innovation Centre with a 6-Star rating for the building design, the first 6-Star rating awarded in the Southern Hemisphere. Additionally in 2020, after implementing various sustainable interventions, Vodacom’s refurbished Century City building in Cape Town received a 5-Star (EPB) Certification by the GBCSA.

“We passionately believe in creating a better future for the communities we serve. We hope that we can lead by example, encouraging other organisations to actively invest in a future where good business and doing good are synonymous,” concludes Mdlalose.

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