du agrees CSR drive with Heliocentris subsidiary

Pledge to reduce C0? in mobile network base stations

Telecoms provider du last month announced a framework agreement with German company P21 GmbH, a subsidiary of Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG, to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from mobile network base stations.

The drive – in line with the telecom’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives – will see P21 supply, install and commission smart energy management systems, to control diesel generators, in selected mobile network base stations in 2011-2012. The company will also provide maintenance support on a five year contract.

“We place a high emphasis on operating in as eco-friendly a way as possible,” said Hatem Bamatraf, senior vice president of network development and operations for du.

“Our Corporate Social Responsibility is not only geared towards developing our nation and promoting our heritage in numerous ways, but in improving the environment by taking steps towards becoming more green across all aspects of our business operations. We chose to partner with P21 on this initiative because we believe it will allow us to significantly decrease our carbon footprint, thereby contributing to our overall environmental friendliness,” Bamatraf added.

Tests conducted prior to the agreement saw the technology decrease diesel consumption by 54%, reducing run times by up to 74%. Combined this cuts operating costs and carbon emissions.


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