Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Enterprise

Vodafone Eco-SIMs coming to SA and Egypt

Article Image
Vodafone is upping its green game and launching Eco-SIM cards made from recycled plastic that will be available in South Africa and Egypt.

Starting from October 2021, the global telco says it will provide customers with new Eco-SIMs "in the half-sized format made from recycled plastic, progressively replacing SIM cards that are currently made from new plastic," as a way to try reduce its impact on the environment.

The Eco-SIMs will be rolled out across Vodafone's 12 European markets and also in Turkey, Egypt and South Africa.

In 2020, Vodafone already began global rollout of half-sized SIM card holders which it said reduced the amount of plastic used by around 340 tons a year, equivalent to a reduction of 1,760 tons of CO2e.

The introduction of Eco-SIM further eliminates the need for 320 tons of virgin plastic to be manufactured each year, until eSIMs becomes more widespread. This has the potential to save an additional 1,280 tons of CO2e per year from not manufacturing new plastic for the cards.

"Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the need to supply plastic SIMs entirely. We have already halved the amount of plastic used in our SIM cards, and the introduction of Eco-SIMs made from recycled plastic will further reduce the environmental impact of our activities," said Alex Froment-Curtil, Vodafone group chief commercial officer in a statement.

Since 2020, Vodafone has been on a plastic crusade, eliminating all unnecessary plastic and disposable single-use items across its retail stores and offices.

By 2030, Vodafone plans to eliminate all carbon emissions from its own activities and from energy it purchases and uses. The telco has also pledged to reuse, resell, or recycle 100% of the company’s network waste by 2025.

It is also moving towards purchasing all electricity from renewable sources. Vodafone's entire European operations – including mobile and fixed networks, data centers, retail and offices – are already 100% powered by electricity from renewables and it is now working to achieving the same step-change in Africa by 2025.

In May 2021, Vodafone joined forces with four of Europe’s leading network operators to launch a new pan-industry Eco Rating labelling scheme to help consumers identify and compare the most sustainable mobile phones and encourage suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of their devices.

Related posts:

*Top image source: Vodacom

— The Staff, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Story

Google's Equiano subsea cable lands on SA shores

Google’s Equiano subsea cable, which seeks to connect Europe to Africa via the ocean, has made its final stop landing in Melkbosstrand, Western Cape, South Africa.

Story

Women in Tech: Spotlight on legal tech with Life.file's Sinal Govender

Life.file co-founder, Sinal Govender, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and how we can encourage more young girls to enter the legal tech field.

More Innovation hub

Africa Tech Perspectives

Story

Women in Tech: Spotlight on inclusivity with Digital Council Africa's Juanita Clark

Digital Council Africa founder and CEO, Juanita Clark, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and what needs to be done to make the tech industry intentionally inclusive.

Story

Women in Tech: Spotlight on legal tech with Life.file's Sinal Govender

Life.file co-founder, Sinal Govender, talks to Connecting Africa as part of our Women's Month series about her career and how we can encourage more young girls to enter the legal tech field.

Story

Digital inclusion as a catalyst for economic empowerment: Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu

Mastercard's Imelda Ngunzu talks to Connecting Africa about how digital payment solutions and mobile money are transforming the lives of small business owners, women and marginalized groups in East Africa.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Partner perspectives

5G is lighting up the future of North Africa
By Chris Meng, VP of Huawei Northern Africa Carrier Business Department

The moving target that is telecoms fraud
By Clémentine Fournier, Regional VP Sales, Africa, BICS

How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
By Katia Gonzalez, Head of Fraud and Security at BICS

All Partner Perspectives

Latest video

More videos

Guest Perspectives

Story

Omdia View: June 2022

By Omdia Analysts

5G was the major news trend across Africa in June, as Orange became the first operator to launch 5G in Réunion and operators in Senegal accelerated their 5G plans despite spectrum delays.

Story

Omdia View: May 2022

By Omdia Analysts

SpaceX-owned Starlink's plans to launch a satellite broadband service in Africa was a major highlight in May 2022, says Omdia's analysts.

More Guest Perspectives

Upcoming events

Africa Tech Festival
November 7-11, 2022
CTICC, Cape Town
More Upcoming events

Archived webinars

Africa Green ICT: Lighting Up a Sustainable Continent

The ICT industry is the leading industry in the commitment to carbon neutrality, whose focus has shifted from setting ambitious targets to taking initiatives. The push for zero-carbon and for green energy development, it isn't just about CSR – it's also good for sustainable business.

The path to sustainable development requires green energy. Governments are looking at potential policy approaches to make green energy more widely available and affordable. Without sustainable energy, there will be no digital transformation and no chance of making Africa more economically competitive in the post-pandemic era.

Africa Green ICT Webinar 2022 will bring together ICT industry leaders and senior industrial analysts to provide insight, best practices and key learnings on how to achieve zero-carbon targets and practice green development in Africa.

More Webinars

Sponsored video

More videos

Flash poll

All polls

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up