Environmental Management

Terms of Reference

Electricity Utilities in Africa are faced with numerous environmental and safety challenges. Some of these include, public pressure (consumer pressure, lobbying, influencing voting), new standards and legislation (Constitution, ISO14001), new business opportunities (attracting and retaining customers, reducing, re-using and recycling materials), reduction of risk (financial, legal, ecological and reputational) and ethical or moral considerations given the current climate change and environmental crisis.

These safety and environmental challenges are heightened by activities involved in the distribution of electricity, such as employee and public injuries and fatalities, waste (hazardous and general) disposal, wildlife interactions (collisions and electrocutions with infrastructure, oil spills or leaks from electrical equipment, herbicide or pesticide spillage, the removal of indigenous trees, habitat destruction and the damages caused to sensitive or protected areas particularly during construction and maintenance activities.