Sufficient clean, reliable energy is essential for a prosperous and sustainable future. In recognition of the need for clean, ideally net zero, energy, our decarbonisation strategy outlines our Net Zero aspirations. Our aim is to create a lasting and positive benefit by producing clean energy for Botswana and are developing a pathway to Net Zero by 2040 for inclusion in our long-term strategic plan.
Botala will contribute to Botswana’s energy transition to renewables, especially solar, and switching from high-carbon emitting coal to cbm, and ultimately providing Botswana with energy and a pathway to net zero emissions. During this transition, we will consider participating in carbon offset projects to further reduce emissions, provide lasting benefit to Botswana’s people, protect the environment, and achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations
We aim to develop our business with sustainability at the forefront, shaping our business to profitably deliver in a low-carbon future, and creating robust environmental, economic, and social values. Working sustainably is embedded at the heart of the company and our people, supported by the sustainability pillars. These pillars direct our operations, ensuring we address climate change, respect human rights and their safety, protect the environment and support a prosperous future.
Botala is committed to:
- Being a sustainable, environmentally, and socially responsible producer of energy.
- Achieving all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations through our base business and additional community investment and support.
- Optimising benefits for Botswana through our economic, environmental, and social impacts.
- Assisting, facilitating, and encouraging the establishment of compatible, energy related and dependent industries in the Serowe - Palapye region.
- Complying with corporate governance recommendations of the Australian Securities Exchange and the Botswana Code of Corporate Governance.
- Developing, implementing, regularly updating, and enforcing technically, environmentally, socially and culturally sound and responsible policies.
- Zero tolerance of bribery and corruption.
- A whistle-blower policy that is publicly available and easily accessible for all employees and other persons engaged by Botala.
- Conducting business with integrity and complying with the laws of every country in which we operate.
- Adopting Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) or similar standards to measure compliance with our policies and report Botala’s contributions to sustainable development.
Primary sustainability benefits of our projects:
The main impacts of Botala’s proposed operations are summarised below:
Energy Transition and Independency
- Facilitate transition from coal to renewable and contribute to decarbonisation.
- Reduced dependence on unreliable, high carbon-emitting, high-cost imported electricity; and supply affordable energy to impoverished areas. Our aim is to contribute to making energy affordable and available to all as part of our 17 SDG targets.
Reduced carbon emissions by at least 50% by switching from coal to cbm and achieve further reductions by developing solar hybrids.
Provide direct and indirect employment and support and stimulate local businesses.
Provide education and training opportunities, and skill improvements.
- Establishment of the Lupani Energy and Industrial Park, complete with a reliable supply of affordable electricity.
- Facilitate establishment of new-age industries using new technology.
- Investment by other high-energy dependent industries seeking reliable, clean energy.
- Reduced spending on imported high-cost electricity and diesel.
- Growth in local communities, stimulated by Botala’s activities, including the use of local goods and service providers.
People and Environment
In addition to the above benefits, achievement of all 17 SDGs will impact the following areas:
- Environment - Reduced habitat destruction. Improvements of wildlife habitats. Conservation and restoration efforts.
- Wealth – reduction of poverty by providing employment.
- Education – Access to education and training opportunities for all.
- Health – Improved health through use of cleaner energy instead of firewood. Highlighting health and hygiene awareness in safety and occupational health induction and follow-up courses.
More information can be found in the following Sustainability pages: