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MTN Rwanda Launches Biodegradable SIM Cards in Environmental Push

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MTN Rwanda is taking a groundbreaking step towards environmental responsibility with the launch of the nation’s first-ever paper-based, biodegradable SIM cards, dubbed “bioSIMs.”
This initiative marks a significant addition to the company’s sustainability efforts, aligning with Rwanda’s Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and the broader environmental goals of the MTN Group.

The telecom industry faces growing pressure to address its environmental impact.
With an estimated 4.5 billion plastic SIM cards produced in 2020 alone and a staggering 430 million tons of plastic waste generated annually, the need for eco-friendly alternatives is undeniable.
Biodegradable SIM cards are a recent innovation, and MTN Rwanda is among the frontrunners in embracing this technology.

These bioSIMs offer a solution by naturally decomposing over time, minimizing their environmental footprint.
They are crafted from 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper, guaranteeing responsible sourcing of raw materials.
MTN Rwanda’s commitment extends beyond the SIM card itself, with the company optimizing packaging to further reduce its ecological impact.

Mapula Bodibe, CEO of MTN Rwanda, hailed the launch as a milestone in the company’s 25-year journey. “We aim to set a precedent for responsible business practices,” Bodibe said, “encouraging other industries to join us in building a greener future for Rwanda and beyond.”

The bioSIM launch is part of MTN Rwanda’s wider sustainability strategy, “Project Zero.”
The initiative includes transitioning a significant portion of their fleet to hybrid vehicles and installing solar panels at data centers.
These efforts contribute to the ambitious goal of the MTN Group – achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

While no timeframe for widespread bioSIM availability has been announced, the launch signifies a promising step in MTN Rwanda’s environmental leadership, setting a positive example for businesses across the region.

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