Planting trees in your region
Despite being densely populated in some regions, Europe is home to many precious woodlands, including some remaining primeval forests. But these ecosystems, too, are affected by climate change: forest fires are destroying large areas. Drought and heat weaken widespread tree species such as spruce, which with their shallow roots do not reach deeper, aquiferous soil layers. Weakened forests are more vulnerable to damage from storms and pests which may cause severe economic damage.
Mixed forests, for example with oaks and pines, are more resistant to climate change. They tolerate heat and drought better and the risk of forest fires is lower. Therefore we support the afforestation and the change of local forests throughout Europe. We offer our customers the opportunity to participate in regular joint planting campaigns in their nearby region. In order to guarantee climate neutrality, our partner ClimatePartner additionally supports an internationally recognized forest protection project in Brazil. For each compensated ton CO2 we plant a new tree in German forests.
How does climate protection work with regional projects?
Regional projects protect natural habitats such as local forests, the Alps or contribute to agricultural development. They are important for adapting to climate change. Projects in Germany, Austria and Switzerland generally do not produce any certified emission reductions. That is why we combine regional projects with internationally recognised carbon offset projects thanks to our partner ClimatePartner. In this way, climate neutrality and a regional commitment are possible simultaneously.
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Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being
Forests reduce noise and the amount of pollutants and dust in the air. The positive health effect of staying in the forest has been scientifically proven.
Clean Water and Sanitation
Forest soils filter rainwater, ensure clean groundwater and ensure high drinking water quality.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Forests are diverse recreational areas for all population groups. They also protect from erosion, avalanches, flooding and floods.
Responsible Consumption and Production
Wood is one of the few renewable raw materials.
Forests store large amounts of CO2, they have positive effects on the global, regional and local climate.
Life on Land
For many animal, plant and fungal species, the forest is the habitat that provides them with food and shelter.