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VW to plant 6000 trees for the planet
09 September 2010
 
This Arbor Month, Volkswagen Group South Africa, with the assistance of the Wilderness Foundation of South Africa, is planting 6 000 trees - one for every VW employee - in the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve.
The planting of the trees co-incides with the introduction of the new carbon tax imposed on new vehicle sales on 1 September, and is also one of the ways in which the Company is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint.
"Environmental protection is always top of mind for us, and we're always looking for new ways in which to mitigate our effects on the environment. We also wanted to welcome the introduction of the CO2, or 'green' tax, which is aimed at improving the air's quality," said VW Group SA MD, David Powels.
The theme of this year's Arbor Month is "Plant for the planet - Grow green."
"We've allocated three hectares of degraded veld in the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, between the towns of Willowmore and Patensie, to plant Volkswagen's 6 000 Spekboom," says Wilderness Foundation Director, Andrew Muir.
Spekboom is a succulent shrub with a vitally important function for the thicket biome: The spekboom has the ability to take up high amounts of carbon dioxide over a short period of time - perfect for achieving Volkswagen's goal of reducing its carbon footprint.
"Volkswagen Group SA appreciates that Arbor celebrations have been extended to a month, as it believes in the importance of trees in our lives and livelihoods and encourages care and consideration of the environment," concluded Powels.

 
 
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