Planting Trees and Investing in Renewable Energy

Several wind turbines on a hill

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Published 17 April 2023


Did you know that by 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion? That’s a lot of people – and to sustain this population, we need to start making some changes now.

In order for global warming to be limited to 1.5°C, global greenhouse gas emissions would need to peak by 2025 and be reduced by at least 43% by 2030. These statistics are prompting businesses to seriously consider how they can reduce their carbon footprint when it comes to the day-to-day reality of doing business and needing to travel for work.

A report by the IPCC Working Group titled Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change recently outlined keys ways in which the world can reduce its emissions. These include ramping up clean energy, shifting to low or zero carbon transportation, incentivising green buildings and restoring forests. Of these, planting trees and investing in renewable energy are two of the most important and actionable initiatives. Here’s why they’re crucial...

Why trees?

a car is moving over the road in the middle of a forest
a car is moving over the road in the middle of a forest
a car is moving over the road in the middle of a forest

Trees play a crucial role in our environment. They help to regulate the climate, provide habitats for wildlife, and absorb harmful emissions from the air. In fact, it is estimated that once a tree is matured it can remove about 22 kilograms of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per year. 

Not only do trees help to clean the air, but they also provide us with oxygen. They help to cool the planet by providing shade and evapotranspiration (the process by which water is evaporated from leaves and then transpired back into the atmosphere). And, they can help to prevent flooding and soil erosion.

However, tree planting can only be effective if we respond to the needs of and with the full engagement and consent of indigenous peoples and the local communities in a way that respects their cultural and ecological rights. Our sustainability partner, Trees4Travel, has carefully selected reforestation projects that are always people-centred, supporting the social and economic conditions and ensuring they are compatible with the restoration and conservation of Earth’s forests.

At FCBT, we’ve made it easy for your business to compensate for your business travel. Thanks to our sustainability partnership with Trees4Travel, FCBT can manage your carbon compensation for you with a simple add on, which actually doubles your contribution by making an investment into a renewable energy project for each tree planted!

Why renewable energy?

Investing in renewable energy is also crucial for the future. Renewable energy sources – such as solar, wind, and hydro power – are clean, sustainable, and abundant. They emit no greenhouse gases, and they don’t require the use of finite resources (such as fossil fuels).

With the right design, renewable energy projects can support developing communities, by creating jobs, providing training and essential infrastructure. Plus, renewable energy is good for the wider economy. It can support local businesses and attract new investment. And, it helps to diversify our energy mix, which makes us less reliant on fossil fuels and more resistant to price shocks.

a builder is holding a solar panel under the strong sun light
a builder is holding a solar panel under the strong sun light
a builder is holding a solar panel under the strong sun light

Trees4Travel automatically assign each tree planted with a share of an investment into a United Nations Certified Emissions Reduction (CER) renewable energy program (this is a carbon credit), which means your contribution will remove emissions and support developing communities now, plus invest into future forests for our planet. 

So, why does all of this matter? Because we need to do something now in order to avoid a major crisis down the road. Planting trees and investing in renewable energy are two steps that we can take to make a big difference, and thanks to our sustainability partnership with Trees4Travel, it's never been easier for you to compensate for your carbon emissions. 

Keen to know more about how Flight Centre Business Travel can help you achieve your business’ sustainability goals?

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