SHAH ALAM: In line with the Toyota Global commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) and UMW Holdings Berhad (UMW) recently held a tree planting programme hosted by the Malaysian Nature Society at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park.
The programme is part of UMW’s Green Shoots Initiative (UGS) in conjunction with the National 100 million Tree-Planting Campaign 2020-2025; theme “Greening Malaysia: Our Trees, Our Life”.
The event was led by Faraed Mohd Sharif, Director of Customer First Group together with UMWT management, UMW CSR team, UMWT staff and students from Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah, Sungai Lang.
Together, they planted 1,500 mangrove saplings of the Bakau Kurap or Rhizophora Mucronata species within the mangrove swamp forest.
The 80 participants were taken on an ecology walk through parts of the 296-hectare wide Kuala Selangor Nature Park to learn about the importance of mangroves to the environment and coastal communities.
They were also given a demonstration of the seedling and germination process, while learning about the four families of mangroves and 13 different species of mangrove trees.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions like carbon dioxide (CO2) are a major cause of climate change issues and a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tonnes of CO2 per year.
Mangrove forests can help mitigate the effects of climate change as they act as huge carbon sinks which are able to sequester two to four times more carbon than mature rainforests, in addition to helping shore up our coastlines and reduce the impact of severe flooding while supporting the biodiversity of the area.
Recognising this, UMW and UMWT have planted close to 40,000 trees to date with almost 50% being mangrove trees, in their journey towards offsetting CO2 emissions and realising their Zero Carbon goals by committing to planting some 300,000 trees over the next two years.
Faraed said the initiatives contributed to climate resilience while cementing Toyota’s global commitment towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 through activities that offset CO2 emissions.
“We have also integrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as part of our operations as a guideline to help us reach carbon neutrality.
“Moving forward, we are focused on providing ‘Mobility For All’, by supporting the creation of more independent, safe and eco-friendly mobility solutions in line with Toyota’s local mass manufacturing plans towards a ‘Clean, Safe and Secure Society”.
“UMW Toyota Motor will continue our active participation with sustainable tree planting activities in two more locations this year as part of the UMW Green Shoots Initiative to inspire more environmental conservation and restoration works within communities as we take steps toward investing in nature-based solutions for carbon sequestration”, he added.
UMWT places high priority on environmental conservation, hence, the company sets a target to achieve carbon dioxide reduction from logistic activities and its assembly facility, as guided by the Toyota environmental action plan, through the installation of 2MW solar panels.
The automotive company’s environmental CSR efforts extend in the form of education through its Toyota Eco Youth Programme (TEY), a collaboration between UMWT and the Education Ministry.
Since 2001, the programme has sought to create a future generation of youths with strong eco-values and leadership skills in secondary schools.
Harmonious to the Toyota Global strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, UMWT locally launched the Corolla Cross HEV last year, with more HEV models in its future line-up.
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