UK: Over the last five years, Accor has planted the equivalent of nearly 200 football pitches of trees in partnership with the Woodland Trust.
In the last 12 months, 17,350 tress of 107 different species have been planted in 64 locations across the UK.
The trees planted are part of Accor’s Plant for the Planet programme. The scheme has seen over seven million trees planted in more than 375 locations across 29 countries.
Plant for the Planet forms part of Accor’s broader sustainability programme, Planet 21, which sets out a number of commitments to reduce the environmental impact of the group’s hotels.
Thomas Dubaere, COO at Accor for Northern Europe, said: “Planting more trees is not just an environmental challenge for the UK, it is a worldwide one. It is vital, therefore, that organisations with a global influence play a significant role in tackling this issue by investing their resources and raising awareness of the problem”.
“That is why our Plant for the Planet programme is a global one, not country specific, as we understand our role as a global business in improving the environment we live in. We are incredibly proud of the success the programme has had to date, and we will continue to plant trees around the world”.
Head of partnerships at the Woodland Trust, Pip Borrill, added: “We need new woodland like never before. Government has recently committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The expansion of the UK’s tree canopy cover from 13 per cent to 17 per cent is an essential part of the solution, including the recommendation to increase on-farm planting, but for the country to reach that target we need to see a three-fold increase in current woodland creation levels”.
“It’s a big challenge, but we have big ambition and our partnership with Accor is an important part of that. We are grateful for the contribution they are making in getting more trees in the ground, trees that will eat carbon, improve soil health and water quality, provide shelter and shade for livestock, a crop for farmers, a home for wildlife, and a space for us to breathe”.