Green Points: in order to limit the effects of global warming, the Group promotes the use of compensation measures for its greenhouse gas emissions
In order to limit the effects of global warming, the Group promotes the use of compensation measures for its greenhouse gas emissions.
In particular, it promotes the creation of green spaces, so called Green Points (trees, orchards, grass, and flowers) to increase carbon capture and sequestration, as well as contributing to an increase in biodiversity in the areas close to the production facilities and reducing the environmental impact of the latter.
At the end of 2018, green spaces at the Group sites added up to a 200,000 sqm total surface area.
The creation of 31 new green spaces – of an 8000-sqm total surface area – is planned in 2019 at the main Group’s production plants in all regions.
Among the new green areas:
MA Brasil contributed to the creation of the Bosque de Bem com a Vida (Forest of Well with Life). The project was adopted in common agreement between the Companies that are part of the Industrial Condomínio where MA Brasil is located in Porto Real - RJ.
The Bosque has become a pleasant resting place during lunch break times for all employees who work in the Condominium.
It represents an important contribution that demonstrates the Group's concern for the preservation of the environment in an exclusively industrial area.
The investment for the construction of the Bosque was based only on donations of clean industrial waste which was used for tables and benches, whereas the organic fertilizer for the plants comes from a composting area of food waste left over from a restaurant.
The next stage of the Bosque project will be the creation of a vegetable garden, called Plantar e Cuidar para Levar (Plant and Take Care). Employees will be involved in the project, making them aware about the importance of planting seeds and taking care of the greenery until seeds are ready for harvest and consumption. Employees will be free to take these veggies at home and share them with their families.
ZWM SHL (Poland) has contributed to creating new green spaces in the city center of Kielce, where one of MA’s plants is located. They have planted more than 1,500 trees.
MA South Africa has planted 200 trees this year on the premises of their Plants. Most of them are Spekboom plants. The spekboom is also known as the elephant bush: this indigenous evergreen is an environmental miracle worker: it is an indigenous South African plant and is one of the best carbon sequestraters in the world (one hectare of Spekboom can sequester between 4 and 10 tonnes of carbon per year). This makes it a powerful tool in the fight against climate change and the move towards a zero-carbon world.
It is a semi-evergreen upright shrub or small tree, usually 2.5 - 4.5 meters tall and can live up to 200 years. It is also edible for humans, with a very high nutritional value, and is a favoured food of black rhinos, elephants and kudus. It provides not only food but also shelter to wildlife.