Trees for Transport planting initiative to launch in NZ

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 13, 2022

A new initiative to help move New Zealand into a cleaner future is launching in New Zealand, aiming to help the transport sector do its part.

Trees for Transport, with charity partner Trees That Count, is raising funds to plant native trees along New Zealand’s network of walking and cycling trails.

Through donations, drivers and fleet operators can sponsor the planting of a tree for $10, which will help absorb CO2 emissions generated in the transport sector.

Although slower-growing, it was important that Trees for Transport focuses on native rather than exotic trees.

“Even when carbon-based fuels are a thing of the past, native species will continue to enrich ecosystems, provide shelter and food for native fauna, purify the air we breathe and beautify our natural surrounds,” the organisation said.

“Cycling and walking trails were chosen as our main planting sites to enhance New Zealand’s outdoor experience for future generations of Kiwis and visitors to explore and enjoy.”

Trees for Transport was the brainchild of foundation partner, Ando Insurance. As a recent signatory of the Climate Leaders Coalition, Ando have made a strong commitment to being carbon neutral in its own operations.

“Our commitment to making a positive impact on the wellbeing of New Zealanders is the purpose that underpins everything we do at Ando,” said Therese Singleton, chief operating officer at Ando.

“You cannot separate our environment from that, so founding Trees for Transport made perfect sense for us. These trees, and the benefits they bring, are a key part of our nation’s insurance policy.”

Working with Trees That Count and community planting groups, Ando is donating 10,000 trees each year to an array of planting projects. By leading this initiative, they are anticipating that many of their transport partners and insurance customers will join them through making their own tree donations.