Co-Benefits of Reforestation
When you choose trees as a sustainability and carbon strategy, you go well beyond carbon sequestration. Trees provide a number of benefits in addition to providing the carbon credits that other carbon credit products cannot. Manufacturing and supply chain practices are becoming increasingly green in a way that is measurable and impactful as regulation, brand image, and consumer and investment demand drive companies’ sustainability practices.
Companies that want to stay ahead of the curve often have to adopt a combined approach that includes:
- Reduction: decreasing footprint through increased efficiency
- Offsetting: planting trees to take down what you put up
- Alternate resources: sourcing materials and using practices that are more sustainable
This multi-pronged approach will improve a company’s image and yield significant benefits to its bottom line.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be accomplished by 2030. The UN describes these goals as: “… an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.” At the center of these goals are efforts to tackle climate change and preserve our oceans and forests.
That’s where you come in. As buyers, you are critical to our mission to restore forests around the world and take decisive action on climate change through our carbon financing program. Study after study shows that forests are the most viable, cost-effective means for fighting climate change now and in the future. They not only help us protect our planet, but the act of scaling our reforestation efforts through our unique model helps us build resilient communities, support biodiversity and wildlife, and provide jobs.
An action that you take now to support reforestation through GreenTrees will have a longstanding impact on the earth for generations to come. While reforestation may only be one component of your company’s commitment to sustainability, we believe that it may be the most effective one. Reforestation is the most viable climate mitigation solutions available today. When done to scale, its impact can be enormous for the environment and all the species that are part of our ecological system.
Reforestation, avoided conversion (keeping a land from being converted to agricultural or wood production uses), and improved forest management are all natural climate solutions that make up the three forestry carbon credit types. Among them, reforestation and land use have the potential to make up a third of the total climate solution by 2030.