At this time of year, with the festive holiday period ending, many of us turn to thoughts of making plans and resolutions for the new year and, significantly this year, to a new decade. At SHV Energy the plans began back in December 2019 when it was decided to give employees a gift with a difference that sent a seasonal message of sustainability and a greener future. "We strive to engage every employee to contribute to our sustainability performance, turning their individual behaviour into collective impact" explains Frank Rietdijk, Group Sustainability Manager at SHV Energy.
A gift with a difference for all SHV Energy head office staff
Working with the Dutch company The Corekees Foundation, SHV Energy gave all head office employees a gift of a planted tree, in their name. The Foundation offer this unique scheme to allow participants to help a programme of growing carbon-compensating, fuel producing trees. The ‘Pogmania’ trees that were planted, are known for their ability to absorb CO2, while the nuts produced by the trees contain crude oil. This oil can be refined, with the nuts also providing a source of protein feed for livestock.
"We strive to engage every employee to contribute to our sustainability performance, turning their individual behaviour into collective impact"
Environmental benefits and exponential growth
The environmental benefits from the scheme are significant and perfectly fit with the SHV Energy stated ambition of increasing the supply of renewable bio-based energy.
The oil produced from the nuts from the tree is a renewable fuel, and a direct green alternative to fossil fuels providing CO2 compensation. Profit is also generated from the scheme and SHV Energy decided to reinvest all these harvesting profits into growing new trees. This way, the environmental impact improves exponentially over time.
With the chosen location in Latin America, it also contributes to active reforestation and supports the local economy with the production of renewable fuels and protein feed.
Individuals can ‘track’ their own tree
The figures are impressive, just 10 trees planted can compensate for 6,000 km by car or by aircraft a 10-hour flight time. To monitor this a personal certificate was handed out to each employee, making it possible to track down each tree individually and see how much CO2 is captured over time.
A great, green resolution for 2020 – Happy New Year!