7 Years & 21,500 Trees Later

Since 2005, more than 21,500 native trees* have been planted in Australia by Greenfleet on behalf of AE Smith to offset over 5,500 tonnes CO2-e generated by fleet and air travel

4 Jan 2013


AE Smith has implemented new tools to reduce emissions (like video conferencing) and is committed to offset the remaining emissions associated with fleet and air travel with Australia’s most respected carbon offset not-for-profit organisation Greenfleet.

“It is a fantastic achievement,” says Greenfleet CEO Sara Gipton. “Seven years is a long time, and we are pleased to see the difference AE Smith has been making on the ground by helping Greenfleet to remove carbon and restore biodiverse forests.”

The mix of native trees planted or sown on behalf of AE Smith is spread across a few sites in Victoria and growing really well. The biodiverse forests they form part of have recorded a high level of wildlife and insect activity, which is a sign of good health and performance.

Sara Gipton thanked AE Smith for their long-term commitment and support, “we’re glad to celebrate this 7th year of working together and we look forward to planting more trees on behalf of AE Smith.”

* The word ‘trees” & ‘planted’ are used to represent 0.268 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2-e) and does represent a physical tree. 0.268 tonnes of CO2-e is the average amount of greenhouse gas emissions absorbed by trees within Greenfleet’s forests, but realistically this varies according to species selection, planting density, geographic location and other specific site criteria. Greenfleet’s aim is to achieve an average of 268 t CO2-e per hectare over 20 years – to achieve this Greenfleet plant forests at an initial rate of between 750 and 1,200 stems per hectare. This number of trees is a reasonable estimate of the number of trees required to be initially planted to sequester the total quantity of carbon purchased and takes into account that not all trees initially planted will survive due to the natural survival rate of trees. Accordingly, trees that do not survive following initial plantation may not necessarily be replanted. Greenfleet’s commitment to recapture carbon on behalf of their supporters involves the management of native forests across all their planting sites. Greenfleet’s forest pool is forecast to meet its overall carbon commitments to supporters.

The ultimate reason for planting these trees is to create healthy forests that recapture carbon from the atmosphere.

Greenfleet works to create forests in areas of environmental concern, putting back (where possible) the mix of native species that would have been present in the local area prior to land clearing.

Visit www.greenfleet.com.au for more information.