The Collut Group, which is actively working on greenhouse gas emissions (-31.4% by 2020, in terms of rotation), has more than 10,000 hectares of forest – good for more than 12 million trees – in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this way, the Colruyt team wants to equalize the live stream that cannot be reduced in a timely manner, and wants to compensate for them. The goal is to capture 120,000 tons of CO by 2030 and therefore improve to zero emissions. An investment budget of up to ሚሊዮን 8 million will be realized in the Group CO₂ reduction plan in collaboration with local communities. This is how Colruyt Group seeks to bring about real and tangible change in society and the planet in the long run.
Extensive program in collaboration with the local community
Investing in forestry – absorbing emissions
Collarite Group is working to reduce direct CO2 Released for years and still continues. As a reminder, In 2019, the group announced its intention to reduce its direct emissions by 40% compared to 2008 (by 2030).Greenhouse Gas Protocol 1 and 2, in connection with the change). Therefore, Colruyt Group will continue to invest heavily in its plans for the coming years, particularly in the areas of cooling, heating, coverage and transportation. With Eli Energy and general holding company Vria Energy, the team is working on the development of renewable energy sources, which include “abandoned” CO.2 Releases.
Jeff Corvette, General Manager Colruyt GroupBut we want to do more. As a retailer, we provide food for hundreds of thousands of families every day. Because of the nature of our activities, we are responsible for CO2 Release that we cannot immediately reduce. So we want to compensate for those direct emissions. And we are actively doing this by investing in forest planting.
Retail includes bringing products to the customer. This activity now represents 115,000 tons of CO2 Direct Releases (2020). Jef Colruyt continues: We have approximately 600 grams of CO emissions per customer2. And now we want to bring that release to zero. We are investing ሚሊዮን 8 million to make it possible to capture 120,000 tons of CO2 A.D. By 2030, it will be associated with 200 million visits to the store. The team is determined to invest in this big project with a focus on positive long-term results. At the same time, this forest development project will add value to the local communities.
Democratic Republic of Congo – Countless Opportunities
Choosing a forest will soon require a large, available space. The Democratic Republic of Congo has the world’s second-largest tropical forest. But because the forests there are under pressure, the efforts of the people in terms of conservation, rehabilitation and planting are needed. In December 2020, President Felix-Antoine Tishisekedi launched a national planting program of “1 billion trees by 2023” that the Colluten team wanted to contribute. Jeff Colight:With partners in Congo, we plan to plant 10,000 hectares – more than twice the size of zoningwood – in three years.. ”
The Colorado group already has long-standing ties to the Democratic Republic of Congo. First of all, there are well-established colloquial exports in the console families and business relationships through the distribution of daily and Bonnie selections. But in the areas of production and training, in partnership, in recent years, a sustainable chain has been set up in the Kiev region in collaboration with Riccoto, which ensures fair prices and stable sales opportunities for coffee farmers. . Starting in 2018, a training project will be implemented in the region by the Collibri Foundation, Colruyt Group.
Long-term collaboration with strong partners and local communities
Such a project takes time. »And we can’t do this on our own, Says Jef Colruyt.We are well-placed to take the necessary steps together and ensure that this project is a success for all concerned. Previously involved in forestry, local cadmi and faja lobby are recommended by NGOs. We are also working with JUREC, a law firm in Kinshasa that oversees contracts and licenses.. ”In Belgium, the Collective Group can rely on scientific knowledge at the University of Gantt, the Meisa Botanical Garden and the African Museum.
The most important partners in the project are undoubtedly the local communities. Deforestation as an anchor point The Kolut Group’s goal is to invest in the local population over the next two to three years through training and the creation of a few hundred local jobs. Agreements have also been made to establish new training courses in forest management and agriculture and to develop tree plantations. In the long run, this will lead to more sustainable, forest-friendly agriculture. Collarite Group consults with communities and contributes to sustainable infrastructure with social objectives. The Beginner Technical * team, which specializes in managing the most innovative projects in the Colruyt team, will be responsible for coordinating and organizing this project. It also provides permanent residency in the region.
Jeff Corvette concludes:We have been pursuing a long-term strategy since its inception. This is also here – we are launching a project that will last for decades – in particular, we can extend it for 25 years after that. We are taking a new step here and want to have as many positive experiences as possible. We are confident that with this project we will be able to make a significant impact on the site by collaborating with local communities. Both ecologically and economically and socially.
In Belgium – deforestation compensation and biodiversity rehabilitation
Trees contain CO2 (Carbon dioxide) and put it in the biomass. And that’s not just their efficiency – they ensure good soil quality and provide natural habitat for insects, birds and other animals, thereby improving biodiversity. Colruyt’s team is not the first to plant a tree. Each year, the team grows an average of 317 trees for deforestation (for example, when a new store is built), systematically doubling the forest area. The team has planted approximately 3,000 trees in the Halebos extension, where users are encouraged to exchange the card for the app due to the Exsta campaign. Colruyt Group also strategically invests in green areas around its sites.
1 billion trees by 2023
A.D. In 2023, Felix-Antoine Tishisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, initiated 1 billion trees to fight climate change. The goal By 2023, 14 million hectares of rainforest will be regenerated and offset by 3,150 million tons of CO.2. The campaign is betting on many aspects
Sustainable agriculture on 1 million hectares of land;
Empower 2 million women;
Involve 1 million youth (school children) in climate change and eco-entrepreneurship;
Lift 10 million Congolese out of poverty;
Improve living conditions in 15,000 villages (drinking water, electricity, infrastructure, etc.).
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About Smart Techniques
Smart Techniques is an innovative startup in the Colruyt team from innovation to performance. The team provides a wide range of services, from engineering and project management to design and implementation of technological solutions, to shop area and logistics centers, and production operations.