A breath of fresh air
To celebrate our 2019 milestone of installing over 100,000 charging points across the world, we pledged to give back to our planet by planting one tree for every new EVBox charging point placed.
To turn this promise into a reality, we teamed up with global reforestation charity, OneTreePlanted. Over the remainder of 2019, we planted over 6,000 trees to help clean the air and absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere.
But we didn’t stop there! To account for the chargers we placed in 2018, we also planted 15,000 trees across California and Portugal—and even sent some passionate EVBoxers to Portugal to help us reach this target. Read on to learn more about the tree planting projects we're involved in.
Tackling the climate crisis one tree at a time
Trees help to clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80 percent of the world's terrestrial biodiversity. They also provide jobs for over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25 percent of all medicines.
One Tree Planted is a non-profit environmental charity on a mission of global reforestation. Partnering with them has allowed us to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity, and help reforestation around the world—all by planting trees! Here's more about the projects we're involved in:
Due to the loss of habitat and increasing pollution, salmon numbers in the Pacific Ocean are diminishing. As orcas rely on salmon for nearly 80 percent of their diet, they too are impacted. One Tree Planted is planting trees along rivers and streams of the Pacific Northwest to reduce pollution and improve the health and quantity of salmon thereby increasing food accessibility for the Orcas.
In 2015, rampant fires burned and destroyed more than 30,000 hectares of forest in the Kalimantan region in Borneo. One Tree Planted is working to restore areas affected by these fires, as well as those threatened by the palm oil industry and illegal mining operations.
Due to the relentless expansion into mangrove forest areas, as well as near-constant cyclones and storms caused by climate change, the Indian Sunderbans has suffered huge losses of forest cover. One Tree Planted is working to restore the mangrove forests which are vital for Indian coastal communities and local and global food security.
The impact of deforestation has been felt throughout the Philippines, causing food shortages, poor water quality, landslides, and the destruction of wildlife habitat. One Tree Planted is working to replant forest on the island of Mindanao in the protected landscape of Mt. Matutum.
Over-exploitation of the land in Vietnam has endangered many native species of plants, animals and has increased the impact of natural disasters. One Tree Planted is planting trees here to conserve threatened species, regulate climate, provide economic stability for local villagers, and protect watershed areas that serve the community.
This project focuses on the intersection between women's empowerment, indigenous rights, and ecological restoration in Ecuador. One Tree Planted is working with an Indigenous Women's association which aims to employ Sapara women to plant 150,000 trees in nine Sapara communities the Amazonian Rainforest.
Climate change and shifts in agricultural practices have left large swathes of Romania's lowlands abandoned leading to soil erosion and degradation of the landscape. One Tree Planted is working to convert this land into healthy forests and is raising awareness about the importance of proper land management to ensure these forests are well maintained.
Talla and Gameshope in Scotland is an inherently infertile region devastated by deforestation centuries ago. One Tree Planted is working to restore the native woodlands which will provide valuable habitat for plants, and animals. The new woods will also have a much greater capacity to sequester and store carbon, therefore helping to mitigate climate change.
British Columbia, Canada
Forests cover two-thirds of British Columbia—an area of almost 60 million hectares. In summer, 2017, the region experienced its worst wildfire in history, burning over 1.2 million hectares. One Tree Planted is working to restore the affected areas.
We encourage other companies to take part in initiatives to help our planet. If you'd like to contribute, you can plant a tree in just a few clicks!
Australian bushfire relief
To help Australia recover from the devastating bushfires that ravaged the country earlier this year, we ran an internal fundraiser.
Thanks to generous donations from our employees, we raised over €2500. EVBox Group then matched that amount and distributed it equally between St Vincent de Paul Society, Wildlife Victoria, and OneTreePlanted to help the people, animals, and nature recover from the disaster.