PLANTED

AGT Bus- & Eventlogistik in the fight
against climate change with PLANTED

We are stepping up our sustainability efforts and presenting a new partner that wholeheartedly supports our efforts to preserve a livable planet. PLANTED is one of the most exciting impact startups in the field of convenience food with a mission to preserve the earth for future generations, plants and animals. With delicious meat substitutes, the company from Switzerland wants to conquer the market since 2019 – and above all improve the world.

Through its non-profit organization PLANTED.green, PLANTED enables other companies to participate in reforestation projects throughout Germany. In this way, climate-stable mixed forests are created or further developed, which make up an important part of Germany’s natural vegetation.

Many of our German forests have long since been cleared or have been converted to monoculture forests, which are currently severely threatened or already infested by diseases and parasites. We are now seeing the consequences in many German forests, where masses of spruce are falling victim to the bark beetle.

We have already had positive experiences with reforestation projects in the past. Last year we were able to support local reforestation projects near Hamburg and planted 1000 trees. In this article we would like to explain how sensible reforestation is and what function forests have apart from ensuring the habitat for millions of animals.

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„Die AGT Bus- & Eventlogistik feels responsible to contribute to the climate crisis on its own initiative. In the future, permanent cooperations are planned that will make an active contribution to environmental and climate protection in Germany by planting trees and reforesting forests.”

Heike Januzi-Schlatermund, Chief Executive Officer

1. Planting
trees in Germany

The German forest is not doing well. In the period from January 2018 to April 2021, around 501,000 hectares of tree loss were recorded in Germany – almost five percent of the total forest area in the German Federal Republic. The main triggers for this are the severe heat and drought periods and the infestation of the bark beetle as a result of climate change.

According to a study by ETH Zurich, planting trees is one of the most important measures in the fight against the climate crisis. Worldwide, we have an area of 900 million hectares that could be forested. Reforested, it could absorb two-thirds of man-made CO₂ emissions.

By reforesting the German forest, we aim to counteract forest dieback, because the global climate doesn’t care where the trees are planted. In addition, we are giving our forest impetus to prepare for the future and against climate change. You and your company also benefit: Because you have the opportunity to provide local environmental protection and visit the planted trees at any time.

2. Forests and
their superpowers

In addition to serving as a habitat for many plants and animals and storing carbon, forests perform other important functions from which we humans also benefit.

  • Protection from avalanches and erosion
  • Balancing temperature fluctuations and increasing humidity: This is how forests near cities promote better and cooler air
  • Rockfall and soil slides are prevented by the strong root penetration of the soil
  • Regulation of the water balance and important drinking water filter
  • Noise protection
  • Recreational space for us people
  • Air filter: Our forests filter around 50 tons of soot and dust from the atmosphere each year

3. The forest as
an active CO₂ reservoir

Forests fulfill one of the most important climate functions: They are a gigantic carbon store. Trees and forests draw CO₂ from the atmosphere and store the carbon (C) in the wood and forest soil.

Just under half (46.8%) of the total carbon is sequestered by the forest floor with its humus and litter cover, followed by the so-called standing wood (28.9%), the other woody biomass such as shrubs and bushes (16.0%) and the underground biomass with 8.3%.

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