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

We intensify our sustainability efforts and present a new partner that supports our efforts to preserve a livable planet with heart and soul. Planted is one of the most exciting impact startups based in Cologne with a clear mission: to preserve the earth for future generations, plants and animals. Their mixed forest project, for example, reforests mixed forests throughout Germany.

The company also supports climate protection projects globally. Projects to generate sustainable energy are supported in Thailand and Brazil, for example. With extensive criteria for compliance with high quality standards as well as regular updates on projects on its website, Planted offers its partners a detailed overview of the progress of the projects.

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. supported climate
protection projects

Through various climate protection projects, PLANTED contributes to reducing the greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere. Based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which we integrate into our daily actions and thinking, we concretely classify our climate protection projects. Therefore, in addition to our active tree planting projects, we would like to support international climate protection projects that deal with sustainable power and energy generation through natural resources. We are involved in the following active projects:

  • Electricity via waste heat in India
  • Electricity via hydropower in Chile
  • Electricity via biomass in India
  • Energy via hydropower in Indonesia
  • Wind power in India

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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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