Ecosia, the non-profit search engine has launched a new tree planning service for businesses.
Under the Ecosia Trees service, businesses can plant a minimum of 10,000 trees which will be monitored and protected to ensure their survival.
The project will allow companies to fund high-quality tree planting at scale across the world.
Companies can invest in the service as part of their corporate social responsibility goals, with each tree costing €1 to plant and protect.
Ecosia currently supports 60 tree-planting projects in over 30 countries, they work closely with vetted NGOs and tree-planting organisations.
Trees planted by Ecosia are monitored for at least three years, this is done by using geotagged images and polygons, as well as remote sensing technology.
If any tree doesn’t survive within its first three years, Ecosia will replace it at no extra cost.
Christian Kroll, CEO and founder of Ecosia, said: ‘Companies are stepping up their net-zero commitments and the proven way to give back to the Earth and help fight the climate crisis is through tree planting.
‘Our new Ecosia Trees service provides an opportunity for businesses to commit to an effective, sustainable way to regenerate the planet.
‘Our team of reforestation experts ensures each tree is planted, monitored and supported throughout its growth cycle, so it not only absorbs CO2 but protects wildlife, combats erosion and boosts local economies.’
Pieter van Midwoud, chief tree planting officer at Ecosia, added: ‘Over the past decade we’ve built up a diversified and highly effective tree-planting portfolio.
‘But if we want to continue to combat the climate crisis and empower communities around the world, we can’t do this alone. Ecosia Trees will allow us to accelerate our commitment to planting mixed forests in biodiverse hotspots to restore degraded land, provide shade and income to people, and protect endangered wildlife.’
In related news, late last year Environment Journal spoke to Sophie Dembinski, UK country manager of search engine Ecosia to find out how to mitigate the environmental impact of our mindless internet searches.