Going the extra mile in an effort to encourage sustainability and preserve the environment, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) recently held a tree planting programme hosted by the Malaysian Nature Society at Tanjung Tuan, Malacca.
The initiative was held in conjunction with the Raptor Watch 2023 event and is meant to align with the commitment of Toyota Motor Corporation to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 in every aspect of its business operations globally.
Primary efforts focus on ‘offsetting’ emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas that causes global warming to the extent that climate change is taking place. If climate changes become too severe, life on the planet will be at risk. Hence, the global efforts by governments and industries to take action immediately.
The UMW Green Shoots Initiative (UGS Initiative) is being taken as a way to offset CO2 emissions in Malaysia that supports the National 100 Million Trees Planting Campaign and also matches the three objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).
The event was carried out in conjunction with Raptor Watch 2023 at Tanjung Tuan in Malacca. It’s an annual event where the public can observe the departure of migratory birds; known as raptors, from their breeding grounds in Malaysia to the northern hemisphere.
Planting of mangrove saplings will assist the rehabilitation of the mangrove swamp ecosystem in Tanjung Tuan, which was destroyed as a result of an oil spill back in 2020.
Up to 6,100 trees will be planted by 250 volunteers comprising UMWT staff volunteers, students and teachers from University Putra Malaysia, Serdang (UPM) and Politeknik Port Dickson, Taylor's University as well as members of the public.
“UMW Toyota Motor is proud to be helping to rehabilitate and preserve the environment through the UMW Green Shoots Initiative. As a good corporate citizen, we can provide resources to support efforts in addressing climate change and achieving carbon neutrality,” said Datuk Ravindran K. President of UMWT.
“Additionally, we have been assembling Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Malaysia since 2022 and will announce further plans on the electrification of the Toyota product range,” he added.
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