Today Aldi Ireland pledged to support the planting of one million native Irish woodland trees around the country over the next four years, as part of its long-term commitment towards the environment.
The discounter noted that it is the first retailer in Ireland to commit to this level of partnership with the Department of Agriculture’s Woodland Environment Fund (WEF), an initiative under which Irish businesses can partner with landowners and the department to help create new native woodlands in Ireland.
Speaking at the event, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD said, “We have set ambitious targets as a country to plant 440 million trees by 2040, equating to 22 million native trees each year.
“Encouraging our native Irish biodiversity to flourish is highly important, and I am delighted to see a company such as Aldi supporting the Department of Agriculture-led Woodland Environment Fund,” he added.
According to Aldi, planting one million native trees will remove more than 160,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over a 100-year period.
To put this in context, this equates to roughly 640 million kilometres driven by an average passenger vehicle (or the emissions from about 400 cars each year), 68 million litres of petrol consumed, or 20 billion smartphones charged – enough to charge all of Ireland’s smartphones almost 47 times over each year, it noted.
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