West Yorkshire firm is “rooted” to planting for the planet

A West Yorkshire firm is marking Wednesday’s World Environment Day by unveiling a new initiative to plant 1,500 trees as part of a wider action plan to reduce its carbon footprint.

The first saplings have already been planted by the Leo Group at the environmental specialists’ headquarters at Swalesmoor, Halifax, as well as its Omega Proteins plant at Thornton, Bradford.

Each tree planted will ultimately remove over 570 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year – a total of more than 850,000 pounds.

According to Government research, that is the equivalent of emissions coming from more than 16,000 propane barbecue cylinders or the annual gas emissions of over 80 cars, or emissions from the annual energy use of 20 homes.

Brian Maguire, Group Planning Manager, said:

“Tree planting is an internationally recognised way to remove excess carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas responsible for dangerous climate change.

“We carry out a diverse range of environmental activities and are committed to explore every opportunity to create a sustainable future.

“In common with other like-minded businesses, we are committed to investing in the Calderdale and Bradford communities where we operate – not just in providing employment and a boost to the local economy, but also in making the world a greener place to live in.

“The planting of so many trees will add another dimension to our action plan by helping to absorb any unavoidable carbon emissions and caring for the environment.”

For more ways to back United Nations World Environment Day, please visit www.unep.org

The Leo Group’s community engagement officer Catherine Horn marks the start of a programme to plant 1,500 trees at its Bradford and Halifax operations to mark World Environment Day



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