Ovo Energy, a UK energy supplier, in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) are striving to make our world greener by planting over 250,000 trees across the UK.
It has been warned that the UK is likely to be suffering from deforestation. Only 1,500 hectares of woods were planted in England last year – campaigners warned the figure was far below the 5,000 hectares a year needed to increase England’s woodland cover to 12 per cent by 2060, an ambition set out by the Government.
Ovo Energy and TCV have committed to facilitating the environmental and social benefits of a cleaner, greener future through the creation of their sustainability initiative “I Dig Trees”. The initiative seeks to engage communities by educating them on the multiple ways they can get involved and help to create healthy, happy communities across the country by planting trees.
Members of local communities can register their own group or join another group of community volunteers. Ovo Energy and TVC have created a variety of tree packs that are available free of charge that volunteers can request and use to plant trees. Since 2015, they have already distributed and planted 160,000 trees across the UK across 427 different sites; they have saved 80,000 tones of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere, and they have accumulated over 43,000 volunteer hours.
This story shows how Ovo Energy supports Goal 15: Life on Land, specifically Target 15.2: “By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally.”
Ovo Energy is a leading independent energy supplier based in Bristol, England. Despite only being founded in 2009 they already have over 680,000 customers and their reach is set to grow even further. They work with the community at the forefront of their agenda and was even voted the UK’s 20th best company to work for in 2017!