• ABB celebrates 30 years of operation in Hungary in October 2021
• To mark the occasion, ABB will fund the planting of 1,000 saplings in Pilis Park Forestry, which will contribute to the sequestration of up to 80 tonnes of carbon dioxide during their lifetime
• ABB aims to become carbon neutral in its own operations by 2030 by continuing to transition to renewable sources of energy, improving energy efficiency across its facilities, and converting its vehicle fleet to electric or other non-emitting alternatives.
ABB will celebrate 30 years of operation in Hungary in October 2021. ABB has always approached its business in a sustainable way, balancing the needs of society, the environment, and the economy. That is why ABB Hungary will mark this special milestone by planting 1,000 saplings to reinforce its commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
Planting of the seedlings will be carried out in Budaörs Kopárok (mountain area), by the Pilis Park Forestry team. In addition to native tree species such as mossy oak, flowering ash, field maple, common birch and big-leaved linden, foresters will also plant shrub species to increase biodiversity including cornel-berry and goat's rue, wild pear, and cheese-maple. The trees will contribute to the sequestration of up to 80 tons of carbon dioxide during their lifetime.
“Forests play a key role in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. At the same time, a more biodiverse forest that provides the habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species is more resilient, and less exposed to the negative impacts of climate change” said István Rittling, Head of Pilis Park Forestry.
In addition to the tree planting, ABB Hungary’s employees will be involved in cleaning the environment of Pilis Park Forestry. As a team-building program, they will also take part in a guided forest walk, where they will learn about the natural, cultural and historical values of the Park Forestry.
“Our 30th anniversary tree planting campaign aligns with ABB's 2030 Sustainability Strategy, in which the company is committed to partnering with its customers and suppliers to reduce their emissions and achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2030, in line with its ambition to achieve a low-carbon society,” said Krisztina Szilvási, Head of Communications at ABB Hungary.
The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that between 500 and 3,600 million metric tons of carbon dioxide would need to be removed from the atmosphere by 2050 through planting of new forests to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. ABB has also joined the Business Ambition for 1.5°C Campaign, a global coalition of UN agencies, companies and industry leaders to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C.
In line with ABB's strategy, ABB Hungary will clearly focus on the areas with the greatest impact on sustainability in the coming years. To achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2030, ABB aims to improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and operations. Where possible, it will continue to deploy energy management systems at its sites, using its own solutions, to see how it can optimize its offer and its collaboration with customers to meet sustainability targets. ABB already has more than 100 sites with energy management systems certified by independent third-party certification bodies or self-certified.
It has made a commitment to purchase electricity exclusively from renewable sources by 2030. In 2020, 32 percent of the electricity used by ABB was either certified green electricity or produced in the company's own photovoltaic power plants. The company also plans to convert its fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles to electric by 2030.
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