"It's Time for the Forest" (“Czas na las” in Polish) is a program pioneered by the Aeris Futuro Foundation aimed at counteracting climate change by neutralizing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. A leader in the field of carbon offsets in Poland, the foundation and its partners have been planting trees for 16 years. This year, the AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG transport and logistics group joined the program to minimize the negative impact of CO2 emissions on the environment and protect the earth’s climate.
On November 18, 2021, AsstrA volunteers in Poland planted 190 lime trees around the Jagiellonian University's manor complex in Haller’s Valley (Polanka Hallera), a village 21 km south-west of Krakow, Poland. The trees offset 14 tons of CO2 emissions. The initiative was in line with the company’s corporate social responsibility development strategy.
"Over 16 years, together with the foundation's partners, we have planted nearly 2 million trees. This year's planting season ended in late November. New species of 43,087 trees and 6,125 shrubs have enriched the ecosystems of national parks, the Stołowe Mountains, the Lewin Kłodzki administrative district, and the Jagiellonian University. I am happy that we have joined forces with AsstrA to minimize the negative impact of CO2 emissions on the environment. I look forward to working with the company again next year," shares Marek Piątkowski, the President of the Aeris Futuro Foundation.
AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG started this year’s planting season in April in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Belarus. In the autumn, the company's offices in Poland joined in to help forestry efforts near Krakow. Next year, other AsstrA sites are planning to get engaged as well.
"Logistics is a fundamental part of modern economy. Transport plays a key role in supply chains, but unfortunately not without an environmental cost. The carbon footprint of vehicles contributes to global climate changes, endangers the environment, and can put human life at risk. The first step in counteracting the climate crisis is to invest in strengthening the environment," sums up Kamila Rynkiewicz, Marketing Specialist at AsstrA.