Allied – making a positive impact with Grow my Tree

Allied – making a positive impact with Grow my Tree

We are all aware of the climate crisis that the whole world is facing as huge amounts of greenhouse gases caused by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas increase the greenhouse effect and the Earth’s temperature.

There’s also a relatively wide awareness of measures proposed by various governments to combat global warming – witness the push for people to switch to electric vehicles as we prepare for production of petrol and diesel engines to end in less than a decade.

Nobody is more environmentally aware than Peter Facenna, Allied’s Managing Director and, as changes are already being made to improve the company’s green credentials, he decided to take it further with a tree-planting initiative.

He told staff Allied intended to plant a tree for every vehicle, scooter and powerchair that’s sold, and for every new member of staff that joins the company.

“We want to do our bit for the environment, as it’s incredibly important to us. We want to offset our carbon footprint,” said Peter.

“And to celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re also going to plant a tree for every member of staff currently employed.

Allied are working with a company called Grow My Tree, which plants trees specifically aimed at reducing global warming.

When choosing where to plant trees, they pay particular attention to the content of the projects they support and local social conditions.

Grow My Tree also helps reduce extreme poverty and restore healthy ecosystems by planting trees in cooperation with partners from Haiti to Nepal, Madagascar and Malawi.

“We manufacture and we generate a lot of CO2,” says Peter. “There’s a large part of my focus now on the transition to EVs and with all of that it’s great to be able to do something to reduce our carbon footprint.

“Alfie Kennedy who heads up our stores team is a big part of that. He’s been doing a lot in terms of recyclability.

“The biggest thing we’ve been working on progressing is our recycling. We do so much more of that than we used to in segregating our waste and so on, so we are doing a lot more of that.”