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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

EU Commission Plants 5000 Trees

The European Commission in Tanzania last week launched the first ever tree planting programme at a tea research institute in Iringa in southern Tanzania to 'offset the carbon emissions caused by its European offices, Umoja House, in Dar es Salaam. The tree planting ceremony was held at the Igoda Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT) at Mufindi in Iringa region as the European office's carbon footprint in Tanzania. It has pledged to plant 5000 seedling annually to help reduce carbon emissions. In a joint tree planting launching ceremony by the Head of the Delegation of European Union in Tanzania, Ambassador Tim Clarke and Professor Bruno Ndunguru, Executive Director at TRIT's Igoda demonstration farm in Mufindi, they launched the first ever tree planting programme that aims at offsetting the carbon emissions from the jointly owned (EU) diplomatic block of 'Umoja House' in Dar es Salaam. Umoja House, home to five diplomatic offices, is undertaking this project after an energy audit revealed that the diplomatic block's 300 staff were creating about 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year from air conditioning and incineration of waste. It would take the equivalent of 5,145 trees every year to offset these emissions, Ambassador Clarke said.

Source: Allafrica