Carbon dioxide (CO2) is
an important greenhouse gas that helps to trap heat in our atmosphere. Without
it, our planet would be inhospitably cold. However, increasing CO2 concentrations
in the atmosphere will cause the average global temperature to rise, disrupting
other aspects of the earth’s climate.
GREL, as an implementer of ISO 14001,
coupled with the implementation of international standards on biodiversity, HCV
and the protection of water bodies, is putting measures in place for effective
environmental systems. For more than a decade it has banned all forms of burning
in its industrial plantation during its development or planting activities, and
in 2012 reserved about 200 hectares of forest at Awodua Plantation, which is
used by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for research by
students of the Department of Natural Resource.
The latest action GREL took to
help reduce the emission of CO2 in its operation is using tricycles to evacuate
cup lumps instead of Trucks to reduce the emission of CO2.
Recent studies show a reduction of
51.3 tonnes, representing 52% of CO2 emissions, in the 1st
semester of the year since using Motor Tricycle.
This innovation aims to reduce GREL’s
carbon footprint by over 100 tonnes by the end of the year 2023.