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WSS's CO2 Compensation Program cooperating with JTI Vietnam

The "C to the Power of 3" CO2 Compensation solution was developed by Water Solutions International. We are happy to report our latest Project in cooperation with JTI Vietnam.

Bamboo planting in combination with wastewater treatment is the latest project in the Net Zero Carbon Emissions Program - a key program of JTI Vietnam's 2020 sustainable development strategy.

With the goal of keeping the company's CO2 emissions to zero, JTI Vietnam has successfully organized three major projects: Planting trees in Xuan Son National Park to offset carbon from office activities; Green Office Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and this project - Planting 3 hectares of bamboo forests to offset CO2 from tobacco production activities of JTI Vietnam in 2019.

The concept of the project was developed by Water Solutions International – a non-governmental and non-profit organization specializing in the field of Water & Sanitation as well as the management of CO2 offset projects and the Thanh Hoa Bamboo Association. In addition, JTI Vietnam also cooperates with Vinataba Thanh Hoa Company, who’s JTI’s local partner to organize the implementation and call for volunteers for the project.

Representatives from Vinataba Thanh Hóa, JTI Vietnam, Lasuco, Water Solutions SEA, Thanh Hoa Bamboo Association (from left to right)

In this project, JTI Vietnam invest in biomass production, use CO2 capturing mechanism with bamboo plantations, then completely remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Another important part of the project is to treat wastewater from a restaurant and entertainment area nearby. The treated wastewater will be served for irrigation purposes of the newly planted bamboo forest.

Thereby, JTI Vietnam not only completely removes carbon footprints from tobacco production activities of enterprises, but also creates many other positive impacts on the environment such as ground restoration after open-pit mining, improving biodiversity, securing water resources and minimizing soil erosion.

On October 1, JTI Vietnam deployed bamboo planting activities at Thanh Tam Bamboo Ecological Park with the representatives of the Board of Directors and staff of JTI Vietnam, with the support of volunteers from project partners. 3 hectares of bamboo forest newly planted in an area dedicated to storing and developing rare bamboo varieties in the country, JTI Vietnam can offset 156 tons of CO2 - equivalent to CO2 emissions from production activities. tobacco export of JTI at Thanh Hoa Factory as reported in 2019.

“As a business that is always aiming for sustainable development, JTI Vietnam understands our responsibility to minimize the environmental impact and help the community. With this project of Planting Bamboo for CO2 capture and offsetting, we were able to completely remove the carbon footprint from JTI Vietnam's tobacco production, while also creating many positive social values to the local community, and above all, raise awareness of environmental protection for all employees of the business" - Mr. Corrado Mautone, General Director of JTI Vietnam, shared.

Mr. Corrado Mautone, General Director of JTI Vietnam

“The project of planting bamboo to capture and offset CO2 is a project with a completely new idea that was recently researched and built by Water Solutions. Bamboo can grow rapidly and absorb huge amounts of CO2 emissions in just a short time. By selective harvesting focusing only on the individual columns or stems of each bamboo tree, continuous carbon storage can be ensured and the need to avoid repeated replanting of the bamboo forest. Water Solutions is happy to cooperate with JTI Vietnam on this project, to join hands to create many positive values ​​for the environment”- Mr. Frank Pogade, Director of Water Solutions said.

“We really appreciate the JTI Vietnam effort on this project of planting 3 hectares of bamboo forest in Thanh Tam Bamboo Ecological Park. We will strive to continue to plant and nurture bamboo forests so that we can ensure many positive impacts on the ecological environment and local communities. Through the exploitation of this bamboo forest, local people can earn extra income to improve their quality of life, while at the same time raise awareness about forest protection, water and public health” - Mr. Le Van Tam, Chairman of Thanh Hoa Bamboo and Bamboo Association shared.

“Thus, JTI Vietnam is successful in fully offsetting CO2 emissions from the production and office activities in 2019. In the coming time, we commit to continue to maintain the sustainable development goals and will try to implement more optimal projects to minimize environmental impact "- Mr. Corrado added.

Volunteers from JTI are planting bamboo on the field.

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