Environment

Mangrove Restoration

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL), has signed a memorendum of understanding (MoU) with the Mangrove and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (MMBCF),  an autonomous society that assists the state government in mangrove and marine biodiversity conservation. The company has partnered with the Mangrove Foundation for restoration of degraded mangrove forests in Alibaug, coastal town of Raigad, Maharashtra. The project aims at restoration of degraded mangrove areas, ensuring the survival of existing mangroves and increasing its acreage through plantation of mangrove saplings. SAVWIPL has committed INR 3.08 crore over a period of 7 years for this project.

Our commitment for restoration of 100 hectares of Mangrove forests in Alibaug, Maharashtra extends to November 2027. We have specific financial commitments for each of the 7 years.  The total financial commitment for 7 years is INR 30,823, 600.

While planting of  ~ 550,000 saplings of 8 different mangrove species was completed in 2019-2020, the focus for the rest of the period is on maintaining the saplings planted  with at least 80% survival rate, and development of nursery for casualty replacement.  The various activities including nursery, maintenance and security will employ around 300 people.  The Mangrove and Marine Bio-diversity Conservation Foundation will oversee the project.

We are planning a separate activity on measuring carbon sequestration potential  and this is expected between this year and next (2022) for the 100 hectares and this will be done with the help of a third-party.

 

Oxygen Park

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL) expanded its Oxygen Park in Shendre, Aurangabad which was opened in December 2019. The strategically located park was inaugurated with over 15,000 densely planted plants and trees, and another 10,000 saplings were added on 24th September, 2020.

These trees to its best growth aims at generating over 3250 tonnes of oxygen every year with a capacity to sequester upto 600 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The oxygen park has 49 varieties of saplings that include 22,500 avenue and border plants like Tiger Almanda, Red Gulmohar, Silver Oak and 2500 fragrant plants like Erica Palm and Dwarf Kanher.

The initiative reiterates SAVWIPL’s commitment towards defined sustainable development goals of conserving nature and climate action.