Vwga Employees Drive Biodiversity Efforts On Biodiversity Day

VWGA Employees Drive Biodiversity Efforts on Biodiversity Day

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Volkswagen Expands Its Green InitiativesEmployees Lead the Charge in Biodiversity Awareness Achieving a Zero Impact Factory extends beyond the adoption of renewable energy and water conservation; it also encompasses efforts to enhance biodiversity. In celebration of Biodiversity Day on May 22, Volkswagen Group Africa (VWGA) employees took an active role by planting Plumbago Auriculata, commonly…

Vwga Employees Drive Biodiversity Efforts On Biodiversity Day

Volkswagen Expands Its Green Initiatives
Employees Lead the Charge in Biodiversity Awareness

Achieving a Zero Impact Factory extends beyond the adoption of renewable energy and water conservation; it also encompasses efforts to enhance biodiversity.

In celebration of Biodiversity Day on May 22, Volkswagen Group Africa (VWGA) employees took an active role by planting Plumbago Auriculata, commonly known as Cape Plumbago, at the main production plant in Kariega. This stunning indigenous flower, with its vibrant blue hue, is rich in nectar and plays a crucial ecological role by attracting pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and birds. The VWGA team enthusiastically planted nearly a thousand of these flowers.

VWGA’s commitment to biodiversity is evident in its ongoing initiatives, which raise awareness among employees and the communities in which the company operates. Two years ago, employees planted almost 5,000 spekboom cuttings at the Kariega facilities, with hundreds more planted at local schools through the Volkswagen Community Trust.

The spekboom, a remarkable succulent known for its carbon-absorbing properties, is pivotal in combating climate change. A single hectare of spekboom can absorb up to 4.2 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Additionally, the company actively removes invasive trees, shrubs, and grasses from its sites. The premises also house about 40 spayed cats, which, as natural hunters, help control the rodent and pest population.

Ulrich Schwabe, Production Director, emphasized the importance of biodiversity for healthy ecosystems. “Without a wide variety of animals, plants, and micro-organisms, we wouldn’t have the balanced ecosystems that provide us with clean air, nutrient-rich soil, and food,” Schwabe stated. “We cannot achieve a Zero Impact Factory without investing time in promoting biodiversity.”

Kariega-based employees and their families are regularly invited to join the in-house hiking club for nature hikes. As part of the recent biodiversity awareness campaign, employees participated in the 3Rivers Forest Hike outside Gqeberha. VWGA also supports nature conservation efforts through its long-standing partnership with the Wilderness Foundation Africa, providing the organization with a vehicle to carry out critical conservation work. Additionally, the company hosts an annual “Show of Hands” employee volunteer event, aimed at supporting environmental causes in the Nelson Mandela Bay community.


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