Medicash - Proud to be carbon neutral
Health insurer Medicash is one of Cool Earth's leading partners
and is already helping to protect some of the world's most
endangered tropical forest.
Medicash currently protects 125 acres of endangered rainforest;
enough to cover their carbon emission over the year. The commitment
of Medicash to rainforest protection is already making a huge
difference to the lives of local communities and security of the
trees in the Ashaninka, Peru.
Without Medicash's support, the forest would have been lost to
logging, releasing a staggering 32,500 tonnes of CO2
into the atmosphere.
Medicash chief executive Sue Weir says:
"As a socially responsible organisation with a history of
charitable engagement we understand that it is vital for a company
to be aware of the impact of its actions on the environment. Our
relationship with Cool Earth ensures we are able to offset our
carbon emissions but, equally importantly, our environmental policy
signals a commitment on the part of every Medicash employee to
change their day to day habits in order to help reduce our impact
on the environment."
Every acre of mature rainforest that Medicash secures, keeps 260
tonnes of carbon dioxide where it belongs. This means Medicash's
sponsorship of 125 acres is protecting around 5,000 mature trees,
11,875 saplings, 500 endangered species of mammal, 40,250 types of
plant and over a million species of insect and worm.
Our sponsorship also includes purchasing classroom equipment,
solar powered internet, and working alongside the Ashaninka to
ensure that they are properly compensated for protecting a unique
and irreplaceable ecosystem.
In addition to carbon offsetting, Medicash is aiming to reduce
its carbon footprint by a further 10% by limiting its company car
policy to vehicles with low CO2 emissions, and increasing staff
take-up of interest free loans for public transport season tickets
and Ride 2 Work initiatives.
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