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Yorkshire backs planting of 2,500 trees in green drive

Yorkshire Building Society marked the opening of last week&#39s British International Motorshow at Birmingham&#39s National Exhibition Centre with a scheme that is designed to offset the carbon dioxide emissions produced by its car fleet.

The society will sponsor the planting of 2,500 trees in a bid to neutralise the 550 tonnes of carbon dioxide it estimates its car fleet produced last year.

The scheme has been developed in partnership with environmental consultants Future Forests, which has already planted almost 1.5 million trees in its fight against CO2 emissions and global warming.

Yorkshire&#39s trees will be planted in Sundhope Forest in the Scottish Borders.

The society says this is its latest initiative aimed at making its company cars more environmentally friendly.

Other moves by the soc-iety include car sharing, incentives to choose more energy-efficient cars and encouraging the use of public transport for business travel.

It has cut down the amount of business travel by staff by increasingly using phone conferencing instead of faceto-face meetings.

The society is encouraging its staff to pay £7 to have a tree planted.

Fleet manager Mary Blackwell says: “We are very foc-used on making the society&#39s car fleet more environmentally friendly and joining with Future Forests was a natural next step. As we have many initiatives in place, it is likely that the number of trees we plant in future years to offset emissions produced by our cars will reduce.”

Future Forests chief executive Jonathan Shopley says: “The aim of our campaign is to encourage people to take responsibility for their contribution to global warming by reducing their CO2 emissions and then compensating for non-reducible emissions through a whole range of projects, including tree planting.”

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