TAMIL NADU, India—Employees at Apollo Tyre Ltd.'s Chennai facility kickstarted the planting of 100,000 trees in Vilanallur village, close to Vandhavasi in the Tiruvannamalai district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, under the company's environment initiative.
The employees, along with the project partner, TIST, and farmers, planted 1,000 trees. The balance of the trees will be planted by the project partner and farmers over the course of the next few months, according to a company release.
Since 2014, Apollo has planted 250,000 trees and encouraged farmers to manage land effectively by planting trees and practice food crops simultaneously. The company will monitor these trees for the next 10 years to get more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon credit.
Encouraged by the success of the survival of the current 250,000 trees and to further increase the tree cover, improve food crops and ground water in the villages around Chennai, the company took on the planting of an addition 100,000 trees, according to the statement.
In addition, the company is also running a mangrove conservation project in Kerala in association with Wildlife Trust of India, and has undertaken multiple initiatives toward restoration of ponds near its manufacturing facilities in India.