The One Million Tree Initiative

By Nirone Dissanayake, General Manager, TFC

At TFC, sustainability mean meeting the present needs without compromising the ability of future generations meeting their economic, environmental and social needs. As with any other company across various industries, TFC is focusing on creating value out of the waste TFC produces.

Slaughterhouse waste water (SWW) has been classified as one of the most detrimental forms of industrial waste to the environment by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). The inadequate treatment before disposal of SWW is one of the reasons for river deoxygenation and groundwater pollution. At TFC, we currently generate a billion litres of waste water per year, treated to the level of agriculture water acceptable by the standards of Saudi Agriculture Ministry and released to the environment.

To address this important issue, we have launched the One Million Tree Initiative. Not only does this initiative contribute to environmental sustainability, but it also has the ability to convert waste to value, by saving costs when it comes to disposing of the waste water. Our plantation project has so far helped us to save disposing cost and also in the future will help us saving more millions by way of trimming the trees and converting it as bedding materials for our farming operation.

The environmental benefits of tree plantation will be: 

  • On average a tree absorbs 14Kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year while a consumer emits 4.8 tons of to the atmosphere. Our trees will help with absorbing the CO2 emitted to the atmosphere. Once complete, they will absorb the carbon footprint of nearly 3,000 people.
  • Not only that: our trees will generate oxygen for over 133,000 people. 
  • Additionally, we will be planting trees in the desert: this large scale planting in such an area will lead to a shift in weather patterns and lead to more rainfall on land, and ultimately to more growth. The shift happens because the trees pull and evaporate up to 1000 litres of water into the atmosphere every day.
  • On global scale, our trees will contribute a reduction in global warming. This will come as a result of reducing greenhouse gas effects due to reduction in CO2 levels, help people breathe cleaner air and also it will help the hydrological cycle through evapotranspiration process and increase the rainfalls.

Each person and organization has a role to play in creating a better world. Given the above benefits, TFC is very proud to be able to play it’s part in contributing to a greener and healthier planet for all through this initiative.