TNB sponsors 3,300 saplings to Kuantan’s Buffer Zone Ecosystem Rehabilitation Programme

The 70,000 trees that have been planted since 2009 are estimated to be able to absorb up to 1,470 tonnes of CO2 a year

by AUFA MARDHIAH / Pic courtesy of TNB

TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) has sponsored 3,300 saplings to be planted at eight locations in the coastal areas and Sungai Kuantan to support the Kuantan City Council’s Buffer Zone Ecosystem Rehabilitation Programme.

The environmental, social issues and governance commitment has the cooperation of the Federal and state governments, local authorities and non-governmental organisations.

Previously, TNB has planted over 32,000 different types of mangroves along the coast of the Peninsula, over 16,000 forest and rare trees under the Wildlife Corridor Replanting Programme and about 12,000 shade trees in public parks.

The 70,000 trees that have been planted since 2009 are estimated to be able to absorb up to 1,470 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, thus reducing the country’s rate of carbon emission.

The programme was officiated today by Pahang’s Regent Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah at the Chendor Beach Recreation Centre in Kuantan and witnessed by Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail; Pahang State Secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak; Kuantan City Council Mayor Datuk Hamdan Hussin and TNB Pahang GM Datuk Baderul Sham Saad.

Speaking at the event, Baderul Sham said the environmental conservation programme is not unusual to TNB as the company had always contributed, especially in the areas around the power station.

“The programmes have become more focused when TNB coerces environmental conservation as part of its corporate social responsibility including replacing trees in transmission line areas, planting in public parks, along beaches, firefly breeding areas and in the Green Route Corridor,” he said.

The programme was officiated today by Tengku Hassanal (centre) at the Chendor Beach Recreation Centre in Kuantan

He also explained the purpose of mangrove seeds such as oil mangroves on beaches as a prevention measure against coastal erosion in the long run.

In addition, TNB has also created green paths in the forests of Hulu Terengganu by planting various forest trees and Nappier grasses, thus enabling wildlife, especially elephants, to remain free and have adequate food supply; as well as planting various species of trees under the “Tree for Tree” to shade public parks throughout the Peninsula.

TNB’s involvement in environmental conservation is in line with its Sustainability Pathway aspirations announced through charting the journey towards achieving net zero carbon emissions.

It is also in line with the government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by 45% by 2030 and further achieve a carbon-neutral nation as early as 2050.