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Shell and Tree Canada together plant one million trees

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CALGARY, Sept. 25 /CNW/ – Shell Canada and Tree Canada today announced the planting of their one millionth tree, part of a planting program that will sequester more than 650,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“Shell continually looks for ways to improve energy efficiency and make technology advancements which boost environmental performance,” said Rob Seeley, Shell’s General Manager of Sustainable Development. “In particular, reducing CO(2) is a focus area, which includes the development and use of offsets such as tree planting.”

For example, in 2000 Shell made a voluntary commitment to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions from its base oil sands business by 50 per cent by 2010, bringing Shell’s Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) crude carbon intensity on par or better than the imported oil alternative it replaces.

Shell and Tree Canada began working together to plant trees in support of this goal and to date Shell has contributed approximately $2 million in funding.

Through this collaboration approximately 100,000 trees are planted annually across Canada, from BC’s Lower Mainland to Quebec City.

“Over the years, Shell’s contribution has helped reforest areas in British Columbia and Alberta devastated by the mountain pine beetle outbreak, helped restore the damage in Stanley Park caused by the 2006 windstorms, helped commemorate Quebec City’s 400th Anniversary, and helped beautify the Toronto harbour front,” said Michael Rosen, President, Tree Canada. “Shell has shown leadership not only by being one of our largest supporters, but also by enlisting employee volunteers to help plant trees and through their overall commitment to CO(2) management.”

Looking ahead to the next 10 years, Shell will continue its work with Tree Canada to further reforestation efforts across the country. A portion of future tree planting activity will occur on conserved lands Shell has purchased through its terrestrial offset program with the Alberta Conservation Association. This terrestrial offset program is a 10-year commitment totalling $2 million. Support for the program was the result of an agreement with the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (comprised of The Pembina Institute, Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association) on environmental commitments for AOSP Expansion 1.

The Athabasca Oil Sands Project is a joint venture among Shell Canada (60%), Marathon Oil Sands L.P. (20%) and Chevron Canada (20%).

For further information: Cherine Badwi, Communications Representative, Oil Sands, Shell Canada, (403) 384-5362; Melissa Nisbett, Communications Coordinator, Tree Canada, (613) 567-5545, x 224

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