TSB has today launched a new environmental initiative – the ‘Plant a tree’ pledge - as part of its Do What Matters Plan. For every home move where a TSB mortgage is provided, the bank will plant a tree to help offset the carbon footprint of the house move for the customer, with around 1500 trees planted every month.
In partnership with eForests1, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to help combat climate change and through restoring woodlands, TSB will plant a variety of species of tree in three woodlands2 across England, Scotland and Wales.
Nick Smith, Head of Mortgages said: “We know our customers want to reduce their carbon footprint and look for products that help them do that. This pledge offers this at no extra cost to our customers. It’s the first step of our ‘Do what matters’ plan to lower our environmental impact and help others do the same - and we look forward to doing more.”
Andrew Haining, the Founder of eForests said: “Every day, each of us contributes to the UK’s carbon footprint through activities like moving home. We all have a part to play in protecting the planet and now TSB customers can move home knowing they’re playing their part in reducing the impact of climate change. I’m really looking forward to working with TSB to grow more trees right across the UK”.
Sara Lom, CEO, The Tree Council, said: ‘Whether it’s a single tree planted and cared for by an individual, or many thousands supported by forward-thinking companies like TSB, every tree matters to help tackle climate change, provide precious habitats for wildlife, and secure a green and healthy future for ourselves and our planet.’
Michael Fabricant, the vice chair All-Party Parliamentary Group for Woods and Trees said: “The greening of Britain is an important element in the wellbeing and health of our nation. It is good to see corporations such as TSB playing their part in funding the planting of trees which will benefit future generations.”
Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan DBE MP, Vice Chair All-Party Parliamentary Group for Woods and Trees said: “It’s encouraging to see businesses like TSB taking positive action to support and enhance the trees and woods across England, Wales and Scotland. It is important that businesses do more to reduce their impact on the environment and help support their customers to do so, and I welcome this initiative.”
When moving home, a typical removal lorry/large van emits up to 1.3kg carbon dioxide (CO2) per mile3. For a house move that takes place over a distance of 100 miles (taking into account the journey to the old property, the move to the new property and finally the return to the depot), that’s a total carbon emission of 130kgs4 just for the transport alone.
Over its lifetime (typically around 100 years) each tree will absorb on average 500kgs of CO2 - enough to offset the transport carbon footprint linked to the house move and possibly more. This new pledge follows the announcement of TSB’s ‘Do What Matters’ responsible business strategy. The strategy focuses on helping people have more money confidence, treating small businesses fairly and helping them grow, creating a truly inclusive workplace at TSB, working locally with communities to help them thrive and reducing TSB’s impact on the environment while helping customers and partners to do the same.
Notes to editors
1 More information on eForests can be found here.
2 More information on TSB’s Pledge can be found here, including the woodlands across the UK where the trees will be planted. It is estimate that around 1,500 trees will be planted each month.
3 Environmental sources – based on recommendations of lorries using on average 9.2mpg (as mentioned here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/energy-and-environment-data-tables-env#fuel-consumption-env01).
4 Calculations of the CO2 emissions are using the following: https://www.commercialfleet.org/tools/van/carbon-footprint-calculator
This new pledge is an action in TSB’s responsible business strategy; ‘Do what matters plan’ which has five core pillars. This includes: Reduce our impact on the environment while helping customers and partners do the same. www.tsb.co.uk/do-what-matters-plan.pdf