Jamaica Energy Partners collaborates with NEPA for ‘One Million Trees'
To commemorate National Tree Planting Day, Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP) and affiliate company, West Kingston Power Partners (WKPP) partnered with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) on its “One Million Tree Challenge”.
Observed under the theme, “Today's Trees, Tomorrow's Future”, NEPA’s Million Tree Challenge is a continuation of its Trees for Life campaign which aims to improve the island’s natural biodiversity, green coverage and our overall resilience to the impacts of climate change. This year, JEP and WKPP will show support by planting a variety of trees as a contribution to the environment, the population and the future.
Peter Knight, Chief Executive Officer at NEPA is delighted with the support and partnership by the JEP and WKPP.
“Jamaica’s Million Tree Challenge is geared at raising the consciousness of companies, private citizens, civil society and all to play an active role in protecting and managing our island’s natural resources. I am very pleased with the response of Jamaica Energy Partners and West Kingston Power Partners in answering the call and joining us in a campaign that will benefit generations to come,” the CEO said.
For the past twenty years, JEP and WKPP have focused substantial efforts towards preserving our island’s natural resources, through various environmental initiatives including participating in National Tree Planting Day. We pride ourselves in being good corporate citizens, as such, yearly, JEP and WKPP employees participate in tree planting exercises to improve the island’s natural biodiversity, and to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air. Since 2011, both companies have planted over five hundred (500) trees at Holywell Recreational Park. This year, JEP and WKPP planted four hundred (400) seedlings on National Wood and Water Day, Saturday, October 7, 2017.
“At JEP, we take pride in protecting the environment, as it is a central part of our corporate social responsibility portfolio. As such, in addition to planting trees, we are committed to supporting our local initiatives, and as well as ensure that we play our part in monitoring the quality of air in the areas which we operate,” said Wayne McKenzie, President & CEO of Jamaica Energy Partners.
To expand their tree planting activities, JEP and WKPP participated in a “Plant Hour” on National Tree Planting Day, Friday, October 6, 2017. During this hour, JEP and WKPP staff planted twenty-five (25) fruit trees at JEP in Old Harbour Bay and fifteen (15) at the WKPP Facility in West Kingston. The companies also provided an additional one hundred and fifty (150) trees, for the twenty-six (26) primary schools under JEP’s Scholarships Programme, to plant at their schools. We hope that by inviting our youth to participate, it will encourage them to preserve the environment, as well as learn the benefits of planting trees.