September 16th marks the International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, and on this occasion, Veolia Hungary took actions for a healthier environment in several parts of the country. The company's employees organized a community tree planting in elementary schools in Debrecen and Pécs, as well as in the park of Kanizsai Dorottya Hospital in Nagykanizsa in the spirit of Veolia's commitment to sustainability and ecological transformation.
Stronger UV radiation caused by the weakening of the ozone shield has serious negative consequences. September 16th was first referred to as World Ozone Day in 1987, the purpose of the movement is to promote and spread actions to support the protection and restoration of the ozone layer.
Joining these efforts, Veolia organized community tree planting in several towns in September, at three locations: in the park of the Hospital of Nagykanizsa, in the courtyard of the Petőfi Sándor Primary School in Debrecen, and in the yard of the Meszesi Primary School in Pécs. The company's employees joined the action on a voluntary basis and planted trees and bushes on these locations. Veolia also donated sports equipment to the two elementary schools, which were also handed over by the employees.
“The purpose of our action was to contribute to a healthier and better environment, and we also wanted to draw the attention of the younger generation to nature conservation issues. Planting trees is important from an environmental point of view, as trees, among other things, clean and naturally cool the air in the summer, so there is no question that similar programs serve the interests of all of us. I am proud that we successfully implemented the initiative with the enthusiastic participation of our employees and the cooperation of the institutions!” - said László Gurszki, Operation Manager Power stations East Hungary.
As a key player in the Hungarian energy sector, Veolia is committed to environmental protection and ecological transformation, and places great emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency aspects in its operations.
“Our company continuously strives to support the ecological transformation with renewable energies, including biomass-based energy production, our wide-ranging district heating services and with local initiatives similar to the current one.” - added Péter Rudolf, CEO of Pannon Hőerőmű Zrt.
The group provides reliable and environmentally friendly energy supply through its district heating systems to thousands of homes at its many locations, including Debrecen and Pécs. The company's site in Pécs is home to the largest biomass-fired power plant unit in Central Europe, which satisfies the heat demand of approximately 31,500 homes and 460 public institutions. The straw-fired power plant saves more than 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission annually, thereby contributing to the achievement of climate protection objectives.