Mitsubishi Motors Thailand continues its green activity under the “Root for Sustainability” project by planting trees in 40 rai of land in Nakhon Ratchasima
BANGKOK – 3 August, 2022: Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Foundation (MMTF), led by Mr. Eiichi Koito, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd and Chairman of MMTF together with Mr. Egathi Rattana-Aree, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & General Administration Unit and Vice Chairman of MMTF planted more various types of trees in 40 rai of land in Ban Khok Phluang Community Forest, Chakkarat District, Nakhon Ratchasima province in an effort to fight against climate crisis as part of the reforestation project titled: Root for Sustainability.
“8,000 seedlings were planted in Ban Khok Phluang Community Forest today, which will increase in size over the next four to five years and enhance the quality of life for locals. Both people and wildlife will benefit greatly from the tree's capacity to provide sources of food and water. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who participated in our reforestation activity, including the Royal Forest Department, the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization), and community members of the Ban Khok Phluang. Long-term benefits of the project include reduced carbon emissions, sustainable human-forest coexistence. More carbon credits that are generated by our environmental projects can also be traded to offset the carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere. We are pleased to contribute to the local rise in green spaces through this reforestation project, which reflects our responsibility to Thai society for the sustainability of our business,” said Mr. Eiichi Koito, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Chairman of MMTF
The "Root for Sustainability" project is the second phase of the "60 Years 60 Rai Reforestation" project, which was launched in 2021 to mark Mitsubishi Motors' 60th anniversary in Thailand. Last year, trees were planted on 20 rai of land in the Ang Krapong Community Forest, Chonburi Province, and another 40 rai of land in Ban Na Ngam Community Forest, Sa Kaeo Province.
“Ban Khok Phluang Community Forest had experienced serious invasion since 1972. The community forest's size decreased from 576 rai to 260 rai as a result of continual encroachment. The locals have been working together with the public and private sectors to restore the community forest. The Royal Forest Department and the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) are working together on a community forest project in fight against climate change with the aim of leveraging the private sector to empower local people in safeguarding the community forest lands. We are really grateful for Mitsubishi Motors Thailand's reforestation efforts, which supported 8,000 seedlings consists of 24 types, including high-value trees, blooming plants, multi-purpose trees, and fruit trees. Teak, Siamese Rosewood, Acacia Mangium, Yang Naa, bamboo, Thai copper pod, India Gooseberry, Mango, Jackfruit, Java Plum, and Trumpet Tree are among examples to bring maximum benefits for local community in Ban Khok Phluang Community Forest,” Mr. Somthawin Leelamanotham, Forestry Technical Manager the Royal Forest Department said.
During the event, the Mitsubishi Triton pickup trucks were used to transfer the trees to activity site, demonstrating that Mitsubishi models can travel to any areas and under all conditions, while the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which has the capacity to deliver electricity to a variety of electrical appliances with a maximum power output of 1,500 watts, was used to power the portable refrigerator to store the ice cream given to the event's participating children. A steaming fan set up at the event was also powered by the Outlander PHEV.
Mitsubishi Motors Thailand has been conducting business in Thailand for 61 years, during which time it has placed a strong focus on the use of environmentally friendly production practices. Several environmental efforts, such the reforestation project: Root for Sustainability, seek to increase community forest areas, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and pave the way for Thailand's transition to a sustainable environment as well.
About Mitsubishi Motors Thailand (MMTh)
Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the largest plant in the MMC group and an export hub to more than 120 countries, is one of Thailand’s leading automotive manufacturers committed to produce and sell a range of vehicles that are eco-friendly, high in quality, performance, safety, comfort, technology and customer satisfaction. In 2018 MMTh celebrated a total production of five million units, and officially opened Education Academy in Pathum Thani. MMTh’s current range of vehicles includes MITSUBISHI TRITON, MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT, MITSUBISHI ATTRAGE, MITSUBISHI MIRAGE, MITSUBISHI XPANDER, MITSUBISHI XPANDER CROSS and MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV. To ensure the highest quality, MMTh uses its proving ground in Si Racha, Chonburi to assess products from design and prototype stages to pre-production and commercialization. This ensures customers take delivery of vehicles that are second-to-none in all aspects of quality.
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