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The Zurich Germany Group helps improve the urban climate of the future. The Frankfurt am Main-based insurer will help the Main metropolis, weakened by climate change, with a long-term campaign. In the coming months, 24,000 trees will be planted in the city forest. Furthermore, at the initiative of Zurich Insurance, the city of Frankfurt is setting up a test field with the kiri or bluebell tree.
Frankfurt am Main, September 13, 2022 – The Zurich Germany Group is helping to improve the urban climate of the future. The Frankfurt am Main-based insurer will help the Main metropolis, weakened by climate change, with a long-term campaign. In the coming months, 24,000 trees will be planted in the city forest. Furthermore, at the initiative of Zurich Insurance, the city of Frankfurt is setting up a test field with the kiri or bluebell tree. This fast-growing tree species is considered a CO2 climate tree in parks because it grows very fast and can also cope with extreme city weather conditions.
The tree species will be tested on the banks of the Main to determine its suitability for large cities, its compatibility with the ecosystem and its potential. The trees were planted thanks to a donation of 60,000 euros from Zurich Insurance.
The CO2 weather tree likes it hot
The urban climate in Frankfurt is mild throughout the year, but due to its location on the Rhine-Main plain and surrounding hills, there is little air exchange. Coupled with a high level of fine dust contamination, this can become a problem. As part of its sustainability strategy, Zurich is also concerned about the urban climate of the future and approached the city of Frankfurt with the initiative to plant the heat-resistant tree species “Paulownia tomentosa”. It belongs to the bluebell family, forms lush blue flowers in spring, is considered particularly friendly to bees, and is the fastest growing tree in Europe. At the same time, breeders consider it a variety that absorbs four times more climate-damaging CO2 than beech or oak.
Together for the urban climate of the future
“Our commitment to sustainability is anchored in all our business areas. We want to be one of the most responsible and impactful companies in the world. An important pillar for this is also to take our responsibility in society and at the Frankfurt site even more seriously,” says Ulrich Christmann, Member of the Board of Directors of the Zurich Germany Group and responsible for bank sales. “That’s why we don’t we just make sure that the city forest gets 24,000 trees with our donation. We are already looking to the future and looking for committed partners in the fight against climate change. The city of Frankfurt has already done a lot in recent years to make the metropolis of the Less is more green. We are pleased to be able to make a contribution to this with our campaigns.”
Climate change is putting native forests under pressure
The increase in temperature in the atmosphere has caused many months of drought in recent years. The Frankfurt city forest in particular suffers greatly from long periods of drought, many trees have already died. This year it celebrates its 650th anniversary, but to survive for many more years, the forest needs help. At the 2nd Frankfurt Forestry Congress, it was confirmed that the Frankfurt City Forest should be preserved as a local recreation area. The conversion to mixed forest with the corresponding biodiversity will continue. “We want to preserve and create forests and green spaces where our grandchildren can still walk,” explains Christian Dienst, Head of Green Space Maintenance at the Green Space Office of the city of Frankfurt. “At the same time, we’re always looking for drought-resistant tree species, like the bluebell tree.”
The donation is not only financial. As part of so-called Community Days, Zurich employees take time off work to support social or sustainable projects. The “Helping Hands” will support the preparation of areas and the planting of trees in the forest area of the city of Schwanheim. During Green Week, which takes place from September 19 to 23, employees can learn more about the Frankfurt City Forest and many other sustainability-related topics.
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The Zurich Group in Germany is part of the global Zurich Insurance Group. With premium income (2021) of more than €6.3 billion, investments of more than €53 billion and around 4,500 employees, Zurich is one of the leading insurance companies in Germany.
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