Hanwha Solar Forest Helps Make
the World Greener
- Hanwha Solar Forest’s reforestation projects are praised at the United Nations Headquarters
- Hanwha is the first to use solar energy to power reforestation projects
[August 6, 2018] Hanwha Group recently participated in a meeting organized by the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the UN’s High-Level Political Forum 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York. During this meeting, Hanwha Solar Forest -Hanwha’s global reforestation efforts- was cited as a model for how corporate partnerships can positively contribute to sustainable development.
No one will be left behind
The UN’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is where member nations gather to conduct an annual progress review of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. Conceived in 2015, the Agenda aims to achieve global equality by the year 2030 through 17 Sustainable Development Goals - including affordable and clean energy and climate action.
During this year’s HLPF, Hanwha Group participated in a meeting titled “The Power of Partnerships: Finding Inclusive Solutions for Sustainable Societies”. 70 participants, including Hanwha Group, South Korean government ministers, NGOs, and UN affiliates spoke about progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 17: “Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”.
A productive partnership
Hanwha Solar Forest campaign aims to raise public awareness on environmental concerns such as air and water pollution, insecticides, and soil erosion. The campaign partners with Tree Planet, a South Korean social enterprise, to crowdsource reforestation projects all over the world. Together, the two companies are encouraging younger generations to act on environmental issues.
Since Hanwha Solar Forest began in 2011, more than 490,000 trees have been planted in six new forests in China, Mongolia, and South Korea. This is enough to cover more than 180 football fields. A seventh forest will be planted near Incheon, a major city in South Korea, in the second half of 2018 to help reduce dust levels.
Hanwha’s expertise in solar energy helped address a major drawback of reforestation projects: the reliance on fossil fuel-burning energy. For example, at a reforestation project in the Chinese region of Ningxia, Hanwha donated an 80 kW solar plant to power a seedling nursery. This was the first time that a reforestation project relied on renewable energy and the innovation was highly lauded by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
“As the world’s leading solar energy solutions provider, Hanwha takes climate change very seriously,” says Hanwha Communications Committee Director Gaz Shin, who attended the meeting at UN Headquarters. “Hanwha will take the lead in finding solutions to address the major environmental problems today.”
Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business enterprises in South Korea and a “FORTUNE Global 500” company. Hanwha Group has 61 domestic affiliates and 325 global networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction, finance, and services and leisure. With more than 65 years track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction businesses encompass a broad range of fields from chemicals & materials, aerospace & mechatronics, total solar energy solutions, and global construction. The finance network, covering insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank financial group in South Korea. The services and leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services with retail and resort businesses.
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