17 March 2007
"Green KCR Railways" KCRC Tree-Planting Day
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) is firmly committed to implementing environmental protection measures in nature preservation, green engineering, energy saving, pollution control and waste emission. The tree-planting activity held at Lowu today is also one of KCRC's efforts in upholding its "Green Railways".
Ir James Blake, Chief Executive Officer of KCRC said at the tree-planting ceremony, "KCRC has strived and succeeded in becoming a forerunner of sustainable transport operators. A cleaner and greener mode of transport will benefit not only our passengers, but the community at large."
KCRC has been planting trees and bushes alongside its railways for years. Not only does the Corporation's effort in green landscaping create magnificent scenery for enjoyment by passengers and local residents, it also serves as a statement of our support for clean air. At present, KCR railways have over 10,000 trees planted, varying in sizes and species, aggregate landscaped area amounts to 730,000 sq m, which is equivalent in size to 120 football pitches.
Information indicates that a mature tree has the capacity to offset 22 kg of CO2 every year and the total amount of CO2 consumed by a tree throughout its entire life amounts to 1 full tonne. The green landscaping is not only for our passengers' enjoyment, it contributes to a reduction of 220 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
As a continuous effort in maintaining its Green Railways, KCRC will plant a total of 360 Sunshine Tree, South Crape Myrtle and Hong Kong Orchid Tree near Fu Tei Au Road adjacent to the Lo Wu Station track line. With 360 trees newly planted, KCRC helped to reduce nearly 8,000 kg of CO2 from our air every year, the entire grove area will absorb almost 360 tonnes of CO2 in one full life cycle.
Around 100 primary school students were invited to participate in today's event. KCRC hopes to enhance the awareness for environmental protection amongst our younger generation and cultivate a positive attitude towards the sharing of social responsibility in protecting the nature.
The officiating guests of the tree-planting ceremony today include: Ir James Blake, Chief Executive Officer of KCRC; Mr Y T Li, Senior Director - Transport; Mr Wai Kwok Hung, JP, Chairman of Sha Tin District Council; Mr Cheng Chun Ping, JP, Chairman of Tai Po District Council and Mr Chow Kam Siu Joseph, Vice Chairman of North District Council.
 
Officiating guests (from left to right): Mr Chow Kam Siu Joseph, Vice Chairman of North District Council, Mr Y T Li, Senior Director – Transport of KCRC, Ir James Blake, Chief Executive Officer of KCRC; Mr Wai Kwok Hung, JP, Chairman of Sha Tin District Council and Mr Cheng Chun Ping, JP, Chairman of Tai Po District Council.
 
Our guests joined the students in planting trees.
 
More than 100 participants attended to make a contribution to the "Green Railways".