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Planting the seed of a greener global community

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Eric Browaeys, Belgium Site Direction
At UCB, we take our responsibility to the planet very seriously. Our goal is to develop and produce medicines for people with diseases in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.

In addition to reducing energy consumption, UCB embraces carbon offsetting. Forests are natural ‘sinks’ for carbon, absorbing tons of greenhouse gases every year. By investing in forestry, we can help to balance our overall energy impact.

Every year, forests with an area four times the size of Belgium disappear. We must reverse this trend if we are to protect the planet for future generations and meet our commitments on climate action. That is why we have signed up to support a bold new initiative in Braine-l'Alleud, where we have a strong presence.

In collaboration with Braine-l'Alleud and Graine de Vie (Seed for Life), a non-governmental organisation, we will help to plant thousands of trees in Madagascar – a country devastated by deforestation.

Over the next 10 years, the project aims to plant a forest equal in size to the commune of Braine-l’Alleud. This represents a total of 600,000 trees which would allow the sequestration of 60,000 tons of CO2.

Not only will this offset some of the carbon produced in our neighbourhood, including by UCB, it is a positive gesture that shows the scale of action we need to take together if we are to protect the planet.

By becoming the first private company in the region to join this project, we hope to raise awareness among businesses and citizens of the shared environmental challenges we face.

This is just one of the many ways that UCB is working to have a positive impact on our communities – both local and global. We look forward to seeing the green shoots of this initiative breathe new life into the forests of Madagascar and inspire real change in the lives of people in our neighbourhood.

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