The planting campaign took place on November 11, 2017, and brought together employees from OIL! Tankstellen, Klindworth-Kronol and Marquard & Bahls and their families for a good cause. Supported by planting assistants, the participants reached for their spades to put young seedlings into the ground in Klövensteen forest, a 500-hectare recreational forest extending from the west of Hamburg to parts of Schleswig-Holstein. After 5,000 deciduous trees had already been financed in 2016, another 5,000 were added this autumn.
The planting campaign was initiated by Klimapatenschaft GmbH in cooperation with Trinkwasserwald e.V. and the Klövensteen district forestry in order to generate more ground water and drinking water. With this aim, an area in Klövensteen Forest that has a very high proportion of spruce trees to date is gradually being converted to a multi-layered and species-rich, mostly deciduous forest. Deciduous trees drop their leaves in winter, allowing more water to enter the forest soil. Due to their greater biodiversity, mixed forests are more resistant and contribute to the diversity of species.
Initiative Pro Klima was founded in 2008 by small and mid-size oil traders, service station operators and other companies in the energy industry. It focuses on three action areas: providing efficient products, offering information and consultation on environment-related energy topics, and advancing climate research and climate protection projects. As part of these projects, more than 152,000 trees have already been planted in Germany.
OIL! Tankstellen GmbH & Co. KG is a subsidiary of Mabanaft, the trading division of Marquard & Bahls, Germany. Since 1994 OIL! has been operating a continuously growing service station network throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark with more than 330 service stations, over 230 of them in Germany. OIL! offers customer-oriented services and has positioned itself as an independent brand in the service station business.
Klindworth-Kronol is an associated company of Petronord and thus part of Mabanaft, the trading division of Marquard & Bahls, Hamburg. For decades, Klindworth-Kronol has served as a heat supplier in Hamburg and environs, supplying customers with heating oil, diesel and petroleum fuels. Tank cleaning, tank protection and heating installation complete its range of heat supply products. Its range of energy products also includes natural gas and electricity.