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Vatican announces plans to become first "carbon neutral state" in the world
Vatican City, Jul 13, 2007 / 10:28 am (CNA).-
The Vatican is quickly moving to become the first “carbon neutral state” with its recent plans to switch the Paul VI audience hall to solar power and the initiative to plant a forest in Europe it announced yesterday.
The Holy See says that it will create a forest that will offset all of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the year, according to the eco-restoration company Planktos that is working to help the Holy See achieve what it calls a "historic goal."
"The Holy See's increasingly creative environmental leadership is both insightful and profound," said Russ George, CEO of Planktos Corp. and managing director of its Hungarian forest subsidiary, KlimaFa, in a news release on Thursday.
In recognition of its leadership, the KlimaFa is donating the resources to help the Vatican plant the forest and become the "first carbon neutral sovereign state" in the world.
According to the press release from Planktos, the new Vatican Climate Forest will be created in Hungary's Bükk National Park. Its dimensions will be determined by the Vatican's 2007 energy usage and the success of its current emission reduction efforts.
"We believe this climate forest initiative clearly reflects the Vatican's deep commitment to both environmental healing and the welfare of the poor," said David Gazdag, KlimaFa's managing director in Budapest.
"Besides their local ecological and global climatic benefits, these projects offer many rewarding new eco-forestry jobs to struggling rural communities and increasing eco-tourism employment opportunities as these beautiful woodlands mature," he stated.