TreeFree Biomass Solutions and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

As a blueprint for the organization's commitment to sustainability, the United Nations released 17 Sustainable Development Goals that provide a blueprint for governments, the private sector, and civil society to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. To do our part, TFBS looked at their 17 goals and identified how the company contributes to these goals through our operations or how the company can create programs to help contribute. These 17 goals are listed below with their definitions and TFBS's contribution to each goal.
 

 

Overarching Explanation
 

TreeFree's contributions to the Sustainable Development goals stem from a few basic concepts rooted in the three pillars of sustainability (Economic, Environmental, and Social):
 

  1. Economic: TreeFree's agricultural foundation shifts the forestry and fossil fuel industries from centralized resource-owning companies to decentralized farmers around the world producing feedstock for an array of products. In doing so, TreeFree creates new jobs for farmers globally, boosting people's and communities' incomes. Increased wealth helps address and alleviate issues throughout the 17 goals.  
     

  2. Environmental: TreeFree's use of NileFiber as a feedstock instead of forests and fossil fuels both decreases total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and safeguards against deforestation.  
     

  3. Social: The infusion of capital/wages into communities supports the development and access to social services/goods. The alleviation of environmental damage  

 

 

Internal Benefits to TreeFree
 

This website segment provides a framework for employees and allies of TreeFree to showcase the good that the company can contribute to the world. Each development goal and description is stated along TreeFree’s contributions to these goals. These contributions serve as a launching point for employees and allies to identify goals they are passionate about and develop talking points for how the company aligns with their passion.

Goal Description: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.  

TreeFree’s Contribution:  

  • Hiring farmers and employees in low-income communities and least developed countries

  • Paying a livable wage higher than most other crops

Goal Description: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
 

TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • Provide sustainable forage for livestock in less developed countries

  • Improve standard of living, and thereby, access to food

Goal Description: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.
 

TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • Provide environmentally friendly phytoremediation technology.

  • Shift workers out of coal mines and into torrefied NileFiber production

Goal Description: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

 

TreeFree’s Contributions:  

  • Investing in STEM education for low-income students

  • Supporting worker training programs to help workers transition to NileFiber-related jobs

Goal Description: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

 

TreeFree’s Contributions:

  • Hiring equal amounts of men and women for corporate positions

  • Promote women’s and lower income education access in STEM fields

  • Work with local farming organizations and groups to support women farmers in alignment with cultural norms

Goal Description: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

 

TreeFree’s Contributions:

  • Employ phytoremediation technology to clean harmful water without the use of chemicals

  • Clear out invasive growth of Arundo Donax along riverbeds to increase volume of usable water

Goal Description:

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

 

TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • TreeFree’s torrefied NileFiber can provide carbon-neutral energy to communities currently reliant on coal.

  • TreeFree’s pellets, when combined with mobile pellet units, can provide sustainable and off-the-grid electricity to communities without electricity infrastructure

Goal Description: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment for all.


TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • Provide farmers across the globe with an alternative and high-yield crop.

  • Provide new industries and training programs for workers to transfer their skills. 

Goal Description: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
 

TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • Moving forestry industries away from long-term planning and planting of forests to lower risk farming of feed stock

  • Include more farmers and communities in the production of wood-based commodities (localization of production).

Goal Description: Reduce inequality among countries.


TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • Employing farmers and growing NileFiber in less developed countries will provide livable wages to communities in poverty.  

  • Local growing, harvesting, and production of NileFiber-based commodities will keep capital within lower-income countries.

Goal Description:

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. 
 

TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • Growing NileFiber and the production of NileFiber-based goods will make cities have a smaller carbon footprint. 

  • Growth of electrified transportation provides opportunities for TreeFree's pellet products to promote cleaner and less polluting transportation.

Goal Description: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patters.
 

TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • The growth of NileFiber sequesters 15x more carbon dioxide than trees, making the consumption of products more environmentally friendly 

  • The possibility to use NileFiber as an electricity source allows for the production of NileFiber based products to be carbon neutral by using NileFiber as an electricity source to power production.

Goal Description: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
 

TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • NileFiber’s carbon sequestration capabilities transforms products that may be carbon intensive into carbon neutral or negative, having a profound influence on global carbon dioxide emissions. 

Goal Description: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
 

TreeFree’s Contribution

  • Reducing carbon emissions will slow down ocean acidification, which has already destroyed the coral reefs and decreased fish and shellfish populations.

  • Reducing fertilizer use decreases the presence of algae blooms and resulting marine dead-zones. 

  • Replacing fossil-fuel based products, like plastics, with NileFiber bioplastics can reduce the danger of plastic consumption to marine life

Goal Description: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reserve land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

 

TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • Reducing carbon emissions will slow desertification and biodiversity loss.

  • Shifting demand away from forests will reduce illegal forestry, which destroys rainforests and biodiversity. 

Goal Description: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. 


TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • Committing to education, wage, and gender equality can help stabilize and build effective institutions worldwide.  

Goal Description: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalization the global partnership for sustainable development.

TreeFree’s Contribution:

  • Creation of a NileFiber Farming Association to promote farmer needs. 

  • Partnering with foundations and organizations focused on sustainable development. 

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