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Schneider Electric continues orchards initiative with Host In Ireland to save the bees

Press Release by Schneider Electric Mon 18 Dec 2023

Schneider Electric is set to continue its partnership with Host In Ireland as part of the ‘Orchards in the Community’ initiative.

Schneider Electric is part of 73 companies who will contribute to the planting of over 3,587 mixed fruit orchards across Ireland.

As part of the programme, 222 schools and colleges, as well as 171 community groups from tidy towns, retirement homes, community centres, and local sports facilities have received and planted orchards in their communities.

The initiative is part of the larger ‘DCs for Bees Pollinator Plan’, orchestrated by Host In Ireland and supported by 48 partners from the data centre industry.

This plan focuses on saving Ireland’s declining bee population and other endangered species, such as flying insects and butterflies.

“Orchards are a focal point for communities to connect people with nature. Growing orchards in the community helps raise awareness of our connection to our food sources and play an important role in biodiversity and the plight of bees in Ireland,” said Garry Connolly, Founder of Host in Ireland.

Over three planting years, Schneider Electric has facilitated the planting of 2,500 trees. In 2023, the company sponsored 100 orchards, each containing 3 apple trees, a plum tree, and a pear tree.

Orchards were distributed among employees and community groups, including Kilmaine Tidy Towns, Monivea Tidy Towns, Gorey Community Schools, and others.

“Organisations like Schneider Electric come together with biodiversity groups, schools, colleges, Tidy Towns, and others across Ireland to tackle challenges like biodiversity loss to save Ireland’s pollinators,” added Connolly.

Schneider Electric’s commitment also involves repurposing hardware and operating energy-efficient data centres, reducing the environmental impact of cloud computing.

Mark Yeeles, VP of the Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric UK and Ireland, expressed the company’s dedication to sustainable practices: “We hope the orchards will create holistic ecosystems which will be beneficial for many years and generations to come.”

The partnership has been impactful in enhancing biodiversity and providing vital green spaces in urban areas, addressing the critical issue of bee extinction risk. With 33% of Ireland’s 99 wild bee species at risk, these orchards are expected to offer essential food sources as bees emerge from winter.

Under this collaboration, Schneider Electric has sponsored 500 orchards, contributing to increasing biodiversity and enhancing green spaces across Ireland.

Communities who have benefited from these initiatives include Kilmaine Tidy Towns, Monivea Tidy Towns, Gorey Community Schools, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns, Oaktree Court Residence Association, Dromahair Tidy Towns, Holy Rosary College, and Sustainable Community Area Network Milltown.

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