FAVOURITES{{shortlistedCars}}
LOGIN
Lexus clears the air with Spekboom - Media

Advice

Lexus clears the air with Spekboom

Offset Carbon emission for one year

Lexus clears the air with Spekboom

Lexus clears the air with Spekboom

If you're into gardening or the environment, chances are you've heard about South Africa's own Spekboom or elephant's food (Portulacaria afra). You might even have one of your own in your garden or a pot.

Despite a fairly inconspicuous appearance, the indigenous succulent plant is actually a formidable eco-warrior, which is why Lexus South Africa has committed to planting thousands of them in the country.

Here are some amazing facts about the humble Spekboom:

It fights air pollution, really. Just one hectare of Spekboom can remove between 4 to 10 tons of carbon dioxide from the air. It does this by absorbing carbon dioxide from its environment and using it to grow. Because Toyota and Lexus have challenged themselves to become carbon neutral, this is a significant characteristic of the S

It's edible. Yes, you can eat the fleshy little leaves of the Spekboom, which have a tart and almost citrusy flavour and can even be added to your salad.

It's easy to grow. Spekboom can be easily grown from cutting  (a branch that has been cut from a parent plant), and it doesn’t need special conditions to thrive.

It's water-wise. Being a succulent and hailing from the arid Eastern Cape, the Spekboom can cope without water for long periods of time. This is another very important environmental factor in the extensive propagation of the plant.

Spekboom trees are excellent soil-binding plants for preventing soil erosion, and can grow as tall as five metres.

They live for centuries. Scientists say that Spekboom can survive for over 200 years, which means that the carbon it sequesters will remain locked up for a long, long time to come.

For all of these reasons and more, for every hybrid Lexus vehicle sold, Lexus South Africa will plant enough Spekboom trees to offset that vehicle's carbon emissions for a year! This is a real example of how Lexus will lower its carbon footprint. As of mid-August 2021, Lexus South Africa had already planted more than 6 000 Spekboom plants at the Owl Rescue Centre in Hartbeespoort.

As a subsidiary of Toyota, who have already announced plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Lexus is equally committed to the Paris Agreement (an international treaty on climate change) and its call to the world to reduce the emission of gases that contribute to global warming.

In 2020, 33% of global Lexus vehicle sales were electrified variants. As a luxury brand, Lexus in South Africa has been a leading light in electric vehicles, further cementing TSAM’s commitment to carbon neutrality.  

Internationally, Lexus has eclipsed the major milestone of two million global sales of electrified vehicles at the end of the first quarter of 2021, reflecting a commitment to the reduction of carbon emissions across a significant number of luxury segments. This is a clear indication that like the parent-brand Toyota, Lexus is firmly on the path to carbon neutrality.  

 

 

 

I think it should be carbon dioxide? [CA1]

 

propagated?  [CA2]

Lexus clears the air with Spekboom

If you're into gardening or the environment, chances are you've heard about South Africa's own Spekboom or elephant's food (Portulacaria afra). You might even have one of your own in your garden or a pot.

Despite a fairly inconspicuous appearance, the indigenous succulent plant is actually a formidable eco-warrior, which is why Lexus South Africa has committed to planting thousands of them in the country.

Here are some amazing facts about the humble Spekboom:

It fights air pollution, really. Just one hectare of Spekboom can remove between 4 to 10 tons of carbon dioxide from the air. It does this by absorbing carbon dioxide from its environment and using it to grow. Because Toyota and Lexus have challenged themselves to become carbon neutral, this is a significant characteristic of the S

It's edible. Yes, you can eat the fleshy little leaves of the Spekboom, which have a tart and almost citrusy flavour and can even be added to your salad.

It's easy to grow. Spekboom can be easily grown from cutting  (a branch that has been cut from a parent plant), and it doesn’t need special conditions to thrive.

It's water-wise. Being a succulent and hailing from the arid Eastern Cape, the Spekboom can cope without water for long periods of time. This is another very important environmental factor in the extensive propagation of the plant.

Spekboom trees are excellent soil-binding plants for preventing soil erosion, and can grow as tall as five metres.

They live for centuries. Scientists say that Spekboom can survive for over 200 years, which means that the carbon it sequesters will remain locked up for a long, long time to come.

For all of these reasons and more, for every hybrid Lexus vehicle sold, Lexus South Africa will plant enough Spekboom trees to offset that vehicle's carbon emissions for a year! This is a real example of how Lexus will lower its carbon footprint. As of mid-August 2021, Lexus South Africa had already planted more than 6 000 Spekboom plants at the Owl Rescue Centre in Hartbeespoort.

As a subsidiary of Toyota, who have already announced plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Lexus is equally committed to the Paris Agreement (an international treaty on climate change) and its call to the world to reduce the emission of gases that contribute to global warming.

In 2020, 33% of global Lexus vehicle sales were electrified variants. As a luxury brand, Lexus in South Africa has been a leading light in electric vehicles, further cementing TSAM’s commitment to carbon neutrality.  

Internationally, Lexus has eclipsed the major milestone of two million global sales of electrified vehicles at the end of the first quarter of 2021, reflecting a commitment to the reduction of carbon emissions across a significant number of luxury segments. This is a clear indication that like the parent-brand Toyota, Lexus is firmly on the path to carbon neutrality.  

 

 

 

I think it should be carbon dioxide? [CA1]

 

propagated?  [CA2]