State Electric Company (STELCO), on Saturday, planted 3,000 trees in the 35 islands it serves, as part of the government's 'Rah Fehi' greening programme.
Having previously started the first leg of the programme in 2019, STELCO kicked off its second segment of the initiative on industrial island Thilafushi, Kaafu Atoll, attended by STELCO Managing Director Hassan Mughunee, Henveiru Central MP and Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s Parliamentary Group leader Ali Azim.
STELCO hosts the greening campaign as a competition among the company. At the end of the year, winners are selected on the best-looking tree, best-kept tree, the largest tree and for the most trees planted by a department.
Last year, each STELCO employee planted two trees. MD Mughunee stated that a total of 2,000 trees were planted.
"Our target this year is to increase that number to three trees per person".
MP Azim described STELCO an exemplary company that other state-run institutions take example from. He also praised the company's solar power generation projects.
STELCO aims to transition 50 percent of its energy production to renewable energy sources in order to reduce electricity costs and lower carbon emissions.