Every day we help people to realize their dream of living abroad and we want to continue to do so. At the same time, we know that part of our business has an impact on the environment, especially air travel for the purchase of a home. Therefore, we offset every residential transaction on the Iberian Peninsula with €15 which we will use to start planting trees in the Fastighetsbyrån forest.
In 2019, we started offsetting CO2 emissions from our own operations, including our customers' air travel for home purchases. In November 2021, the first trees were planted in the Fastighetsbyrån forest in Valle de Abdalajís near Málaga. The climate offset is carried out in collaboration with Folia Project and the Municipality of Valle de Abdalajís (Málaga), which guarantees the trees' survival and long-term sustainability.
For the housing transactions carried out in Spain and Portugal in 2020, we offset 260 tons of CO2, which means planting 1600 trees. Thanks to the commitment of our customers and our employees, we can continue to make progress. With a positive business trend in 2021, we expect to plant twice as many trees next year and continue to offset our climate impact in the future.
Operating a business that has an impact on the climate requires us as a company to be at the forefront of environmental and sustainability issues. We are actively working to become a climate-neutral company. As far as we can see, Fastighetsbyrån is the first real estate agency in Spain and Portugal to offset CO2 emissions from our own operations, something that makes us want to continue and do more for the planet.