Project Description

PLAN B launched the “Green Stations” project on 7th September 2017, where 34 tram stations in Bucharest are covered with vegetation.
The project is funded by Kaufland Romania, ENGIE Romania and Borsec, with the non-financial support of the Bucharest City Hall and the Bucharest public transportation company.

Sf. Gheorghe” station is the first tram shelter covered with vegetation from a series of 34 in the entire city. The series will be finalized by mid-October.

The initiative aims to increase the population awareness regarding the importance of protecting the environment and to encourage the use of public transportation as an alternative to the personal car. Installing green roofs on tram stations has also immediate effects, making it possible to reduce noise and air pollution in the respective areas.

In a crowded city, any square meter of vegetation matters. For one person only 3 square meters of green roof are enough to provide their daily oxygen, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere being considerably reduced. In addition to micro particles in the air, vegetation also captures the sound waves, decreasing the number of decibels.

 

In summer, the vegetation installed on the roofs of tram stations reduces the effect of “heat island” and increases the cooling effect, while in winter, the green structure behaves like a “fur”, helping to increase the thermal insulation effect. In addition, the spaces that are normally unused become green oases with a special aesthetic value and with the power to improve the people mood.

The plant that gives life to tram stations is sedum. Sedum is ideal for green roofs because it   is not pretentious and can withstand extreme temperatures. Because it is a succulent plant, the sedum survives with very little water. The system used in the „GREEN STATIONS’’ project is an innovative one, identical to the solutions applied in all Western countries, including a drainage and intelligent protection system, a hydrophilic mineral wool panel and a synthetic substrate of coconut carpet.

“For Kaufland, concern for the environment and the community is a priority. We want to live in a cleaner, greener and more friendly city,”

said Katharina Scheidereiter, CSR Kaufland Romania.

“ENGIE joins this social responsibility project in an attempt to solve an increasingly acute problem of reducing pollution in large urban agglomerations and counteracting the harmful effects of emissions through the natural integration into the urban landscape of sustainable solutions designed to contribute to a cleaner city for us all,” said Eric Stab, President and General Manager of ENGIE Romania.

“Every square meter of “green” matters. The CSR project, initiated by PLAN B, highlights the need for each of us to have more environmentally friendly behaviour and to be aware of this when we are waiting for the tram under a vegetation-covered station or passing by it. We want to achieve much more and this to be just the beginning in making more green stations and other companies to get involved in improving the quality of people’s lives, as Kaufland, ENGIE and Schneider Electric are already doing. PLAN B encourages and proposes CSR projects to Romanian companies for moving from plan A, which means economic growth from inertia and business at any price to sustainable business, to a balance between economic growth and environmental protection,”

said Raluca Costache, Development Manager PLAN B.