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AmberGreen Program

AmberGreen aims to implement as many “green” solutions as possible to protect the climate. The expected effect of our actions will be to minimize the environmental impact of the motorway. The programme will implement projects related to the gradual introduction of ecological solutions to infrastructure and surroundings on or near the Motorway, e.g. LED lighting, solar panels, waste segregation on MOPs, cooperation with beekeepers, planting plants or environmental education.

AmberGreen aims to implement “green” solutions on selected areas to protect the climate. The expected effect of our actions will be to reduse the environmental impact of the motorway. The programme will implement projects related to the gradual introduction of ecological solutions to infrastructure and surroundings on or near the Motorway, e.g. LED lighting, solar panels, waste segregation on MOPs, cooperationwith beekeepers, planting plants or environmental education.
In the coming years, under the AmberGreen programme, the AmberOne A1 Motorway concessionaire will provide funds for plant seedlings to municipalities along the motorway that express an interest in participating in the project. Deciduous trees and shrubs will be preferred, because the idea of the project is – in addition to increasing the attractiveness of the municipality – primarily to reduce CO2 levels and increase oxygen production in regions close to the expressway. Any municipality’s planting projects to be co-funded by AmberGreen must be prepared and implemented, as well as maintained in the future, by the respective municipality.

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In 2021 the project “Green initiative – Development of green areas in the area of Starogard Gdański municipality” was implemented. The main objective of this project was to create a convenient space for residents to rest and relax and to reduce CO₂ emissions, generated by road users, through the development of green areas in the villages of Siwiałka and Klonówka.

The initiative have planted 57 deciduous trees and 125 shrubs, and created 0.5 hectares of flower meadow. The green areas developed will perform many functions. In Siwiałka there will be a place fully friendly to pollinators, mainly bees, for which a flower meadow of 0.5 hectares and native tree species constitute a great food base. It is the first “real” flower meadow with such a large area in the municipality. The arrangement and development of the green area contributed to highlighting the landscape values and improving the aesthetics of the village. Sowing the flower meadow contributed to the creation of a so-called maintenance-free area, which does not force the owner to frequent watering and mowing procedures, which directly translates into a reduction in water consumption, stopping it in nature and reducing emissions of gases from scythes or lawnmowers. The use of native species is also intended to restore the former nature of plantings in the rural landscape.

In Klonówka, the linden avenue, which was formerly made up of dignible linden trees, was renovated. It will be a place that is friendly to residents and hikes and cyclists. In addition, thanks to plantings, the landscape values of the village will be significantly improved by the exposed tree created as seen from the motorway side. There will be a natural barrier separating from the impact of adverse traffic factors. We created a place convenient for pollinators ,as well as later for birds, which will use treetops to build nests, rest or natural chat rooms.

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The pilot edition of the program AmberGreen is now behind us. The municipality of Grudziądz used a fund of PLN 30,000 to green the square, as part of the “Land Development Project in Little Rudnik”. In the project nearly 900 trees and shrubs embedded, which will improve air quality and become part of a green corner, allowing relaxation and creating a place for neighborly meetings.

The Łąka project – first in Poland motorway flower meadow

The pilot hectare of flower meadow, was sowed in April 2021 at the Stanisławie junction.

The Łąka project is implemented in cooperation with the Łąka Foundation, which has been promoting and establishing flower meadows for years. On the test plot on SPO Stanisławie, it grows precisely selected mixtures of seeds of 38 types of plants, m.in cornflowers, sage, clover, chicory, Santa Claus, carrots, poppy seeds, nostril and primrose. About 100,000 plants with 6 million individual flowers grew in the meadow at the peak of summer, feeding potentially 160,000 bees and other pollinators.

The construction and maintenance of motorways are needed to facilitate transport. However, they take up a lot of space, cross important natural areas and require constant expenditure on the maintenance of greenery. Sustainability issues are close to our heart and are a natural part of our business. That is why we have a modern and pro-ecological approach to green areas.

Our flower helps to reduce the noise level of vehicle noise, and the plant mixture used has air-purifying properties. The hectare meadow under favorable conditions binds up to 10 tonnes of CO2 per year and absorbs up to 120 kg of PM 2.5 dust.

The picture gallery presents flowers and insects that appeared on the test plot on SPO Stanisławie.