For the second year in a row Just Trees, a nursery in Paarl in the Western Cape, is taking steps to ensure that the trees it is selling carry no residual carbon footprint. The nursery conducted an internal assessment and then calculated its carbon footprint under the guidelines set out in the GHG Protocol. This was then reviewed by experienced carbon footprint analysts all regulated by The Carbon Protocol South Africa. It might be assumed that a nursery – by virtue of its business being trees – is ‘green’ by default. But take into account factors such as the electricity, fuel, fertilizer, containers, plastic bags, paper and transport that are required to produce trees and, like any other product, a container-grown tree can tread heavily on the earth in terms of the carbon footprint it leaves behind.