The delegation of the European Union (EU) in Tanzania has pledged to plant over 5,000 trees a year to offset its annual carbon emissions, the local Guardian newspaper reports.

Quoting a statement issued by the EU mission, the newspaper says the trees will be planted in Mufindi district in the central-southern Iringa region on a farm run by the Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT). The project is designed to compensate for the estimated 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions that are generated annually by the 300 staff working at the delegation in Umoja House in Dar es Salaam through air-conditioning, waste processing and other services.