To overcome the challenges of climate change, the European Union has set itself an ambitious goal: to become the first climate-neutral continent.
To do so, it has promoted the European Green Deal, a highly articulated project consisting of a series of laws and investments that will be implemented over the next 30 years.
In particular, the European Commission has adopted a series of proposals to transform EU climate, energy, taxation and transport policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.
To date, the first years of action have been planned, the most delicate and important ones to be able to set up and sustain a strategy of this magnitude.
Amongst the various measures to be taken, the new forestry strategy published in July 2021 envisages the planting of 3 billion trees by 2030: the aim is to improve the quantity and quality of our forests, thus mitigating the effects of climate change while limiting the loss of biodiversity [take a look at the numbers in real time].
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the major contributor to the greenhouse effect: as we know, its rapid increase is the main cause of global warming.
It prevents some of the infrared radiation emitted by our planet from being scattered, and this leads to the global temperature rise we are all witnessing, plus increasingly frequent and extreme weather events.
One of the strategies envisaged for CO2 reduction is precisely to resort to the care and planting of forests and woodlands, which can absorb excess CO2 through the process of chlorophyll photosynthesis.
This is why preserving and helping the development of forests also and above all through the planting of new trees is a fundamental activity to help the Earth reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
WOWnature, the project created by Etifor, the spin-off of the University of Padua specialising in environmental design and research, participates in the initiative with numerous planting projects in Europe.
It is precisely with WOWnature that we at Salvador have embarked on a path to actively participate in this initiative.
One of the projects we are involved in together with WOWnature is dedicated to improving the management of the Ralser Forest. It is a centuries-old forest located in the province of Bolzano, South Tyrol, and borders a section of the A22, the Brenner motorway connecting the Po Valley with Austria and Germany.
The Ralser Forest improves the environment and health by offsetting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 9,700 cars, neutralizing the PM10 equivalent of the passage of almost half a million cars and trucks.
For every Salvador machine sold, a portion of the proceeds is invested in this project.
To date, one year after the start of the collaboration with WOWnature, 160 trees have been planted in the Ralser Forest thanks to our small responsible action.
We believe that wood is an important resource for both the environment and the economic system, and must be valued for this reason.
After all, this is part of our company’s DNA: our own machines are designed to optimize resources and reduce waste, saving up to 15% material compared to manual cutting.
A result that spurs us on to make ever more high-performance machines, optimizing resources and avoiding waste.