Today, more than ever, environmental sustainability has become a priority, to the point that attention regarding this issue is increasingly widespread and shared not only at the institutional level but also within companies operating in the most diverse fields.
Our industry, of course, is no different. Think, for example, of Industry 5.0, the imminent, momentous industrial paradigm shift that will recalibrate the concepts of sustainability and resilience with a human-centric approach to regulating the human-machine relationship.
Emblematic in this regard is the description provided by the paper Industry 5.0. Towards a sustainable, human-centric and resilient European industry, by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD):
“We call it Industry 5.0. This vision recognizes the power of industry to achieve societal goals beyond jobs and growth, to become a resilient provider of prosperity, by making production respect the boundaries of our planet”.
Sensitivity and structural initiatives from “above” are therefore not lacking, and we are sure that in the future they will be increasingly central to the development of a new, sustainable and environmentally friendly way of doing business.
In the meantime, we at Salvador work every day on the development of wood cutting optimizers with all the commitment and passion that have accompanied us for more than 40 years. Machines that implement the production of companies, designed to minimize the waste resulting from wood processing – up to 15% less material than a manual cutting system. Solutions that are the result of an awareness gained over time about saving raw material and making the most of what is available.
Our core business has also been joined in recent years by the path taken with WOWnature, the portal that allows people to support projects aimed at improving the ecosystem in Italy and around the world.
The idea stems from the desire to contribute to the fight against climate change by protecting forested areas at risk and supporting natural and social redevelopment projects. Forests are a fundamental resource for humans and the environment: trees help mitigate the climate, are a natural brake on hydrogeological landslides, make the soil fertile, conserve biodiversity, and provide local populations with raw materials that are essential to their livelihoods.
The Ralser Forest is a centuries-old forest located in the province of Bolzano, South Tyrol, and borders a section of the A22, the Brenner freeway that connects 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 with its trees, neutralizing the PM10 equivalent of the passage of nearly half a million cars and trucks.
For every Salvador machine sold, a portion of the proceeds is invested in this project.
To date, and the figures are being updated, 160 trees have been planted in the Ralser Forest thanks to our small responsible action.
The second WOWnature project we are supporting is a social reforestation initiative to adopt and plant baobab, shea, moringa and neré trees.
This is an important intervention that allows us to contribute not only to the fight against desertification, but also to the training of Burkinabe women, who learn how to take care of the trees and process their fruits to make products for both food and cosmetics.
A project that is therefore not only committed to restoring biodiversity to areas that are degraded and suffering from aridity, but also aims to promote a path of women’s empowerment.
We believe that taking care of the environment today is the best way to live in a better world tomorrow.
Everyday actions, our dedication to making more and more efficient machinery, and projects like WOWnature’s are the most effective way for us to make a concrete commitment in this direction.