IInaugurated by Agugiaro & Figna, it will absorb 220 tons of CO2.
It will be called Il Bosco del Molino and it will function as a green lung of 18 thousand trees for an extension of 13 hectares.
It was inaugurated today to celebrate the IX National Day of Trees by the historic company Agugiaro & Figna Molini in the territory of Collecchio.
Thanks to shrubs and officinal essences, the wood will allow the absorption of up to 220,000 kg of CO2 emissions per year, offsetting the total emissions produced by the wheat processing company’s plants in the four locations of Collecchio, Curtarolo, Magione and Rivolta d’Adda.
The wood is the result of a collaboration between the National Interuniversity Consortium for Environmental Sciences (Cinsa) and the milling company.
The architect Lisa di Marco participated in the project, and to realize it, innovative techniques for Italy, born and applied in the United States, were used, with the aim of achieving a detailed scientific knowledge of the soil. Strategies derived from precision agriculture were then applied to improve soil productivity and, at the same time, protect the environment.
After the video greeting of the President of the Emilia Romagna Region, Stefano Bonaccini, the event was attended by the Mayor of Collecchio, Maristella Galli, the President of Federalimentare, Ivano Vacondio, the town Councilor for Mountain, internal areas, territorial planning and equal opportunities, Barbara Lori, and finally the Mayor of Curtarolo (Padua), Martina Rocchio. The project was then presented by Alberto Figna, president of Agugiaro & Figna, Riccardo Agugiaro, CEO of the company and the landscape architect Lisa di Marco, who participated in the realization of the project.
“We live off the fruits of the Earth and for this we are grateful to it – explains the president Alberto Figna – In the DNA of our families (both Agugiaro and Figna, ed.) is embedded the deep attention to the environment, the passion and the great desire to do our work well, aiming at making the development of economic activities and the safeguard of the agricultural world compatible”.
According to Riccardo Agugiaro, in this delicate and complex historical moment it is not only important “to perform actions and have a responsible attitude, but also to expand the concept of circular economy through projects that can include other virtuous and shared models”.
Regarding the characteristics of the Wood, we must point out the use of straw for mulching (that is the operation carried out in agriculture and gardening that is done by covering the ground with a layer of material, in order to prevent the growth of weeds); the plants are protected with natural material, thus avoiding the use of plastic; the spaces between the plants themselves are made respecting biodiversity in order to protect it and encourage its development.
It will be a place of sharing for employees who will have an open space where they can spend their free time, offering more outsiders the opportunity to use it, sharing moments of knowledge and information that will be organized through seminars, conferences, meetings.
The Wood will become an extension of corporate life for employees; for Emilia Romagna schoolchildren it will be a place to meet and discuss issues concerning environmental education, respect, and knowledge of the ecosystem.