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Turin, 23rd March 2021 – The Municipality of Turin, RINA, a multinational inspection, certification and engineering consultancy, and Arbolia, a benefit corporation of Snam and the CDP Foundation active in urban forestry, have signed a sponsorship agreement to create a forest of over 2,100 plants in the Sangone Park, in the Mirafiori Sud district. The new green area will help to reduce climate-altering emissions and improve the livability of the city.
The agreement provides that, thanks to the support of RINA, Arbolia will build an urban forest of trees and shrubs and take care of its maintenance for the first two years. In the area identified near the Mausoleum of Bela Rosin, extending over 2 hectares, 13 different species of native plants will be planted (including black poplar, ash, hackberry, linden, maple, viburnum, elder) which, when fully operational, will allow the absorption of over 100 tons of CO2 and over 400 kg of PM10 per year. Planting activities will begin in the next few days and will end by the end of April.
The initiative was announced today during a press conference by the Mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, by the Councilor for Environmental and Public Green Policies, Alberto Unia, by the CEO of RINA, Ugo Salerno, and by the Chairman of Arbolia, Mario Vitale.
“Implementing the green heritage of our city with urban forestation solutions, also thanks to partners such as RINA and Arbolia, allows us to think of a more sustainable and resilient development model - underlines the Mayor of Turin Chiara Appendino - with a strategy to strengthen the eco-systemic services generated by the territory and benefits in terms of mitigating the effects of climate change”.
“In recent years, the municipal administration has initiated and implemented numerous interventions to increase the number and quality of the city's arboreal heritage - underlines the Councilor for Green of the City of Turin Alberto Unia – The planned intervention at Parco Sangone, the result of the agreement with RINA and Arbolia, will bring to about 35 thousand the number of new trees planted for the urban forestation campaign of the city, with undoubted benefits for the environment and for the entire community”
Ugo Salerno, President and CEO of RINA, commented: "The well-being of the community and the environment is reflected in that of the companies that are part of it. Therefore, it is necessary that the latter take responsibility for contributing to the reduction of emissions. The nature of RINA's activities is already closely connected with the protection of people and the planet and this project with the Municipality of Turin and with Arbolia is fully part of our ESG strategy and our path towards carbon neutrality planned for 2023 ".
"The start of the planting project that we signed today with the Municipality of Turin - declared Mario Vitale, Chairman of Arbolia - marks an important step in the activities that Arbolia conducts in synergy with public administrations and local companies. Our common mission will be to make a concrete contribution to the fight against climate change and to improving air quality for the benefit of citizens and residents. At Arbolia we feel every day the responsibility to generate sustainable growth dynamics that have a significant and measurable impact on the environment ".
Arbolia is a benefit corporation created at the end of 2020 by Snam and the CDP Foundation to create new green areas in Italy, contributing to the fight against climate change and sustainable development of the territories.
RINA provides a wide range of services in the Energy, Marine, Certification, Real Estate and Infrastructure, Mobility and Industry sectors. With expected results for 2020 of 485 million euros, over 3,900 resources and 200 offices in 70 countries around the world, RINA participates in the main international organizations, always contributing to the development of new regulatory standards.