Thursday, 07 April 2022
To make the Metropolitan City of Milan greener and reduce CO₂ emissions, logistics real estate developer Goodman, in collaboration with AzzeroCO₂, has planted 1,000 trees in the area as part of the Mosaico Verde Campaign. ‘Given the urgency of the climate crisis, we want to reduce our impact on the environment and its ecosystems’, said Stefano Fierro, Country Manager of Goodman Italy, at the inauguration.
Following the completion of the Pioltello Logistics Centre, Goodman, a global real-estate developer that is committed to drastically reducing its emissions by 2030, was looking for an impactful initiative to contribute to the environment and tackle climate change. After a comprehensive search, Goodman chose the Mosaico Verde Campaign, an ambitious forestation project promoted by AzzeroCO₂ Following the completion of the Pioltello Logistics Centre, Goodman, a global real-estate developer that is committed to drastically reducing its emissions by 2030, was looking for an impactful initiative to contribute to the environment and tackle climate change. After a comprehensive search, Goodman chose the Mosaico Verde Campaign, an ambitious forestation project promoted by AzzeroCO₂ and Legambiente. Goodman has pledged to plant 3,000 trees and shrubs over a period of three years.
"Given the urgency of the climate crisis, we want to reduce our impact on the environment and its ecosystems. That’s why we are glad to support the Mosaico Verde Campaign,” said Stefano Fierro, Country Manager of Goodman Italy. “By planting new trees we aim to improve air quality, filter rain water more accurately, prevent flooding and erosion, and promote biodiversity.”
The first cycle of the project took part in Boscoincittá, an important urban park located within the perimeter of South Milan Agricultural Park. A thousand young trees and shrubs were planted in the area, covering part of Cava Ongari, a former gravel and sand quarry that is now undergoing major restoration works, to return the area to the community.
It is estimated that the 1,000 extra trees and shrubs in the Boscoincittà Park will help absorb about 700 tons of CO₂.
Goodman organized a planting ceremony attended by Naila Mazzucco, the Australian Consul-General and Director for Italy of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), William Peasland, Investment Director at Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), and the local authorities of the cities of Milan and Pioltello, where the Goodman logistics centre was built.
"It is nice to celebrate the conclusion of this first phase of the project, which has contributed to increasing the arboreal heritage of the city,” said Elena Grandi, Councilor for Environment and Greenery of the Municipality of Milan. “Goodman's project is commendable both for the benefits it brings in terms of urban forestation, and for raising awareness and involving people in taking care of the green areas. Trees, parks, gardens and green spaces in general represent a valuable heritage, and will guarantee our city a better, sustainable and healthier quality of life.”
The first phase of the project enriches one of the largest wooded areas in the city with new plants, strengthening the green lungs of the city of Milan. To ensure a rich biodiversity several native species were selected, consistent with the climatic conditions of the area, including Field Maple, Hornbeam, Linden, Common Oak, Cherry and Sanguinella.
“The presence of green areas in cities is essential to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis, reduce pollution and increase the wellbeing of local communities,” said Vincenzo Ventricelli, Area Manager of AzzeroCO₂. “We are happy to inaugurate the completion of the first phase in collaboration with Goodman. These thousand trees in Boscoincittà Park are an important milestone in making our urban centres more sustainable. This initiative is part of the European Project “LIFE Terra”, which has Legambiente as the only partner. It is a concrete example of how different realities working together can restore value to our territories and give citizens more places where to get in contact with nature.”
“The CFU – Urban Forestation Centre Italia Nostra – was very glad to accept Goodman’s invitation to take part in the Boscoincittà project both by planting new trees and by getting actively involved.” added Silvio Anderloni, Director of Boscoincittà
Phase 2 of the Mosaico Verde Campaign, starting soon, will focus on the area of Pioltello, where the Goodman Logistics Centre is situated, a building developed according to BREEAM Excellence standards and equipped with the latest sustainability features.
"Pursuing sustainable development by putting the brakes on atmospheric pollution, protecting biodiversity and ensuring a better quality of life is not the only goal of the initiative,” says Saimon Gaiotto, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Pioltello. “It’s the only possible way to protect the environment around us and guarantee a future for subsequent generations. Our thanks therefore go to Goodman Italy.”
"Technology is transforming the way we live, the way we design and develop our cities and the way we shop,” said Australian Consul-General Naila Mazzucco, Australian Consul-General and Director for Italy of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). “Logistics is the cornerstone of all this, and as such, it is closely linked to digitization and sustainability. We are very happy to see Goodman grow in Italy, bringing its vision and commitment to such important issues.”