• 2 December 2022

    Marine waste supply chain

    During the Re-think event held in Naples in July, Marcella De Martino, CNR’s first researcher, spoke about an exciting project they are pursuing in the marine waste management supply chain. Marcella De Martino began her speech by introducing the FIRM project, which originated from a multi-measure call from the Campania Region under the EMFF, from the old 2014-2020 programming. It is a very ambitious project that seeks to solve one of the great problems of our seas: the presence of marine litter. To better understand the project, De Martino began by presenting the background of the marine litter problem. The data she refers to can be found in the report “Mare Nostrum Mare Plasticum“, which mentions that there are currently 50 million tons of visible waste in our seas. Looking in detail at the Mediterranean Sea, it is estimated that there are about 1.2 million tons of plastic waste, another really worrying piece of information is that still today about 700 tonnes of plastic are spilled into the sea daily. European and national strategies have been particularly active on this issue for several years; it is an ongoing process that will bring results from medium- and long-term perspectives. At the moment, the recycling rate of all industrial waste is around 12 percent and Italy is among the most virtuous countries. Among the European strategies working on this front are the Green Deal, the Circular Economy Action Plan, and the Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy, which aim to foster the ecological transition and create sustainable and circular economic models. Italy has transposed the European regulations, adapting them to the national context. At the Italian level, the National Strategy for the Circular Economy, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, and the National Waste Management Program have been published, with measures...
  • 25 November 2022

    From toilet paper to value paper

    As we know, today it is especially important to be able to transform our economy from linear to circular, and during Re-think in Milan, Coos Wessels presented us with a reality that transforms waste into useful products for the market. Coos Wessels, Managing Director at CirTec, discussed what the business is doing to upgrade toilet paper to value paper. First, he explained that CirTec is an acronym for Circular Technology, in particular, they focus on the recovery of valuables from sewage and wastewater streams, using low-value residual energy for treating concentrated waste streams. His intervention focused on the recovery of cellulose from sewage. While presenting, Wessels tried to avoid the word wastewater, because as he said, sewage should be considered a valuable source of many materials and not waste. In fact, the consumption of all natural resources is still increasing worldwide, underlying the need to recover valuable materials from different sources such as sewage. For instance, in sewage, they found cellulose (which is the main element of their business) together with bioplastics, phosphate, and more. Therefore, sewage can have a significant impact. However yet, up till now only about 1% of what is in our sewage water is used. Italy, Wessels continued, is the largest consumer of tissue papers and in Europe, there are about 9.6 million tonnes of tissues consumed. However, about 6.5 million tonnes end up in the sewage system and come up at the sewage treatment plant while the rest is used for other things. In this context, CirTec can recover approximately 4.5 million tons of material saving about 4.9 million trees a year and producing a forest of 29,700 hectares. CirTec was born while looking at the Dutch water authorities and realizing that it is possible to produce energy while treating sewage. From this idea, they...
  • 18 November 2022

    ATM Transition

    As part of the last Re-think held in Milan in February 2022, Paolo Marchetti, Commercial, Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability Director of ATM, Azienda Trasporti Milanesi, spoke about how important the company’s focus on sustainability and circular economy issues is, what projects are underway and what its goals are. Paolo Marchetti started his speech by remarking on the importance of speaking about sustainability for a company that in the city of Milan has a great impact. ATM is a group composed of 10,000 employees and operates in Milan but also in its surroundings in 96 municipalities, operating around 185 kilometers, before Covid-19, it carried 2.5 million passengers per day. It operates not only in urban and suburban public transport but also in automatic metros and in the backend of the industry, managing rail diagnostic, and maintenance of the fleets, infrastructure, and network technologies. Moreover, to be most integrated, it also manages the bike-sharing system and the car park around the city. All these modes of transportation guarantee the company to build a strong strategic plan with really focused pillars regarding its vision. First of all, Marchetti underlined how ATM is able to make the city of Milan a liveable, sustainable and smart city. At ATM, they work to guarantee this vision by operational excellence in building a stronger sustainability policy, not only regarding carbon neutrality but also all the points of view of the company with the help of technological innovation, and with benchmarks as well. In fact, for instance, the company also operates in Copenhagen, which was very important in improving the automatic metro management. The network in Milan is complex and integrated, there are different layers aimed at guaranteeing all the types of movement in the city: 5 metro lines, 19 tram lines, 4 lines of trolleybuses and 158...
  • 10 November 2022

    50 anni di Teleriscaldamento

    Quest’anno A2A festeggia i 50 anni dalla nascita della prima centrale di teleriscaldamento a Brescia. A2A ha deciso di celebrare questo importante traguardo, organizzando insieme a Tondo un Hackathon aperto ai licei ed istituti bresciani, al fine di trasmettere la conoscenza sugli elementi chiave che riguardano il teleriscaldamento e allo stesso tempo per poter essere ispirati dalle idee fresche e innovative dei ragazzi. L’Hackathon si è tenuto il 21 e 22 ottobre e si è svolto nella sede di A2A di via Lamarmora. L’evento ha visto la partecipazione di studenti e studentesse provenienti dal Liceo Gambara, dall’Istituto Salesiano Don Bosco e dall’Istituto Itis Castelli. I partecipanti sono stati numerosi e volenterosi. Alla fine della seconda giornata sono stati decretati tre gruppi vincitori, uno per ogni challenge proposta, ai quali è stato assegnato un premio. L’evento è cominciato la mattina di venerdì 21 ottobre con l’apertura di Michele Rota, Responsabile sviluppo teleriscaldamento per A2A Calore e Servizi e Vincenzo Oliviero Innovation Manager di A2A, che hanno accolto i ragazzi introducendo brevemente le tre sfide. La prima challenge è stata introdotta e raccontata da Daniele Pasinelli, Referente Progetti strategici in A2A Calore e Servizi e Luisa Zacchi, Asset Management coordinamento in A2A Calore e Servizi. Il teleriscaldamento offre molti vantaggi: utilizzo di fonti di calore locali, elevata sicurezza dell’approvvigionamento, ridotto fabbisogno di spazio, spese di manutenzione ridotte. Il teleriscaldamento risulta anche tra gli strumenti più efficaci per la riduzione delle emissioni di anidride carbonica e la sua diffusione è in costante crescita, soprattutto in Europa. Eppure, si può ancora fare meglio, sfruttando fonti energetiche rinnovabili (biomasse, geotermia ecc..) e\o integrazioni di calore da recupero industriale nelle reti di riscaldamento e riducendo il consumo di combustibili fossili. Dunque, la sfida della prima challenge era quella di trovare delle nuove opportunità di integrazione delle...
  • 4 November 2022

    Reuse wine waste

    During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum in Milan held in February 2022, we had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Silvia Buzzi, HSE and Sustainability Manager at Caviro Extra, who told us about a wonderful circular reality Silvia Buzzi takes us into the world of wine: Caviro is an all-Romagna group that has as its input to enhance the entire wine supply chain. It is also a beautiful tangible example of regenerative capitalism. Caviro is a second-degree cooperative, encompassing 29 members including 27 social wineries. It was founded in 1966 and has recovery in its DNA, because physiologically in the agricultural world it is essential not to throw anything away. The mission is to valorize members’ grapes, not only to valorize the grapes by paying them at an average price above the market price but to valorize all the by-products of winemaking because grapes hold so many surprises. There are 12,000 winemaking members scattered in seven regions of Italy, from northern Italy to southern Italy, because this makes it possible to guarantee a great variety of wines, thus satisfying the most demanding palates. Caviro’s wines range from the daily wine we know, Tavernello, and Castellino, to super-premium category wines such as Amarone Della Valpolicella. These members cultivate more than 36,000 hectares of vineyard area in Italy, this means that where there is a cooperative there is no land abandonment and this is fundamental; therefore, without land abandonment, because the remuneration is certain, we can be sure that land use change does not happen and the biodiversity that our territory needs is guaranteed. Silvia Buzzi explained that Caviro’s supply chain processes about 10 percent of Italian grapes, about 700 thousand tons per year, and makes wine from them clearly, exceeding 220 million liters of wine poured on the market,...
  • 19 October 2022

    Education for sustainability

    Enhancing marine protected areas through waste recovery During the Re-think event held in Naples in July, Carmine Esposito, Head of Mare Vivo Campania region, presented Mare Vivo, an environmental association that has been working nationally and internationally for more than 40 years to protect the sea and the environment. It consists of its own scientific technical committee of University professors, researchers, and professionals who are experts in the various issues the association deals with. The association is divided into territorial delegations and divisions, such as the diving division, the marine protected areas division, the rivers division, and, most recently, the naval league division. The latter arose from a memorandum of understanding with the Italian Naval League as part of a project having as its object pollution, which aims to reduce marine pollution by microplastics. This battle has been carried on for some time now. All activities carried out by the association aim to increase the attention of public opinion and relevant institutions toward the sea. Among the activities carried out are environmental education, scientific research, sustainable development, training, information campaigns, and shoreline and seabed cleanup activities. In recent years, Esposito continued, environmental education programs have given much satisfaction. For example, the “Dolphin Guardians” project features children as protagonists. It aims to increase their awareness of the enormous environmental, landscape, and natural heritage that their territory possesses, as well as wanting to reverse the direction by trying to reduce the impact of pollution. At the end of the “Guardian Dolphins” course, the participating children will become true sentinels of the sea, able to carry out monitoring and reporting activities at the relevant maritime offices of the harbor master’s office. Numerous educational institutions throughout Italy have been reached with great satisfaction. Mare Vivo also, Esposito continued, schedules several educational visits with foundations...
  • 14 October 2022

    Waste as a resource

    A2A Case study During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum event in Milan held last February, there were many speakers who brought their company’s conduct as a case study. In this case, Guglielmo Carra, Innovation Manager at A2A told us about how to manage waste to make it a resource. He started his speech by explaining that A2A is a life company that deals with the environment, water, energy, and all the necessary conditions for life. They take care of people’s well-being by providing them with those services to meet their daily needs. All this considers the principles of long-term sustainability. Looking at their investments they are planning a 10-year industrial plan with 18 billion euros in investment, of which about 60% will be focused on the energy transition, and 40% will be on Circular Economy (CE) projects and activities. In the company, they deal with different business sectors: from power generation to distribution and selling of energy, water, and gas, together with the waste collection as well. A2A business model is an integrated loop of services that allows maximizing the value of resources, such as energy, water, or materials, and for which, innovation, new technologies, and digitalization are all key enablers to accelerating the transition to a CE. On a yearly basis, the company serves about 4 million people, it collects and treats about 3.2 million tons of waste, and interestingly the recovery rate of waste as energy and materials is above 99.7%. This means that only 0.3% of the waste they manage goes to landfill, instead all the rest is processed in A2A plants with the end goal of creating a positive impact on the communities they operate in. To have a correct waste management system all the sorted waste goes into the selection plans which operate to create...
  • 7 October 2022

    Sustainable fashion: Yamamay

    Is a sustainable fashion industry possible? In the talk presented by Barbara Cimmino during the Re-think Naples event that took place last June, we could see how a company through constant efforts and collaborations with external partners can change its economic model from linear to circular. Barbara Cimmino, CSR Director of Yamamay, began her speech by starting precisely from the city of Naples, saying that it is a place that has proven time and again on different fronts and for all industries that it has been able to generate culture over the centuries, and, she says, it is precisely from a culture that we must start again. The change to a more sustainable reality must be carried forward together, by institutions and industry. The Yamamay project started in 2021, and a key theme for the company is biodiversity protection. The study begun last year on biodiversity had anticipated, at the time, the increasing attention to the issue: we do not have another Planet, and at this rate of growth it is not possible to preserve and protect the balance of biodiversity. Cimmino went on to emphasize how necessary it is for companies to change their approach and move from the linear economy system to the circular economy. The transition is possible through measurement and measuring means knowing the state of the problem. Yamamay’s goal is to unite the environmental and digital transition, and this is possible through knowledge. The company began its transition by starting with a focus on the sea, a natural element that covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface, which is also fundamental to the earth’s breathing cycle, can produce 50 percent of the globe’s oxygen and absorb 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced. The speech continued by introducing the company with some figures: Yamamay ended...
  • 23 September 2022

    Circular fish market

    In a few days the next Re-think Circular Economy Forum event will be held in Taranto, where one of the main topics will be Agri-food. To get fully into this topic, we repropose an interesting Case study that was the subject of the speech by Gianmarco Deleidi, Sector Manager – Esselunga Fish Purchasing Sales Management, during the Re-think event held in Milan in February this year. Gianmarco Deleidi began his speech by emphasizing how the word “Re-think” is truly representative of the soul of Esselunga, a company at the forefront in terms of innovation and attentive to the theme of circularity for many years already, driven also by the endorsement of the Ownership on these issues. The expression “Re-think” means at the same time reinventing, and rethinking models, and that is why the company wanted to integrate and correct, and in some cases even improve, all its processes at the supply chain level. All of Esselunga’s departments have been involved in the innovation process, but Gianmarco Deleidi’s talk focused on the Biandrate Processing Center where the company, a food company as well as a retailer, prepares all of the fish you see on the counters of its supermarkets. The center is in the province of Novara, was created in 2007 and is a unique plant in terms of area and volume with 31 thousand square meters; an average of 25 thousand tons of product are processed here, resulting in waste production. Inside the new plant of about 12 thousand square meters are highly automated lines that allow intercepting all processing waste and, even, it is possible to set and modify products directly during the processing stages. Inside the fish processing center, there is also a 2,500-square-meter sushi plant and 1,000 square meters dedicated to the production of ready-to-cook (the “food...
  • 20 September 2022

    Re-think Taranto 2022: the program is out

    Comunicato Stampa Taranto, 16 settembre 2022 – Un grande evento dedicato al futuro, alla sostenibilità, alla tutela degli ecosistemi. “Re-think – Circular Economy Forum” torna a Taranto il 3, 4 e 5 ottobre negli spazi del Dipartimento Jonico dell’Università di Bari, con un fitto programma di talk e tavole rotonde focalizzati su 6 aree tematiche: energie rinnovabili, mobilità sostenibile, agri-food, economia del mare, risorsa acqua, e valorizzazione dei rifiuti. Maggiori dettagli sul programma si possono trovare sul sito dell’evento: https://re-think.today/taranto-event-2022.php La manifestazione, organizzata da Tondo in collaborazione con Eurota ETS e con Eni come main partner è stata presentata questa mattina, durante una conferenza stampa nel Castello Aragonese di Taranto, cui hanno partecipato l’assessore al Patrimonio del Comune di Taranto Gianni Azzaro e il collega titolare dello Sviluppo Economico Fabrizio Manzulli, il direttore DIH Confapi Industria Taranto Maurizio Maraglino Miscianga, la direttrice di Its Logistica Puglia Luigia Tocci e l’Head of Partnerships in Tondo Francesco Fumarola. “Re-think – Circular Economy Forum” sarà un’occasione di confronto e creazione di valore, per il secondo anno consecutivo a Taranto, che rilancia questa presenza con tante altre nuove iniziative. Oltre il forum vero e proprio, che vedrà protagonisti di assoluto valore nel panorama dell’economia circolare, verrà infatti allestita anche un’area fieristica dove aziende, startup, enti di ricerca e istituti accademici, presenteranno i progetti che stanno portando avanti, con l’obiettivo di fornire più spunti per future collaborazioni a livello micro e macro territoriale. «Lo scorso anno vincemmo una scommessa – le parole dell’assessore Gianni Azzaro – perché l’amministrazione guidata dal sindaco Rinaldo Melucci scelse di sostenere questo evento, con lo scopo di rendere Taranto il luogo dove parlare di economia circolare. Avemmo un successo enorme, che quest’anno vogliamo ripetere e se possibile superare: Taranto dovrà ospitare la prima fiera italiana dell’economia circolare, figlia di questo evento. Tra...
  • 16 September 2022

    Cirplus: making plastic waste history

    How creating a global marketplace for plastic recylates make plastic waste a thing of the past In 2018, cirplus’ journey began off the unlikely coast of Colombia. After building and scaling BlaBlaCar Germany – today’s largest ridesharing platform in the world – co-founder, Christian Schiller took himself on a well-deserved break. His idea was a beautiful trip around the world, sailing from coast to coast through the Caribbean to Colombia and Panama. However, on the open sea, he didn’t just have to consider the dark depths of the ocean and the irregular weather caused by global warming, he was face-to-face with a problem of magnitude – a hundred meters long dense carpets of plastic waste. Shocked, yet determined, Christian knew he had to do something to tackle this crisis. With co-founder, Volkan Bilici, web technologies veteran and blockchain expert, the idea of cirplus was born. The ambition of the founders was to create a global marketplace for circular plastics and take on the impressive task of making plastic waste history. Cirplus is the world’s-first global AI-enabled marketplace for circular plastics. Its software simplifies the currently complex trade of recyclates and plastic waste by digitalizing the complex, and largely offline, transactions of plastic waste feedstock, regrind and regranulates. Created for companies in the plastic and recycling value chain, cirplus mission is to build a platform for finding, negotiating, contracting, shipping, insuring, and paying for recyclates and plastic waste trades across the globe – a solution to the world’s plastic waste crisis. Its digital procurement platform connects waste managers, recyclers, and product manufacturers to buy and sell plastic recyclates in a reliable and cost-effective way. Using its software, it brings high-quality recyclates back into the supply chain at a lower transactional cost by using AI-enabled smart matching of supply and demand based on volumes, quality and price. Over time, AI...
  • 2 December 2022

    Marine waste supply chain

    During the Re-think event held in Naples in July, Marcella De Martino, CNR’s first researcher, spoke about an exciting project they are pursuing in the marine waste management supply chain. Marcella De Martino began her speech by introducing the FIRM project, which originated from a multi-measure call from the Campania Region under the EMFF, from the old 2014-2020 programming. It is a very ambitious project that seeks to solve one of the great problems of our seas: the presence of marine litter. To better understand the project, De Martino began by presenting the background of the marine litter problem. The data she refers to can be found in the report “Mare Nostrum Mare Plasticum“, which mentions that there are currently 50 million tons of visible waste in our seas. Looking in detail at the Mediterranean Sea, it is estimated that there are about 1.2 million tons of plastic waste, another really worrying piece of information is that still today about 700 tonnes of plastic are spilled into the sea daily. European and national strategies have been particularly active on this issue for several years; it is an ongoing process that will bring results from medium- and long-term perspectives. At the moment, the recycling rate of all industrial waste is around 12 percent and Italy is among the most virtuous countries. Among the European strategies working on this front are the Green Deal, the Circular Economy Action Plan, and the Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy, which aim to foster the ecological transition and create sustainable and circular economic models. Italy has transposed the European regulations, adapting them to the national context. At the Italian level, the National Strategy for the Circular Economy, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, and the National Waste Management Program have been published, with measures...
  • 25 November 2022

    From toilet paper to value paper

    As we know, today it is especially important to be able to transform our economy from linear to circular, and during Re-think in Milan, Coos Wessels presented us with a reality that transforms waste into useful products for the market. Coos Wessels, Managing Director at CirTec, discussed what the business is doing to upgrade toilet paper to value paper. First, he explained that CirTec is an acronym for Circular Technology, in particular, they focus on the recovery of valuables from sewage and wastewater streams, using low-value residual energy for treating concentrated waste streams. His intervention focused on the recovery of cellulose from sewage. While presenting, Wessels tried to avoid the word wastewater, because as he said, sewage should be considered a valuable source of many materials and not waste. In fact, the consumption of all natural resources is still increasing worldwide, underlying the need to recover valuable materials from different sources such as sewage. For instance, in sewage, they found cellulose (which is the main element of their business) together with bioplastics, phosphate, and more. Therefore, sewage can have a significant impact. However yet, up till now only about 1% of what is in our sewage water is used. Italy, Wessels continued, is the largest consumer of tissue papers and in Europe, there are about 9.6 million tonnes of tissues consumed. However, about 6.5 million tonnes end up in the sewage system and come up at the sewage treatment plant while the rest is used for other things. In this context, CirTec can recover approximately 4.5 million tons of material saving about 4.9 million trees a year and producing a forest of 29,700 hectares. CirTec was born while looking at the Dutch water authorities and realizing that it is possible to produce energy while treating sewage. From this idea, they...
  • 18 November 2022

    ATM Transition

    As part of the last Re-think held in Milan in February 2022, Paolo Marchetti, Commercial, Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability Director of ATM, Azienda Trasporti Milanesi, spoke about how important the company’s focus on sustainability and circular economy issues is, what projects are underway and what its goals are. Paolo Marchetti started his speech by remarking on the importance of speaking about sustainability for a company that in the city of Milan has a great impact. ATM is a group composed of 10,000 employees and operates in Milan but also in its surroundings in 96 municipalities, operating around 185 kilometers, before Covid-19, it carried 2.5 million passengers per day. It operates not only in urban and suburban public transport but also in automatic metros and in the backend of the industry, managing rail diagnostic, and maintenance of the fleets, infrastructure, and network technologies. Moreover, to be most integrated, it also manages the bike-sharing system and the car park around the city. All these modes of transportation guarantee the company to build a strong strategic plan with really focused pillars regarding its vision. First of all, Marchetti underlined how ATM is able to make the city of Milan a liveable, sustainable and smart city. At ATM, they work to guarantee this vision by operational excellence in building a stronger sustainability policy, not only regarding carbon neutrality but also all the points of view of the company with the help of technological innovation, and with benchmarks as well. In fact, for instance, the company also operates in Copenhagen, which was very important in improving the automatic metro management. The network in Milan is complex and integrated, there are different layers aimed at guaranteeing all the types of movement in the city: 5 metro lines, 19 tram lines, 4 lines of trolleybuses and 158...
  • 10 November 2022

    50 anni di Teleriscaldamento

    Quest’anno A2A festeggia i 50 anni dalla nascita della prima centrale di teleriscaldamento a Brescia. A2A ha deciso di celebrare questo importante traguardo, organizzando insieme a Tondo un Hackathon aperto ai licei ed istituti bresciani, al fine di trasmettere la conoscenza sugli elementi chiave che riguardano il teleriscaldamento e allo stesso tempo per poter essere ispirati dalle idee fresche e innovative dei ragazzi. L’Hackathon si è tenuto il 21 e 22 ottobre e si è svolto nella sede di A2A di via Lamarmora. L’evento ha visto la partecipazione di studenti e studentesse provenienti dal Liceo Gambara, dall’Istituto Salesiano Don Bosco e dall’Istituto Itis Castelli. I partecipanti sono stati numerosi e volenterosi. Alla fine della seconda giornata sono stati decretati tre gruppi vincitori, uno per ogni challenge proposta, ai quali è stato assegnato un premio. L’evento è cominciato la mattina di venerdì 21 ottobre con l’apertura di Michele Rota, Responsabile sviluppo teleriscaldamento per A2A Calore e Servizi e Vincenzo Oliviero Innovation Manager di A2A, che hanno accolto i ragazzi introducendo brevemente le tre sfide. La prima challenge è stata introdotta e raccontata da Daniele Pasinelli, Referente Progetti strategici in A2A Calore e Servizi e Luisa Zacchi, Asset Management coordinamento in A2A Calore e Servizi. Il teleriscaldamento offre molti vantaggi: utilizzo di fonti di calore locali, elevata sicurezza dell’approvvigionamento, ridotto fabbisogno di spazio, spese di manutenzione ridotte. Il teleriscaldamento risulta anche tra gli strumenti più efficaci per la riduzione delle emissioni di anidride carbonica e la sua diffusione è in costante crescita, soprattutto in Europa. Eppure, si può ancora fare meglio, sfruttando fonti energetiche rinnovabili (biomasse, geotermia ecc..) e\o integrazioni di calore da recupero industriale nelle reti di riscaldamento e riducendo il consumo di combustibili fossili. Dunque, la sfida della prima challenge era quella di trovare delle nuove opportunità di integrazione delle...
  • 4 November 2022

    Reuse wine waste

    During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum in Milan held in February 2022, we had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Silvia Buzzi, HSE and Sustainability Manager at Caviro Extra, who told us about a wonderful circular reality Silvia Buzzi takes us into the world of wine: Caviro is an all-Romagna group that has as its input to enhance the entire wine supply chain. It is also a beautiful tangible example of regenerative capitalism. Caviro is a second-degree cooperative, encompassing 29 members including 27 social wineries. It was founded in 1966 and has recovery in its DNA, because physiologically in the agricultural world it is essential not to throw anything away. The mission is to valorize members’ grapes, not only to valorize the grapes by paying them at an average price above the market price but to valorize all the by-products of winemaking because grapes hold so many surprises. There are 12,000 winemaking members scattered in seven regions of Italy, from northern Italy to southern Italy, because this makes it possible to guarantee a great variety of wines, thus satisfying the most demanding palates. Caviro’s wines range from the daily wine we know, Tavernello, and Castellino, to super-premium category wines such as Amarone Della Valpolicella. These members cultivate more than 36,000 hectares of vineyard area in Italy, this means that where there is a cooperative there is no land abandonment and this is fundamental; therefore, without land abandonment, because the remuneration is certain, we can be sure that land use change does not happen and the biodiversity that our territory needs is guaranteed. Silvia Buzzi explained that Caviro’s supply chain processes about 10 percent of Italian grapes, about 700 thousand tons per year, and makes wine from them clearly, exceeding 220 million liters of wine poured on the market,...
  • 19 October 2022

    Education for sustainability

    Enhancing marine protected areas through waste recovery During the Re-think event held in Naples in July, Carmine Esposito, Head of Mare Vivo Campania region, presented Mare Vivo, an environmental association that has been working nationally and internationally for more than 40 years to protect the sea and the environment. It consists of its own scientific technical committee of University professors, researchers, and professionals who are experts in the various issues the association deals with. The association is divided into territorial delegations and divisions, such as the diving division, the marine protected areas division, the rivers division, and, most recently, the naval league division. The latter arose from a memorandum of understanding with the Italian Naval League as part of a project having as its object pollution, which aims to reduce marine pollution by microplastics. This battle has been carried on for some time now. All activities carried out by the association aim to increase the attention of public opinion and relevant institutions toward the sea. Among the activities carried out are environmental education, scientific research, sustainable development, training, information campaigns, and shoreline and seabed cleanup activities. In recent years, Esposito continued, environmental education programs have given much satisfaction. For example, the “Dolphin Guardians” project features children as protagonists. It aims to increase their awareness of the enormous environmental, landscape, and natural heritage that their territory possesses, as well as wanting to reverse the direction by trying to reduce the impact of pollution. At the end of the “Guardian Dolphins” course, the participating children will become true sentinels of the sea, able to carry out monitoring and reporting activities at the relevant maritime offices of the harbor master’s office. Numerous educational institutions throughout Italy have been reached with great satisfaction. Mare Vivo also, Esposito continued, schedules several educational visits with foundations...
  • 14 October 2022

    Waste as a resource

    A2A Case study During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum event in Milan held last February, there were many speakers who brought their company’s conduct as a case study. In this case, Guglielmo Carra, Innovation Manager at A2A told us about how to manage waste to make it a resource. He started his speech by explaining that A2A is a life company that deals with the environment, water, energy, and all the necessary conditions for life. They take care of people’s well-being by providing them with those services to meet their daily needs. All this considers the principles of long-term sustainability. Looking at their investments they are planning a 10-year industrial plan with 18 billion euros in investment, of which about 60% will be focused on the energy transition, and 40% will be on Circular Economy (CE) projects and activities. In the company, they deal with different business sectors: from power generation to distribution and selling of energy, water, and gas, together with the waste collection as well. A2A business model is an integrated loop of services that allows maximizing the value of resources, such as energy, water, or materials, and for which, innovation, new technologies, and digitalization are all key enablers to accelerating the transition to a CE. On a yearly basis, the company serves about 4 million people, it collects and treats about 3.2 million tons of waste, and interestingly the recovery rate of waste as energy and materials is above 99.7%. This means that only 0.3% of the waste they manage goes to landfill, instead all the rest is processed in A2A plants with the end goal of creating a positive impact on the communities they operate in. To have a correct waste management system all the sorted waste goes into the selection plans which operate to create...
  • 7 October 2022

    Sustainable fashion: Yamamay

    Is a sustainable fashion industry possible? In the talk presented by Barbara Cimmino during the Re-think Naples event that took place last June, we could see how a company through constant efforts and collaborations with external partners can change its economic model from linear to circular. Barbara Cimmino, CSR Director of Yamamay, began her speech by starting precisely from the city of Naples, saying that it is a place that has proven time and again on different fronts and for all industries that it has been able to generate culture over the centuries, and, she says, it is precisely from a culture that we must start again. The change to a more sustainable reality must be carried forward together, by institutions and industry. The Yamamay project started in 2021, and a key theme for the company is biodiversity protection. The study begun last year on biodiversity had anticipated, at the time, the increasing attention to the issue: we do not have another Planet, and at this rate of growth it is not possible to preserve and protect the balance of biodiversity. Cimmino went on to emphasize how necessary it is for companies to change their approach and move from the linear economy system to the circular economy. The transition is possible through measurement and measuring means knowing the state of the problem. Yamamay’s goal is to unite the environmental and digital transition, and this is possible through knowledge. The company began its transition by starting with a focus on the sea, a natural element that covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface, which is also fundamental to the earth’s breathing cycle, can produce 50 percent of the globe’s oxygen and absorb 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced. The speech continued by introducing the company with some figures: Yamamay ended...
  • 23 September 2022

    Circular fish market

    In a few days the next Re-think Circular Economy Forum event will be held in Taranto, where one of the main topics will be Agri-food. To get fully into this topic, we repropose an interesting Case study that was the subject of the speech by Gianmarco Deleidi, Sector Manager – Esselunga Fish Purchasing Sales Management, during the Re-think event held in Milan in February this year. Gianmarco Deleidi began his speech by emphasizing how the word “Re-think” is truly representative of the soul of Esselunga, a company at the forefront in terms of innovation and attentive to the theme of circularity for many years already, driven also by the endorsement of the Ownership on these issues. The expression “Re-think” means at the same time reinventing, and rethinking models, and that is why the company wanted to integrate and correct, and in some cases even improve, all its processes at the supply chain level. All of Esselunga’s departments have been involved in the innovation process, but Gianmarco Deleidi’s talk focused on the Biandrate Processing Center where the company, a food company as well as a retailer, prepares all of the fish you see on the counters of its supermarkets. The center is in the province of Novara, was created in 2007 and is a unique plant in terms of area and volume with 31 thousand square meters; an average of 25 thousand tons of product are processed here, resulting in waste production. Inside the new plant of about 12 thousand square meters are highly automated lines that allow intercepting all processing waste and, even, it is possible to set and modify products directly during the processing stages. Inside the fish processing center, there is also a 2,500-square-meter sushi plant and 1,000 square meters dedicated to the production of ready-to-cook (the “food...
  • 20 September 2022

    Re-think Taranto 2022: the program is out

    Comunicato Stampa Taranto, 16 settembre 2022 – Un grande evento dedicato al futuro, alla sostenibilità, alla tutela degli ecosistemi. “Re-think – Circular Economy Forum” torna a Taranto il 3, 4 e 5 ottobre negli spazi del Dipartimento Jonico dell’Università di Bari, con un fitto programma di talk e tavole rotonde focalizzati su 6 aree tematiche: energie rinnovabili, mobilità sostenibile, agri-food, economia del mare, risorsa acqua, e valorizzazione dei rifiuti. Maggiori dettagli sul programma si possono trovare sul sito dell’evento: https://re-think.today/taranto-event-2022.php La manifestazione, organizzata da Tondo in collaborazione con Eurota ETS e con Eni come main partner è stata presentata questa mattina, durante una conferenza stampa nel Castello Aragonese di Taranto, cui hanno partecipato l’assessore al Patrimonio del Comune di Taranto Gianni Azzaro e il collega titolare dello Sviluppo Economico Fabrizio Manzulli, il direttore DIH Confapi Industria Taranto Maurizio Maraglino Miscianga, la direttrice di Its Logistica Puglia Luigia Tocci e l’Head of Partnerships in Tondo Francesco Fumarola. “Re-think – Circular Economy Forum” sarà un’occasione di confronto e creazione di valore, per il secondo anno consecutivo a Taranto, che rilancia questa presenza con tante altre nuove iniziative. Oltre il forum vero e proprio, che vedrà protagonisti di assoluto valore nel panorama dell’economia circolare, verrà infatti allestita anche un’area fieristica dove aziende, startup, enti di ricerca e istituti accademici, presenteranno i progetti che stanno portando avanti, con l’obiettivo di fornire più spunti per future collaborazioni a livello micro e macro territoriale. «Lo scorso anno vincemmo una scommessa – le parole dell’assessore Gianni Azzaro – perché l’amministrazione guidata dal sindaco Rinaldo Melucci scelse di sostenere questo evento, con lo scopo di rendere Taranto il luogo dove parlare di economia circolare. Avemmo un successo enorme, che quest’anno vogliamo ripetere e se possibile superare: Taranto dovrà ospitare la prima fiera italiana dell’economia circolare, figlia di questo evento. Tra...
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