Month: May 2021

  • English Version In October we had the pleasure to host at our Re-think Circular Economy Forum Oriana Romano, Head of the Water Governance and Circular Economy Unit at OECD. In this occasion, Oriano Romano shared with us the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions Synthesis Report published by the OECD. This report comes as the result of two years of work, during which the OECD carried out a survey across more than 50 cities and regions, interviewed more than 300 stakeholders, and analyzed 6 case-study from Europe. The report shows the state of the art of circular economy related initiatives in cities and regions, the obstacles that we currently face, and a series of ways forward. Oriana Romano shared with us the five key messages of the report. The Circular Economy is about economy. While the narrative that portrays the Circular Economy as an instrument to tackle climate change has been predominant, there is a strong socio-economic argument in favor of moving towards a more circular system. By 2050, the global population will reach 9 billion people, 55% of which will be urban, global material use will double, compared to 2011, with consequences on GHG emissions. The Circular Economy can bring benefits in terms of production savings (estimated at EUR 600 billion in the EU-27 by 2030). There is a possibility of creating job opportunities, as activities like repairing, upgrading, and remanufacturing are more labor intensive than mining and manufacturing. The Circular Economy can also have a positive impact on economic growth and material saving. This is what cities are considering when embarking in this transition. Secondly, the Circular Economy is not a new concept, but it is incipient for several cities. While the economic literature first developed the concept of Circular Economy in the seventies, its application on the...
  • English Version Italian version below A few months ago, we had the pleasure of hosting Ivan Calimani, founder of Krill Design, at our Re-think Circular Economy Forum, the event that we created as a meeting opportunity for those working in the Circular Economy sector. Krill Design is a startup, founded in October 2018, that puts design and technology at the service of the Circular Economy. In his speech, Ivan Calimani, first explained how the need to launch this startup was born from an understanding of just how critical it is that we redesign the way we think about waste. Every year in the world, hundreds of millions of tons of organic material are generated as waste and 98% of these materials end up in landfills to be incinerated or rot in open bins. European companies generate 88 million tons of waste per year, or 20% of all European food production, resulting in an economic loss of 143 billion euros per year. It is estimated that wasted food generates around 3.3 million tons of CO2 per year, representing about 8% of global emissions. This is why the food and beverage industry is looking for effective and sustainable solutions to recycle and reuse waste. In fact, food waste can be used today to realize raw materials for high-value products and help build a circular bioeconomy. Of course, new solutions often require a long phase of experimentation and don’t always prove beneficial to companies, but Krill Design has developed a Circular Economy model that starts and finishes within the same company, using the waste it produces to easily make a finished product. How does it work? How is it possible? Homogeneous food waste, such as peels, seeds, and shells, is transformed into a 100% biodegradable biopolymer. Through a 3D printer, it is then...
  • Comunicato Stampa Versione italiana Studenti universitari, neo-laureati e dottorandi si sono sfidati nella progettazione della città circolare del futuro durante il primo hackathon italiano sull’Economia Circolare Pochi giorni fa si è concluso Hacking the City | Design a Circular Future, il primo Hackathon realizzato da Tondo – organizzazione no-profit internazionale operante nel settore dell’economia circolare – in collaborazione con il Circular Economy Lab di Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center e Cariplo Factory e con il patrocinio di Fondazione Cariplo. L’hackathon ha visto come protagonisti studenti universitari, neolaureati e dottorandi di tutta Italia, che hanno proposto soluzioni concrete per la progettazione della città circolare del futuro, dando spazio a creatività, innovazione e passione e facendo fronte alle attuali sfide ambientali, sociali ed economiche. L’evento, che è stato realizzato interamente online, è nato con l’obiettivo di ideare e sostenere progettualità innovative e circolari, coinvolgendo i principali atenei italiani ed alcune delle maggiori aziende operanti in Italia su quest’ambito. “Siamo molto soddisfatti dalla buona riuscita e delle proposte innovative sviluppate durante Hacking the City – Design a Circular Future. L’hackathon si è rivelato un’importante occasione per mettere in relazione studenti, Università, aziende e singoli professionisti a favore di una crescita sostenibile e di un impatto sempre più trasversale della circular economy. È sempre motivo di ottimismo vedere con quanta passione e attenzione le nuove generazioni affrontino il tema della sostenibilità, evidenziando l’esigenza di promuovere un mondo più green e inclusivo”. Commenta Carlo Mango, Direttore Area Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica di Fondazione Cariplo e Consigliere Delegato di Cariplo Factory. Otto sono i settori strategici individuati, all’interno dei quali i partner industriali hanno definito delle challenge. Nello specifico: Salvatore Ferragamo per l’area Consumer Goods, Esselunga per l’area Food, Arup per l’area Design, Cisco per l’area Digital, Mapei per l’area Buildings, IREN per l’area Energy, Punch Torino...
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