Month: January 2023

  • 27 January 2023

    Sustainable Mobility with Eni

    At the last Re-think event held in Taranto, one of the topics covered during the three days was sustainable mobility, an important theme as rethinking infrastructure and the way of moving in a more sustainable way is central to innovating different forms of transportation for more efficient use, paying attention to resources such as biofuels, hydrogen, and biomethane; and to move toward reducing pollution risks, protecting the health and public spaces. Emanuele Memmola, T&TS – Sustainable Mobility in Eni, explained during his speech what Eni is doing in the world of sustainable mobility. Today we are in a time of unprecedented climate emergency, Memmola said, so either we take action by introducing mitigation actions, or the globe’s temperature will continue to rise. The figure presented by the United Nations Climate Change Report says that from the pre-industrial era to 2021, the temperature has increased by 1° Celsius, and if we combine this degree with global pollution, its value has risen to about 416 parts per million in atmospheric CO2; the forecast is not optimistic. If measures to lower temperatures are not promptly activated, by the end of 2100 the temperature of planet earth will rise by 2.7° Celsius, far from the 1.5° Celsius predicted in the Paris Agreement. Although the supply of increasingly renewable sources is evident, there is an ever-increasing demand for energy, especially in developing countries where the fuel mix is more skewed toward fossil sources than renewables. In addition, the world population is continuously growing. This has led to a 60 percent emission of CO2 into the atmosphere over the past three decades due to the effects of climate change. The main culprits, of course, are energy-intensive industries and the world of transportation, particularly in Europe. Italy has as many as 39 million vehicles for transporting goods...
  • 20 January 2023

    Recup

    During the last Re-think held in Milan, the founder of the Recup association, a very interesting example of awareness and sustainability within the agrifood sector, spoke. As president of Recup, Alberto Piccardo explained that the association’s motto is “Food that loses economic value, gains social value” and that, this, has been an integral part of its project from the beginning, when in 2015 Recup debuted in the Viale Papiniano Market in Milan. The market featured mountains of boxes completely abandoned in the middle of the street, with a bad smell, and lots of people dumpster diving. What Recup did, was to analyze these two problems and look for a solution: since 2015 to date Recup has been trying to intervene in as many markets as possible, especially in Milan, where there are about 90 district markets every week, for an average waste of 200-300 kg in each of them, thousands of tons every week in one city alone. The intervention, Piccardo continued, was aimed at recovering from the merchants all the surplus food, collecting it with a cart, a cargo bike, and taking it to the Recup stall; it is a free parallel stall, where they do not sell a product but try to make social inclusion. So, the two main pillars of Recup were initially combating food waste and combating social exclusion; then using food waste as a tool to approach all the people who have economic problems and try to connect with them, thus creating an intergenerational and international project. Recup, specifies Alberto Piccardo, is not intended to be a charitable action like those of large entities in Italy-Banco Alimentare, Caritas, Pane Quotidiano-but aims to raise people’s awareness by letting them experience food waste firsthand. Piccardo continued his speech by going on to explain the evolution of Recup,...
  • During the course of the latest Re-think Taranto, Dario De Lisi, Sales Manager of the company Fruttirossi, spoke and presented the case study of the company that, through the adoption of different techniques manages to be sustainable and circular. Masseria Fruttirossi, explained Dario De Lisi, is an agritech company, located in the countryside of Castellaneta, in the province of Taranto, which was established in 2016 and whose plant was inaugurated on October 2, 2018. The company’s core business is pomegranate cultivation. In this field, it has managed to reach significant cultivation areas in a short time, with about 300 hectares of land and 200,000 trees planted in a few years. These numbers make the Society a leader in pomegranate cultivation in Italy. De Lisi highlighted how the company treats pomegranate as the main product of its business, around which to build a real supply chain project. In fact, the company deals not only with cultivation in the field but also with the processing of the fruit through innovative technologies designed to preserve its organoleptic properties, which, as now proven by numerous scientific evidence, make the pomegranate one of the most antioxidant fruits ever. Sustainability has always been a foundational theme in the company’s development. As explained, since its design, Fruttirossi has in fact chosen to place the concept of sustainability as the basis of its operations. As an example, suffice it to say that on the roofs of the company’s warehouse, there is a photovoltaic system, with an installed capacity of about 750 KW, which makes the company, especially during daylight hours, self-sufficient from an energy point of view. This aspect is relevant, especially in light of the current soaring prices of the energy resource, as it allows the Company to remain competitive in the market. In addition to energy...
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