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  • 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...
  • 8 September 2022

    Re-think Taranto 2022: Hackathon

    Comunicato Stampa HACKATHON E FIERA A RE-THINK TARANTO 2022 Milano, 29 agosto 2022 – Mancano poche settimane a “Re-think – Circular Economy Forum”, che si terrà per la seconda volta a Taranto il 3, 4 e 5 ottobre, negli spazi del Dipartimento Jonico dell’Università di Bari. Viene confermata per questa seconda edizione la modalità ibrida, in presenza e in remoto, anche per l’Hackathon che si sta organizzando parallelamente alla parte convegnistica e che si terrà il 3 e 4 ottobre in collaborazione con Eni attraverso Joule, la sua scuola d’impresa. Joule affianca le funzioni di business di Eni in diversi territori italiani per dare supporto ai progetti di salvaguardia ambientale e sviluppo del territorio, favorendo la crescita di startup innovative e sostenibili – ha sostenuto Mattia Voltaggio – Head of Joule, la scuola di Eni per l’impresa. – In particolare, la nostra partecipazione a Re-think – Circular Economy Forum si focalizza sugli ambiti di innovazione portuale e blue economy, che sono da sempre temi importanti per Eni nell’ambito dell’azzeramento delle emissioni scope 3. L’Hackathon è stato pensato per tutti gli studenti, i neolaureati ed i dottorandi delle università italiane dando priorità ai candidati delle università pugliesi, che vogliono mettersi in gioco implementando e perfezionando le proprie competenze e conoscenze per lo sviluppo di soluzioni circolari (il termine per le iscrizioni è il 25 settembre, questo il link per iscriversi: https://bit.ly/3pSKhVR e questo il link per il regolamento: https://bit.ly/3AWj4I3). In particolare, saranno quattro le sfide sulle quali i team, che potranno essere composti da un minimo di 2 ad un massimo di 5 membri, si confronteranno: Porti digitali e circolari proposta da Eni attraverso Joule, la sua scuola d’impresa; Porti sostenibili proposta da Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ionio; Agricoltura rigenerativa e circolare proposta da Cantine San Marzano ed infine, Protezione degli Ecosistemi proposta da Renexia. Re-think...
  • 1 September 2022

    The Dutch Magic

    During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum held in Taranto in 2021, Cees Willem Koorneef, Director of PortXL Antwerp, shared some insights from the Netherlands, in particular about the port of Rotterdam, and about what is actually happening in global challenges, but he also gave some inspiration from the port ecosystems, as he called it the “Dutch Magic”. It’s all about the global challenges, therefore not only the challenges in Italy, but also in the port of Rotterdam where he has been working for 25 years. The main challenges in the world Ports regards:  •         demand and supply, changing a lot because of Covid-19 pandemic and also because of a ship blocking the Suez channels lately; •         predictibal logistics; •         global congestion: in the big ports all over the world everybody is looking for empty containers, there’s a congestion of ships waiting on the anchorage; •         carbon footprint; •         the need for energy transition and, with this transition, also comes the urge for digitalization: the ports logistics is still a bit conservative, there’s a need for digitalized sensors and traceable logistics.  To create a sustainable port ecosystem, Cees Willem Koorneef said PortXL believes in building coalitions, consortia and it’s crucial to be aware of your innovation ecosystem. Of course you need talent in your ecosystem, so youth education is crucial, but also an innovation maturity of your corporate companies (this is something PortXL is exploring in many ports), startup activities, so in which way are young companies being promoted and stimulated as a spin-off of the universities or to start your own business as an entrepreneur. The other pieces of the puzzle are about capital (there needs to be money available to really support innovation in the ecosystem) and the ecosystem connectedness.  The experience in the port of Rotterdam underlines that,...
  • 24 August 2022

    Re-think Taranto 2022: Event

    Comunicato Stampa RE-THINK CIRCULAR ECONOMY FORUM TORNA A TARANTO Milano, 8 agosto 2022 – Mancano poco meno di due mesi a “Re-think – Circular Economy Forum”, per la seconda volta a Taranto il 3, 4 e 5 ottobre, negli spazi del Dipartimento Jonico dell’Università di Bari. Dopo il grande successo della prima edizione, l’economia circolare torna protagonista dell’evento che mette insieme esperti, studiosi, aziende, start up e istituzioni, a vario titolo impegnati sui temi dell’innovazione e della sostenibilità. Viene confermata la modalità ibrida, in presenza e in remoto, per raccontare e illustrare i progetti più impattanti e promettenti realizzati nel territorio pugliese e non solo, nell’ambito dell’economia circolare. L’iniziativa avrà portata nazionale e internazionale, con un unico obiettivo: stimolare il cambiamento verso la circolarità. Sarà possibile partecipare a tutti gli eventi previsti, registrandosi alla pagina dedicata. La prima edizione di Re-think Taranto, lo scorso settembre, ebbe un grande successo, raggiungendo oltre 4000 persone in presenza e in remoto. Quel successo ha fatto in modo che Taranto si confermasse sede di questa ambiziosa fiera dell’Economia Circolare, con alcune innovazioni che accresceranno il valore dell’evento. “Re-think ci ha messo di fronte alle potenzialità di questo percorso – il commento del sindaco di Taranto Rinaldo Melucci – ci ha svelato come l’economia circolare sia una miniera di opportunità che qui, in una terra che ambisce a essere paradigma di resilienza, dobbiamo sfruttare a piene mani. Diamo il benvenuto a tutti i partner e, con loro, ci impegniamo a essere portabandiera di una ritrovata sostenibilità”. I temi sui quali si è deciso di focalizzarsi per rilevanza territoriale, nazionale ed europea, sono: le energie rinnovabili, considerate ormai essenziali per sviluppare un’indipendenza energetica sostenibile; la mobilità sostenibile, che permetterà alle comunità di connettersi tra loro in modo innovativo e consapevole; l’agri-food, uno dei settori economici e sociali più importanti del territorio pugliese e che necessita di una...
  • 11 August 2022

    CE: Strategic Overview

    Martin Charter, Director at the Centre for Sustainable Design University for the Creative Arts, during his speech at Re-think Circular Economy Milan held in February 2022, started his speech introducing the concept of ircular economy. Circular economy is part of the broader approach to sustainable development and picks up a number of the Sustainable Development Goals. What we’ve really seen over the last 7-8 years is an increased usage of the term “circular economy”. Actually, the first legislation about circular economy was created in China in 2008. It’s also important to recognize that we move in waves and we are presently, in Charter’s opinion, in a fifth green consumer wave; and those waves have different perspectives, so this particular wave that we’re in at the moment, is very much around the climate change, around nature and biodiversity, but also the social and community dimension, because of Covid has come in. Also, a key element of this wave is the engagement by youth in the agenda. Perspective is everything. Yes, there might be trends focusing on particular issues, but it is essential to keep our overall perspective. Continuing, Charter explained that 2015 was a critical year for many reasons globally and in Europe there was the Paris Agreement, and the recalibration of the sustainable development agenda with the launch of the the SDGs, but also it was the Commission’s first attempt to bring together awhole package of policies in the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) 1.0. – that was then brought together into a CEAP 2.0. What was particularlyinteresting is that there was a focus on new sectors, for example clothing and textiles becoming much more in the focal area for circular economythinking.But of course, Covid really hit everybody and has led to a lot of uncertainty, but before this we...
  • 4 August 2022

    MAFRIC

    INNOVATION IN THE WORLD OF SUSTAINABLE ITALIAN FASHION   Founded in 2019 by Giovanni Lucchesi after returning from a year-long volunteering experience in Zambia, Mafric is an ethnic-ethical clothing line with an ambitious mission: to promote the employment of people in fragile situations, while conveying a message of multiculturalism, inclusion and sustainability through fashion.    Mafric creates its collections starting from fabrics with prints reminiscent of the colours and patterns typical of Africa, combining them with plain-coloured fabrics to create garments that combine purely Italian style and quality with the exotic colours of distant cultures. The garments in the collections are made exclusively by social tailors located in the Milan and Como areas, where people from highly vulnerable backgrounds, especially women and migrants but also ex-convicts and people with mental and physical disabilities, learn the trade of professional tailors. In this way, Mafric is personally committed to making up for the lack of social vocation on the territory that characterises most fashion companies in Italy, which neglect the impact their production has on workers and the community. With great commitment also in terms of environmental sustainability, Mafric adopts circular economy dynamics through the use of recovered fabrics and recycling and upcycling processes thanks to collaborations with organisations that have been working in these fields for years. By adopting the principles of Slow Fashion, i.e. slow, ethical and solidarity fashion, Mafric aims to offer an alternative production and consumerist model as opposed to the increasingly criticised Fast Fashion, i.e. fast disposable fashion, whose effects are detrimental to both the environment and society.   Numerous small local projects with a mission and commitment similar to Mafric’s already exist, what distinguishes Mafric from the others and makes its project unique and innovative, is its modus operandi and the ambitious goal it sets out to...
  • 27 July 2022

    Recovery of Organic Waste

    During the Re-think Circular Economy Forum event held last year in Taranto among the guests who spoke was Maurizio Cianci the CEO of ASECO S.p.A – Acquedotto Pugliese began his speech by sublining that not only did he want to recount the results achieved so far by Acquedotto Pugliese (AQP) and Aseco in the field of sewage sludge treatment and the organic fraction of Municipal solid waste, but also to bring to the general attention to what can still be done and the projects in the pipeline. Acquedotto Pugliese is the manager of the integrated water service in Puglia and in addition to providing excellent drinking water to its more than 4 million inhabitants, it tasks also includes the removal and treatment of sewage. It can be said that sewage sludge constitutes the most significant processing waste in AQP’s industrial process. Taking an overview of the amount of sewage sludge produced by AQP, it emerged that in 2009, the 183 managed sewage plants produced about 160 thousand tons per year and this amount has gradually increased to reach 250 thousand tons in 2016. This was a very significant growth trend which in 2017, led to an estimate in the absence of significant interventions in 2021, an amount of sewage sludge in the range of about 380 thousand tons would be produced. Interventions to contain and reverse this trend were necessary and, therefore, additional treatment sections were introduced downstream of the purification process, such as, to mention the most significant; high efficiency dewatering, natural greenhouse sludge drying, anaerobic digestion and cellular hydrolysis. Thanks to these interventions, Acquedotto Pugliese has been able to counteract the expected increase in the production of sewage sludge, even in the face of the strong efficiencies of the managed plants and the consequent strong increase in their...
  • 20 July 2022

    The New TRICK

    During the Circular Threads report presentation held last June, among the many speakers who spoke was Alessandro Canepa of Fratelli Piacenza, who told about the company and the TRICK project they are pursuing. Fratelli Piacenza was founded about 250 years ago and has naturally evolved a lot over the years. From 2017 to 2019, the company has had a 38 percent increase in turnover and has reached an average price of about 60 euros per meter, and it is continuously growing. This growth is also due to the fact that they work in both the men’s and women’s markets with a major effort to expand production capacity, but above all, service, because more than 35% of production is customized and therefore made specifically on customers’ requests. Customers of Fratelli Piacenza belong to the luxury world, so the company’s market is basically luxury, which has been growing strongly in recent years especially in the Middle East. Who are their customers? Those who are called “Henrys”, that is, those who have high purchasing and earning power, and they are also those customers who have a growing focus from a cultural point of view on sustainability issues and green issues in general. So, in essence, it is a trend with a strong impact on those who want to serve this type of market. The UNECE considered that for the production of green products, traceability is one of the essential factors, particularly in the value chain such as textiles, which is usually very long. As is already well known, the textile and fashion industries have a significant impact on the climate, when, however, Canepa pointed out, they do not adopt the correct policies to respect the environment. For example, there is a strong difference between consumption and use of water, in fact, he explained,...
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