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  • 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...
  • 23 December 2022

    Taranto Circolare

    Martedì 20 dicembre, a partire dalle ore 15.30 presso il Salone degli Specchi del Comune di Taranto, si è tenuto l’evento di lancio del progetto Taranto Circolare. L’evento ha avuto come obiettivo quello di presentare lo stato dei lavori del progetto e di raccontare agli stakeholder e alla comunità locali le potenzialità di Taranto Circolare per il territorio, le sue aziende ed organizzazioni. Nello specifico, con il progetto si sta creando una piattaforma digitale le cui funzionalità serviranno a promuovere l’economia circolare su Taranto, con particolare attenzione alla Città Vecchia. Durante la prima parte dell’evento sono intervenuti Fabrizio Manzulli e Gianni Azzaro, rispettivamente Vicesindaco ed Assessore al Patrimonio e allo Sport del Comune di Taranto, il quale ha supportato l’organizzazione dell’evento e il progetto. Con i loro saluti hanno sottolineato l’importanza di credere e sostenere iniziative che supportino lo sviluppo dell’economia circolare su Taranto, un territorio pieno di potenzialità. In seguito, Francesco Fumarola e Francesco Castellano, Co-fondatori di Tondo, organizzazione ideatrice del progetto, hanno preso la parola spiegando le fasi più importanti del suo sviluppo ed implementazione, facendo una panoramica della timeline sui futuri step. Inoltre, l’evento di lancio è stata l’occasione per mostrare pubblicamente una prima parte della piattaforma di Taranto Circolare e la campagna crowdfunding che è stata lanciata per supportare la prima fase del progetto, relativa alla raccolta e all’analisi dei dati per misurare il livello di circolarità della città, e la terza fase, quella di progettazione di nuove progettualità circolari. Proseguendo, è intervenuta Ilaria Giannoccaro, Professoressa Ordinaria del Dipartimento di Meccanica Matematica Management del Politecnico di Bari, per spiegare nel dettaglio la fase del progetto relativa alla raccolta, analisi e misurazione dei dati materici ed energetici al fine di sviluppare una metodologia che serva ad analizzare la circolarità della città. La professoressa ha inoltre illustrato il...
  • 16 December 2022

    Report Re-think Taranto

    Comunicato Stampa Report di Re-think Taranto 2022 – Evento di lancio del progetto Taranto Circolare Milano, 14 dicembre 2022 – Il report di Re-think Circular Economy Forum Taranto, evento promosso da Tondo e co-organizzato con Eurota ETS, è disponibile online, dove si potranno consultare tutti gli interventi di questa edizione o riguardarli tramite il nostro canale YouTube. L’accesso al report finale e alle registrazioni, può essere fatto tramite il sito di Re-think Taranto 2022: https://re-think.today/taranto-event-2022.php    L’evento, alla sua seconda edizione tarantina, ha avuto come Main Partner Eni ed ulteriori Partner sono stati la Regione Puglia, il Comune di Taranto, UniCredit, Next Chem, Fondazione ITS Logistica Puglia, Confapi Industria Taranto, New Euroart, l’Ambasciata dei Paesi Bassi a Roma e l’Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ionio. Re-think Taranto 2022 è stata l’occasione per sperimentare, con grande entusiasmo da parte del pubblico, l’organizzazione di un’area fieristica parallela al convegno dove 18 stand tra aziende, startup, corporate, istituzioni e centri di ricerca hanno potuto condividere direttamente con il pubblico presente i loro progetti e prodotti. All’evento ci sono state più di 3.000 presenze durante le tre giornate, tra fisico e online, mentre sui social c’è stata una copertura di circa 150 mila impression e sul sito c’è stato un traffico di più di 8.000 utenti durante i mesi a cavallo dell’evento.   In questa edizione, si è anche organizzato un Hackathon parallelo indirizzato agli universitari e dottorandi della Regione Puglia che si sono sfidati su tre challenge: Porti Smart; Porti Sostenibili ed Agricoltura Rigenerativa e Circolare. A conclusione del secondo giorno, il 4 ottobre, le squadre finaliste per ogni challenge si sono sfidate per ottenere il titolo di team vincitore assoluto. Quest’anno, la squadra vincitrice è stata lo Star Facility Centre, composta da Deborah Maria Racca, Paolo Marasco, Antonio Carnevale e Francesco Cantillo, con...
  • 12 December 2022

    Innovation with Eni Joule

    During the last edition of Re-think Circular Economy Forum held in Taranto, there were many speeches that tried to explain, in a concrete way, what was new, and the efforts made to move from a system based on the linear economy to one based on the circular economy. In this sense important was the speech of Antonietta De Sanctis, who introduced the reality founded by Eni: Eni Joule. Joule, explained Antonietta De Sanctis, Head of Incubation and Acceleration Programs at Joule – Eni’s School for Business, was created with the aim of giving concrete support to innovative and sustainable startups and in line with what is the energy transition strategy that Eni has been undertaking for several years now, and with which it intends to achieve, in 2050, fully decarbonized products and services. The support that Joule provides to innovative and sustainable companies operates through two pathways. On the one hand, Human Knowledge is aimed at the physical person. This is a training path that goes through two main tools: first, is a platform accessible to all, a distance learning so-called Open, which to date has about 9,000 subscribers. The platform was developed in collaboration with leading Italian business schools and, in addition to offering training content, serves as a tool to create a community. In fact, the current members meet periodically in events that are as virtual as they are physical, where there is an exchange of knowledge, and experience, and common projects can be initiated. The other tool is the Lab, a path accessible through calls for proposals, which are launched periodically (about three times a year). These programs allow teams, or newly formed startups, to apply their innovative idea and win a mini pathway to validate their business idea. On the other hand, the second track pursued...
  • 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...
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