What is Taranto Circolare?

What is Taranto Circolare? Taranto Circolare will be a virtual platform that will promote circular and sustainable businesses, organizations and activities based in Taranto.


The platform will serve multiple purposes: it will provide online tools to organizations about the analysis of material, energy and emission flows; it will connect the actors on the platform by potentially giving birth to new projects; it will promote Taranto’s sustainable and circular economy to external third-party actors who are interested in collaborating and fostering the birth of new projects; and finally it will be able to raise awareness on circular economy issues, starting from citizens and reaching out to all stakeholders, including tourists.


The ultimate goal of the project is therefore to create a collector of all the virtuous cases of circularity of the realities present in the old city of Taranto and support the transformation of new ones. The platform will concretely help promote an image of Taranto that is attentive to circularity and environmental sustainability, which can attract interest and actions both locally and nationally and internationally.


Where did the idea for Taranto Circolare come from?

The project was born from the intuition that such a portal has not yet been implemented in Italy, and that its impact could be decisive in stimulating the various actors in the area to undertake circular transformation paths.


We have taken inspiration both from the impact of various circular economy reports applied to cities (examples: Groninger, Umea, Valladolid, Rotterdam and Bruxelles), and from the case of Rotterdam Circulair, a platform that focuses on the Rotterdam region in The Netherlands for the promotion, support and dissemination of circular economy and its principles in the same region, presenting local initiatives already practicing this new industrial model.


How to participate in the Taranto Circolare Project?

The initiative is free of charges and open to all organizations operating in Taranto that work according to the principles of circularity and sustainability: to be included in the platform please simply sign up at this form.


At the moment, although the platform is still work in progress, already a good number of organizations have signed up and left their data. One example is the bed and breakfast B&B La Nassa, which puts sustainability first and wants to offer an alternative to the classic way of travel, to bring out the possibilities of tourism that is respectful of the environment, economy and local communities.


Another example is the Nasse Animation Studio, an animation studio that is also the first animation benefit company in Italy, and is producing the first 100% eco-friendly animated series.


Participants in the project also include the Jonian Dolphin Conservation, a scientific research association aimed at studying cetaceans in the Gulf of Taranto in the Northern Ionian Sea, specializing in marine project management with a particular focus on the study of environmental impact.


Another project is Bioenutra, an innovative company specializing in the production of natural active ingredients for nutraceutical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical use from the waste and by-products of agriculture and agroindustry.


Havana & CO is another reality that has joined the project. It is a line of clothing made in Puglia, made with organic fabrics subjected to reduced-waste processes following the line of sustainable development.


Our goal is to gather as many projects as possible that operate in the circular economy, are interesting for sustainability, incisiveness and beauty, and are inspired by the principles of the New European Bauhaus. In this way, we will be able to give birth to more and more synergies and connections, and the portal will become a point of reference, meeting and experimentation of new initiatives, research, projects and circular business strategies and coordination of the innovation ecosystem, towards industrial symbiosis.


If you are interested in what is Taranto Circolare, know that all of this will be carried out with ongoing initiatives that include, in addition to a communication campaign to promote and raise awareness, various platform promotion activities and public events. For example, some projects will be presented during the upcoming Re-think Circular Economy Forum Taranto 2023, which will be held in mid-October: on that occasion, the most innovative and circular reality will be awarded.

Francesco Castellano

Francesco Castellano holds a Master degree in Business Administration, and he has gathered almost twenty years of experience in research, finance, consulting, and business management. During this time, he was engaged in different types of projects as a consultant at Bain & Company, launched Uber operations in Turin, and worked in the FP&A department at General Electric.Lately, he founded To... Read more

Francesco Castellano holds a Master degree in Business Administration, and he has gathered almost twenty years of experience in research, finance, consulting, and business management. During this time, he was engaged in different types of projects as a consultant at Bain & Company, launched Uber operations in Turin, and worked in the FP&A department at General Electric.

Lately, he founded Tondo, a cluster of organizations focusing on spreading Circular Economy approaches and concepts, and supporting companies in the transition to a clean and circular future. Francesco is also the ideator and coordinator of the Re-think Circular Economy Forum, a format of events organized in many different locations in Italy showcasing the most relevant Circular Economy solutions.

Francesco has been a guest speaker at different universities and events, like Federico II University, Bocconi University, LIUC - Cattaneo University, Pavia University, Padua University, Catholic University, IPE Business School, 24ORE Business School, Campus Party, Torino Stratosferica, Visionary Days.

Francesco is passionate about Circular Economy, Cleantech Innovations, Venture Building and Entrepreneurship.