Special initiatives

Circular Economy Stories – Gallery & Show is the title of the project organised by Ecomondo with Edizioni Ambiente, in partnership with the Erica cooperative.

An original narrative recounting the new paradigm of the green economy, told through an installation featuring video screens and panels, and the real engagement of the professionals involved in the circular stories.

The Circular Economy Stories – Gallery & Show project will be staged in pavilion D3 of the Fiera di Rimini Expo Centre. It will cover 300 square metres and will incorporate round a dozen circular economy “stories”, brought to the show by the big players:

Eni, with the experience of Versalis, which presents an external thermal insulation system that uses completely recyclable expanded polystyrene. And Syndial, which produces biogas from urban organic waste.

Enel, with its Futur-e circular economy path, created to give new life to 23 thermoeletric power plants, which have supported Italy’s industrial development.

Novamont, which thanks to its capacity for innoivation and its success at international level, has opened the way to the Made-in-Italy bioeconomy and circular bioeconomy strategies. In the Circular Economy Stories space, Novamont “hosts” five of the most innovative bioeconomy start-ups. RiceHouse, which transforms waste from the rice harvest – the rice husks – into high-performance plaster: an excellent example of bioconstruction.  The Trentino-based start-up Calchera San Giorgio, which has developed a method for obtaining calcium carbonate, the fundamental component of lime, from eggshells broken down into sand. The Italian Institute of Technology presents various innovations in bioplastics: Coffee Infused Foam, a water-purifying sponge obtained from coffee grounds; Prezzemolo & Cannella uses scraps of parsley and cinnamon to produce a material that can be used in food packaging; the Carciofo Project enables the unsold produce from fruit and vegetables markets to be converted into 100% biodegradable plastic.

The Emilia-Romagna Region will have its own space to tell the story of its Regional Energy Plan through four experiences, which, in concrete terms, the Region’s public policies have helped create. Bettery, the start-up that produces a liquid battery able to provide specific energy five times greater than that of the best storage systems; EnergyWay, a Modena-based start-up that entrusts energy efficiency to data management; Mineraliindustriali, which aims to reduce the stock of scrap in the ceramics industry; OI Pomodoro Nord Italia,  which seeks to reduce the environmental impact along the entire tinned tomato production chain.

The Circular Stories also include that of CONOU, the National Consortium for the Management, Collection and Treatment of Used Mineral Oils, the first national environmental body dedicated to the collection of hazardous waste. The “Consortium System” is a short chain, which has put Italy at the cutting edge Europe-wide and internationally in the field of collecting and recycling an extremely dangerous waste product.

Demeto is the European research project launched by a consortium of research bodies and companies to develop an industrial-scale chemical recycling process for waste based on PET and other polyester resins. This is the first sustainable industrial application of chemical treatment for the reuse of PET/polyester waste streams, which would otherwise go to landfill. The process intensifies an approach based on the innovative use of microwave radiations.

Other stories presented will be: Ideal Service, a cooperative that operates in the sectors of ecology and environmental services sectors, facility management, waste recycling and re-use. It has devised Blu Polymer, a type of granule mainly used in building; Caviro, which every year collects approximately 370,000 tonnes of must, lees and pomace, byproducts that can be made into semi-finished products and raw materials for agricultural, industrial, pharmaceutical and food and drink companies all over the world; CIC, the Italian Consortium of Composters, a consortium of companies mainly involved in managing the organic fraction of urban waste and promoting the use of the product obtained, compost.

The area will be divided in about 6 zones, each one representing a different theme which indicates in turn a sector:

  • Bio materials
  • Packaging
  • Automotive
  • Textile
  • Construction Industry
  • Innovation (Start-Up)

In its own space, each sector will create a representation illustrating the referring supply chain: Materials and products are alternated with impressive videos showing images and content explaining the “circular tale” for that sector.