Edo Ronchi from 2008 is President of the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
He aims to broaden the horizons, dealing, on one hand, with the green economy and, on the other, with the involvement – not easy, but necessary – of businesses in the path towards sustainability.
From June 2013 to June 2014, he was sub – commissioner for the environmental remediation at of the Ilva of Taranto and, upon the expiry of the first year in office, he did not accept the renewal that was being proposed since, the necessary funds to complete environmental remediation measures were not ensured. From April 1996 to April 2000 he served as Minister of the Environment for Italy and he implemented numerous environmental reforms: on waste management (Legislative Decree n. 22 of 1997 – or the “Ronchi decree”); In 2000, he declined the position as Minister of Community Policies due to the government choice of removing environmentalists from the Ministry of the Environment. In line with that, he did not stand for the next legislature.
Edo Ronchi had a long parliamentary experience initially from 1983 to 1994 in the Chamber of Deputies, then from 1994 to 2000 and from 2006 to 2008 in the Senate.
From 1994 to 1996, he was Chairman of the parliamentary group “Progressisti – Verdi – La Rete” and he was particularly involved in the processing that initiated the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (which led to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997) and its energy related themes. He was one of the spokesperson of the environmental commitment. He participated in the movements of ’68 – in particular the students’ anti-war and anti-nuclear ones. After joining the “Proletarian Democracy” (DP), where he was elected Deputy for the first time in 1983; and later in 1989, he was among the founders of the “Verdi Arcobaleno”, in whose list he was elected to the European Parliament. He resigned his seat from this position to prevent a double appointment and to devote himself fully to building a unified green political movement. In the light of that, in the early 90s, the so-called “Federation of the Greens” was established through the merger of “Liste Verdi” and “Verdi Arcobaleno”. In 2000, since he firmly believed in the urgency of influencing the political guidelines of a major party with a green approach, together with a group of environmentalists, he left the Federation of the Greens and participated in the constituting process of the Democratic Party (PD). Even today, the policy of the environmental division is recognized as one of the founding pillars of the Democratic Party policies. Throughout this path, he firstly was one of the founders of the Left Ecology Party that managed environmentalists both internal and external to the Democrats of the Left Party.
The Left Party, appointed Edo Ronchi as their National Secretariat for one year. In 2006, he was one of the founders of the Association of Democratic Ecologists, and he was elected to the Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Party in 2007. After concluding the constituent commitment of the Democratic Party, since 2008, he has no longer sought office, nor has he taken over the party offices. Instead, he devoted himself fully to the work of the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Scholar and expert of environmental issues, sustainable development and green economy, he published many books.
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