Ecomondo 2022
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022
  • 10:00 - 13:00
  • Memo
  • Noce Room A6 Pav
  • Italian

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee & Ministry of Economic Development, ENEA and UNIRIGOM (Assoambiente/sect. Unicircular)

Since 2020, natural rubber has been included in the European list of “Critical Raw Materials”, which are strategic for the economy and the supply market. The rubber that is obtained from ELTs by mechanical treatment remains vulcanised and can therefore only be destined, to limited applications (sports surfaces, modified asphalts, street furniture, etc.) in the form of granules or powder, as “filler”. The possibility of reusing rubber from ELTs in the production of tyre compounds, after a devulcanisation process, is to be preferred because it allows to “close the circle”, but also because it can provide greater stability to the market of alternative uses of ELT granule and powder. Nowadays, innovative, low-energy and environmentally friendly processes have been developed for the use of recycled rubber both in the production of new tyres and for other uses in the automotive and electronics sectors.

In the wake of European initiatives, the Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE) and the Ministry of Ecological Transition (MiTE), with the support of ENEA, have promoted a political and technical table for Critical Raw Materials (CRM), with the aim of strengthening coordination on the issue, enhancing CRMs planning in terms of sustainability of supplies and circularity, and of contributing to the creation of regulatory, economic and market conditions to ensure a safe and sustainable supply of CRMs for Italy, including rubber.

Session Chairs

Andrea Fluttero, President of UNIRIGOM
Claudia Brunori, Head of Efficient Use of Resources Division, ENEA


10.00 -10.15 Welcome and introduction speech
Andrea Fluttero, President of UNIRIGOM

10.15-10.45 Critical raw materials: economic and regulatory framework and initiatives at European and national level
Claudia Brunori, Head of Efficient Use of Resources Division of ENEA

10.45-11.15 Valorisation of waste and rubber scraps in terms of circularity
Fabio Bertolotti, Director of Assogomma

11.15-11.45 Methods and measurements to characterise materials from rubber recycling
Franco Cataldo, Actinium Chemical Research srl

11.45-12.45 Key success stories by rubber recycling companies:

LIFE GREEN VULCAN: project status updates and new perspectives in rubber recycling for automotive applications
Giuseppe Magistrale, Rubber conversion

Representative of Arkema
Representative of Bridgestone
Representative of Trelleborg

12.45-13.00 Conclusions
Giacomo Vigna, Directorate General for Industrial Policy, Innovation and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Ministry of Economic Development
Micaela La Vecchia, Division III “Circular Economy” official and Critical Raw Materials Table coordinator, Ministry of Economic Development