• Wednesday, November 4, 2020
  • 10:00 - 17:30
  • Memo
  • Ecomondo Key Energy Digital Platform
  • Italian

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee, Cluster BIG, Bluemed CSA, Federpesca

The Conference aims to promote a discussion and a progressive structuring of the National marine and maritime Community (Research and Academia, Businesses, Administrations, Civil Society) on the challenges and opportunities of the circular economy declined in the various sectors of the sea economy. This starting from Strategies, Initiatives and significant Projects in progress (e.g. BLUEMED, WESTMED, National Strategy on Bioeconomy, Action Plan of the Cluster BIG, MED-Panoramed Innovation, MED-Mistral), and in view of the guidelines and priorities of the new Programming Period, with particular reference to the Horizon Europe Partnership 'A climate neutral, sustainable and productive Blue Economy' being discussed and to the Programs that will use the European Cohesion Funds in the various forms envisaged (e.g. ETC Programs, Structural Funds and S3 Strategies). Following some introductory interventions, the Conference will present a series of significant examples, ongoing or with great potential for implementation, of circular economy principles and solutions applied to different sectors of sea economy, and will conclude with an interactive Session dedicated to state and implementation problems on the national territory of the so-called "Salvamare" Decree, for the promotion of waste recovery at sea and inland waters and for the circular economy.

Section Chairs
Andrea Barbanti, National Research Council (CNR) & Blue Growth Technology Cluster
Silvia Grandi, Ministry of Economic Development
Luigi Giannini, Federpesca
Roberto Cimino, Blue Italian Growth National Technology Cluster
Enrico Granara, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation


10.00-10.20 Introduction by the Chairs


Potentials for Circular Blue Economy in EU Sea Basins

Sigi Gruber, EC-DG RTD


EMFF support to circular blue economy in European Seas

Luca Marangoni, European Commission – EASME


Ongoing actions to promote sustainable blue growth under WESTMED Initiative

Daniele Bosio, MAECI, Co-Presidency WESTMED Initiative


Mechanisms to promote Blue Circular Economy in italy and in the Mediterranean: the role of Maritime Clusters

Giovanni Caprino, CETENA, Cluster BIG


Circular economy seen from the southern shore of the Mediterranean: experiences and perspectives of the Maritime Cluster of Tunisia under the WESTMED Initiative Joint Action

Rappresentative of the Maritime Cluster of Tunisia


The experience of the District of Fishing and Blue Growth, as a contact body between companies, institutions and the scientific world at the service of blue growth and for sharing good practices with coastal countries

Nino Carlino, COSVAP


Circular economy in and around ports: the experience of the Port of Ravenna

Daniele Rossi, Port Authority Central-Northern Adriatic Sea


Circular economy in coastal cities and the Summit of the two Shores experience

Cristian Chiavetta, Lab RISE – Sustainability Department, ENEA


Smart coastal cities: metabolism of coastal cities and digital solutions and technologies for blue circular economy

Emilio Campana, CNR-DIITET, Cluster BIG


13.00 – 14.30 Lunch break


Quantifying efficiency and sustainability of blue circular economy solutions

Jann Martinsohn, EU JRC Ispra


Circular economy in the O&G sector: the experience of the SEALINES project

Ilaria Antoncecchi, MISE


Building a Sustainable, Circular and Inclusive Blue Economy based on the ecosystem approach 

Mauro Randone - WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative


15.30 – 17.30 Session “RENAISSANCE”


Session conveners: Luigi Giannini (Federpesca) and Silvia Grandi (MISE)


Introductory video, On. P. Bartolo, European Parliament


Setting the scene

Luigi Giannini, Federpesca


Solutions and demonstration actions

Gian Marco Luna, CNR-IRBIM, Cluster BIG


Enabling factors and socio-economic sustainability

David Chiaramonti, Politecnico di Torino


Discussion Panel

Moderator Silvia Grandi, MISE


Panelists (tbc):

Banca Intesa, Dr. Stefano Firpo

GARBAGE Group, Paolo Baldoni, Amministratore delegato

Castalia, Lorenzo Barone

ENI, Susanna Bedarida

Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Centrale



On. Roberto Morassut, Undersecretary Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea (tbc)