• Tuesday, October 26, 2021
  • 14:00 - 17:30
  • Memo
  • Ravezzi 1 Room South Hall
  • English
  • Italian

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee, BlueMed GSOs, Federchimica-PlasticsEurope Italia; National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

EU Missions are undertaking actions to face some of the greatest global challenges by setting 2030 targets that includes cleaning marine waters, restoring degraded ecosystems and habitats, decarbonising the blue economy. In the frame of the BlueMed Pilot Action on a Healthy Plastic-free Mediterranean Sea, the wide community of the plastic producing and transforming operators of the area agreed on the urgency to reduce the risk for the environment and human health posed by plastic pollution by developing and implementing a shared vision for plastic in the circular economy. This event, jointly organized by the Euro-Mediterranean Group of 16 Senior Officials of BlueMed Initiative (www.bluemed-initiative.eu) and Federchimica-PlasticsEurope Italia, looks at the solutions adopted for a smarter local use, management and recycling of plastics with a high impact in terms of replication trough the basin and among international governance structures. Object of discussion includes key challenges ensuring a healthy and productive Sea together with the identification of pathways that need to be implemented to obtain measurable results and meet the 2030 targets for a systemic change. 

Section chairs
Mario Ceribelli, PlasticsEurope Italia
Sigi Gruber, European Commission
Fabio Trincardi, National Research Council of Italy (CNR)


14.00 Introduction by the Chairs

14.10 The Mission: challenges and opportunities for a systemic change
Elisabetta Balzi, EC - DG RTD - BlueMed GSO Working Group delegate

14.30-14.50 Research and innovation in the recovery and resilience plans: key investments at National and Regional level
Ilde Gaudiello, DG Circular Economy, Ministry of the Ecological Transition, MiTE (TBC)

14.50-15.00 The BlueMed Pilot: main achievements
Fabio Fava, University of Bologna, Italian BlueMed GSO Working Group delegate

15.00-16.20 Introducing key priorities for the Mediterranean Plastic Industry
Mario Ceribelli, PlasticsEurope Italia

Roundtable: How are good practices put into practice? 

PlasticsEurope’s Network of Mediterranean associations and policy makers:
AHPI (Association of Hellenic Plastic Industries); Aspaplast (Romanian Plastics Processor Employers' Association); BAP (Bulgarian Association Polymers); HGK (Croatian Chamber of Commerce); PAGEV (Turkish Plastic Industry Foundation); Legambiente (for Life Blue Lakes).

16.20-16.30 Greening the MED: the role of Ports and Fisheries
Mario Dogliani, SDG4MED

16.30 Coffee break

16.50-17.00 From research to solutions: the innovative ecosystem of marine pollution
Hanna Dijkstra, IVM – Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit

17.00-17.35 Many languages, one voice: the BlueMed Hackathon to engage the community of young innovators and to boost investments in the blue economy

Fedra Francocci, CNR-IAS (Institute for the study of anthropogenic impacts and sustainability in the marine environment)

Roundtable with:

  • Luca Ballista, Facility Live – The innovation ecosystem of the Mediterranean makes flourish ideas into business
  • The BlueMed Hackathon Winning Teams - Pitch Presentations
    Team 2: Inès Boujmil, Ilaria Bellomo, Aziz ben Ghedifa, Ghazy Boujmil;
    Team 3: Inés González, Valeria Zeppellini;
    Team 6: Mariavittoria Rancan, Marko Jovic, Barun Kanti Roy, Giulia Canestrelli, Sahar Ishak.
  • Daniela Cedola, BlueInvest - How to identify the key indicators to meet 2030 targets
  • Q&A session with the BlueMed Hackathon Mentors and Jury representatives

17.35-17.50 Discussion and Closure by the Chairs: Targeting 2030 and beyond