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Press release n. 3 of the 25/05/2017 11.25.45 ( download )

The awards ceremony was held yesterday in Turin: the initiative was promoted by TuttoGreen magazine and Aquafil. IEG´s Ecomondo was also on the jury

.Rimini, 5th May 2017 . ´I believe the circular economy is one of the key factors for ensuring our companies´ competitiveness´, said the minister for the Environment, Gian Luca Galletti yesterday in Turin during the awards ceremony for the contest organized by La Stampa-TuttoGreen and Aquafil, an Italian company manufacturing synthetic fibres, dedicated precisely to this topic.

´Io penso circolare´ (I think circular) was launched at Rimini expo centre, during Ecomondo, and addresses start-ups and research centres carrying out projects to give life to a circular economic system, i.e. one that can stand on its own two feet and goes beyond the ´throw-away´ mentality.
Among the ´young companies´ receiving awards yesterday at Turin´s Circolo della Stampa, first place went to Enerpaper, a start-up of I3P, the Turin Polytechnic incubator, which helps paper-mills manufacture an innovative type of paper that can then be used in our homes. Second place went to Stone-Brick, also from Turin, which, with the project W.E. Rock, is developing a new binding agent for use in the construction trade, using sludge obtained from stone machining. Third place went to the group Energia per Ricostruire, from Rieti, with an environmental and social project: The idea is to set up a network of small cogeneration plants, to be installed in the areas hit by the 2016 earthquakes.
For research centres, the podium was dominated by the University of Trento: first place went to the project ´The bio-refinery of the future´, which intends exploiting wet organic waste, such as sludge, transforming it into a material that can be used for the generation of energy or is absorbent. Second came the ´colleagues´ of ConSolAR, whose aim is to treat pollutant wastewater, which for example contains a lot of soap, by means of sunlight. Third place went to the project Sostinnovi of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia which wants to take innovation into the vineyards, introducing drones to control the vines, but above all giving a second life to the by-products of wine production.
The proposals were judged by a panel formed by the editor of La Stampa, Maurizio Molinari, the coordinator of TuttoGreen, Roberto Giovannini, journalist Antonio Cianciullo, the president of Aquafil Giulio Bonazzi, Gianluca Baldo, founding partner of Lce, and Alessandra Astolfi group brand manager of Italian Exhibition Group - Ecomondo, the expo for the ´green & circular economy´ of the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The first placed among the research centres received a prize of 3,000 euros, whereas the start-up that came in first will be able to make us of three months´ consultation on behalf of Life Cycle Engineering (Lce), a company specialized in the analysis of product´s life cycle and environmental performance.
The other finalist projects were submitted by Oltrecafè, ECO23, and Dal latte al formaggio.