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Press release n. 14 of the 07/11/2018 13.21.39 ( download )

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Rimini.THE STATES GENERAL OF THE GREEN ECONOMY GET UNDER WAY
The opening of the States General of the Green Economy (on the occasion of Italian Exhibition Group´s Ecomondo and Key Energy expos, being held from today until Friday at Rimini expo centre) hosted the presentation of the Report on the State of the green economy, introduced by the greetings of Ugo Ravanelli, CEO of Italian Exhibition Group, who stressed the commitment of the expo player, who for 22 years has invested in and showcased a system that now represents a powerful driver for Italy´s growth. Ravanelli concluded, ´I hope all our country´s enterprises . of which half are already connected with the green economy and excellently represented here at the expos . can accelerate this process of transition towards an economy that hopefully we shall soon no longer call green, because in fact it will be the only economy possible.´

The Report on the State of the Green Economy highlighted Italy´s good ´marks´ in circular economy (first among Europe´s large countries), organic farming and eco-innovation, but it still has a lot to do regarding soil consumption, protection of biodiversity and decarbonization. Its 18.5% circularity rate places it first among the five major European countries and it has good resource productivity (measured in euros of GDP per kg. of resources consumed), in the context of which it ranks second among the five major European countries.
Edo Ronchi of the National Council of Green Economy presented a series of green measures on which to focus public and private investments. This series of measures, which would require an average of between 7 and 8 billion euros of annual public investments for the next five years, would lead to 21.4 billion euros of private annual investments, generating a production value of 74 billion euros and on average 440,000 new jobs per year which, bearing in mind induced labour, would reach over 660,000.

The sectors with the highest employment coefficient, taking into consideration the 5 yeas, are renewable sources, with 32% of the total workforce (approximately 702,000 direct and indirect jobs), followed by organic and quality farming with 18% of the total number of employees (approximately 393,000 jobs, which in this case are only direct), from urban regeneration with 12% (approximately 255,000 jobs), from building efficiency with 9% (over 197,000 employees); from upgrading of water systems with 8% (approximately 178,000 jobs), and from the remediation of contaminated sites with 5% (approximately 117,000 jobs).
The situation is completed by the waste sector, focussed on the crossover from linear to circular economy, with 5% of the workforce, sustainable mobility and eco-innovation, each with 2% of the jobs and, lastly, the prevention of hydrogeological risks with 0.7% of the employees.

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST, FROM THE CLIMATE SECTOR BUSINESS FOR 1,000 BILLION DOLLARS. AT ECOMONDO THE FINANCE ARM OF THE WORLD BANK INDICATES GREEN COMPANIES THE DIRECTION TO TAKE
Ecomondo helps the companies of the green sector to enter foreign markets, particularly those in emerging countries. The opportunity was offered by the meeting hosted on inauguration day in the Noce Room, organized by the Ministry for the Environment and Land and Sea Protection along with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the finance arm of the World Bank Group, entitled ´Climate Sector: business opportunities in the Middle East, North African and Sub-Saharan regions´. An opportunity not only for listening to the experts from the IFC and the Ministry for the Environment, but also for b2b meetings at which participants included several dozen companies attending Ecomondo in this period.
A recent IFC report estimates at over a thousand billion dollars the value of business opportunities the Paris agreement on the climate will be able to launch in Middle East, North African and Sub-Saharan African countries from now until 2030.
In particular, for the Middle East and North Africa, potential investments in climate in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco are estimated at 265 billion dollars, of which a third is for renewable energy, 55% (146 billion) green building and the transport and waste sector. For Sub-Saharan Africa, on the other hand, the estimate is 783 billion dollars of potential investments, particularly in the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, in the clean energy sector.


CIRCULAR ECONOMY: UNICIRCULAR´S REQUESTS FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT
This morning Unicircular, which represents ´the factories of the circular economy´, submitted to the Italian Minister for the Environment Sergio Costa a communication in which it requests the Government and Parliament for a change to the Consolidation Act on the environment (Legislative Decree 152 of 2006) which, in place of the decrees they had hoped for, enables local authorities to renew the existing authorizations on expiry and issue new ones.
Unicircular writes, ´Without this modification, hundreds of authorized plants, which for years with their activity have guaranteed the essential work that enables Italy to achieve the extraordinary results that make it a European leader in recycling, will be compelled to close, which would greatly damage the environment and mean the loss of thousands of jobs.
Italian recycling companies process 56.5 million tons of waste every year (excluding construction and demolition waste), equal to 49% of all the waste handled in Italy. The added value generated by the recycling industry totals over 12.6 billion euros and, with its 7,200 local units, provides 135,000 jobs, reducing the consumption of raw materials, as well as the use of landfills and incinerators.
At present, European or national regulations have only been established for glass, metal, fuel from waste and milled asphalt, enabling them to be transformed from waste to resource.´
Unicircular concludes, ´It is definitely to be hoped that it will be possible to count on End-of-Waste decrees at national level for each recycling chain, but this is difficult, due to the large number of existing chains and the constant evolution of the original products, in which the combination of raw materials from which they are manufactured is frequently changed, and to the necessity to continually adapt the plants and recycled materials to the innovative technologies and the market´s requests.


Ecomondo event program: https://bit.ly/2PVL4Sd
Key Energy event program: https://bit.ly/2O4obKM