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Press release n. 15 of the 09/11/2018 14.32.03 ( download )

Wednesday November 7th 2018

Among the protagonists of the afternoon at Ecomondo (organized by Italian Exhibition Group and underway at the Rimini Fiera until Friday) Enrico Rolle, Special Commissioner for Depuration, spoke at the conference which focused attention on the European Union infringement procedures towards Italy, on urban wastewater treatment.
These are two infractions that require hundreds of interventions for already allocated amounts in the order of 1.8 billion euros, to be carried out mainly in Sicily, Calabria and Campania. From June 2018 sanctions also started, about 60 million euros for each year of delay.
Two other infringement procedures counting over 150 interventions have been imposed on Italy. The first started its process in 2014, the second in 2017 and, in this instance, they may affect many other Italian regions if, as it seems, they will reach the end of the procedure. ´We´ve been working for a little over a year . Commissioner Enrico Rolle said . in a very difficult situation. We´ve had to tackle halted projects and on some we´ve managed to restart work. We plan to carry out the scheduled works over the next five years.´
Commissioner Rolle then emphasized the need to strengthen the structure at his disposal to meet commitments. ´We imagine that the next two infringements will come, and the commission structure, especially if it will concentrate on these and other possible ones, must be able to cope with the workload in a short time to mitigate the weight of the fines´.

The 2018 edition of the CONAI (Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi) Sustainability Report, entitled ´Packaging in the circular economy´, which analyzed the benefits deriving from the recycling of packaging waste - and the CONAI System, in regards to the Supply Chain Companies in particular - on the Country System and on the environment. was presented today at Ecomondo
In 2017, 67.5% of packaging waste - in steel, aluminum, paper, wood, plastic and glass - was sent for recycling throughout the country, for a total of 8.8 million tonnes of waste, an increase of 3.7% compared to 2016.
Considering also the quota of packaging destined to energy recovery, 10.2 million tons of packaging waste were recycled last year. This means that now eight out of 10 packages get removed from the landfill, and transformed into new raw materials and energy to be re-introduced in production cycles.
Of these 8.8 million tons, just over 4 were managed by Conai and the Suppy Chain Consortium, with the remainder managed by independent operators. The recycling of packaging waste allowed the generation of direct benefits for 970 million euros, a doubled value compared to 2005. Extending the perspective to the period 2005-2017, the economic benefit generated for the country equaled 9.8 billion euros.
CONAI has provided the municipalities with which it signed agreements for the collection of packaging waste, based on the Framework Agreement stipulated with ANCI, € 500 million in fees - due to higher charges for separate waste collection - in 2017 alone. Taking into consideration a broader spectrum, the System paid over 4.2 billion euros to local administrations throughout Italy since 2005.
The economic income generated by the CONAI-Supply Chain Consortium system amounted to € 514 million (2017), to which are added an additional 105 million of indirect benefits (eg the economic value of avoided CO2 emissions).
From 2005 to 2017, the economic income is estimated at around € 5.7 billion.

The General States of the Green Economy 2018 were concluded today, organized in Ecomondo by the National Council of the Green Economy with the support of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment and the patronage of the Ministry of Economic Development and the Commission European. Record for the VII edition: about 80 Italian and international speakers, about 3.000 attendances, with a large participation also during the thematic sessions of in-depth study and consultation that saw the participation of over 50 business organizations and consortia which outlined proposals to support the affirmation of the green economy in Italy.
´The great participation in the 2018 Green Economy States General confirms the vitality of Italy´s green economy . remarked Edo Ronchi, President of the Foundation for Sustainable Development . Now we expect politics to be able to interpret this strong push and contribute with appropriate regulatory choices, starting with the urgent redefinition of the end of waste.´ Info:

During Ecomondo Nespresso has launched the new video campaign From Bean to Bean, a series of video pills dedicated to the brand´s commitment to the production of a sustainable coffee, available on social networks and in Nespresso Boutiques. ´From Bean to Bean´ shows the path that the Nespresso coffee bean takes from its cultivation in the territories of origin to its transformation into rice grain, thanks to the project of recovery and reuse of the capsules that Nespresso has activated in Italy in collaboration with Banco Alimentare, CIAL, Federambiente and CIC (Italian Composting Consortium).
Active since 2011, each year this project allows to recover and reallocate used capsules, recycling the two materials that compose them: aluminum and coffee residue. Aluminum is destined to foundries to be transformed into new objects. Instead, coffee becomes compost and is used as a fertilizer in a rice field in the Province of Pavia.
The rice is repurchased by Nespresso and then donated to Banco Alimentare Lombardy. In recent years, the initiative has allowed to donate over 2 million dishes of rice to the Food Bank of Lombardy, Involving 64 cities with 107 collection points, 21.5 million tons of aluminum recovered and sent for recycling.

The research agreement between CAP Group and Novamont signed today in the square of Utilities at Ecomondo stems from the common desire to put the principles of circular economy and bioeconomy into practice. These are principles based on new concepts of design, distribution, change in consumption patterns that have the objective of encouraging the development of innovative industrial models that combine environmental sustainability and business competitiveness, through the involvement of not only industrial realities but also public, ethical and cultural. The two companies have identified a series of projects with the common objective of regenerating resources, bringing organic quality carbon into the soil, ensuring water quality and obtaining new value-added products from these operations.
The microplastic Ecodesign projects starting from the cosmetic industry and Production of raw materials obtainable from wastewater are the first on which Novamont and CAP intend to carry out joint research activities.
With Ecodesign of microplastics for the cosmetic industry the intention is to add an important element to the construction of a model of sustainable development, studying the effects of these types of products on treatment plants and sludge, with particular reference to the definition of parameters of environmental sustainability in relation to water quality.

A country with a strong green vocation like Canada could only choose Ecomondo to propose to the youngest the ´eco-professions of the future´.
This afternoon at the leading event in the Mediterranean for the circular economy Paola Bucalossi, sales delegate for the education sector of the Canadian embassy in Italy, presented all the possibilities - and advantages - for students who choose Canada for their university and post-graduate studies in the green economy: the North American country can boast the highest research rate among the G7 countries, producing 3% of the papers worldwide, and as many as 38% of these searches take place in academic fields.
Numbers that perfectly reflect the excellent state of health of the green technologies sector in Canada, said Denis Leclerc, CEO of Ecotech Quebec, the organization that brings together the main stakeholders in the sector: clean technology not only moves 1, 5 billion dollars a year in research and development, but guarantees a total turnover of 13.3 billion.
In Montréal alone, explains Leclerc, there are more than 30,000 employees in the green sector, divided among more than 1000 companies, of which 500 with a high rate of innovation and 200 dedicated to research and development: in the provincial capital of Quebec alone there are 11 universities offering specialized study programs for clean technologies.

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