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ECOMONDO DAILY REPORT
Press release n. 16 of the 09/11/2018 14.38.59 ( download )
Thursday 8th November 2018
Rimini.CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF MARINE BIORESOURCES, THE CURRENT SITUATION AT ECOMONDO
Challenges, opportunities and effects of environmental changes on fish farming and aquaculture were at the centre of the conference ´Marine bioresources in a changing Mediterranean Sea´, held this morning at Italian Exhibition Group´s Ecomondo (running until tomorrow at Rimini Expo Centre). The speakers included European Parliament member Marco Affronte, who spoke on problems connected with the sustainability of the Mediterranean. ´As opposed to the North Sea, the Mediterranean still has a series of problems connected with the fact that various countries are involved.´ On the European front, some progress is being made. In fact, next week there will be a vote on the Plan for the management of oily fish in the Adriatic, which reduces fish caught by 4% per year. The conference´s speakers also included Enrico Granara, the Italian Foreign Ministry´s coordinator for the Euro-Mediterranean area, the president of the Blue Italian Growth Technology Cluster Roberto Cimino and Luigi Giannini of Federpesca.
FROM THE FRYING PANEL TO BIO-DIESEL, CONOE´S CHALLENGE FOR COLLECTING COOKING OIL
Door-to-door collection is here for cooking oil, which is used to be transformed into biodiesel. This is the challenge of Conoe (the national consortium for the collection and treatment of used oil and vegetable and animal fat), which at Ecomondo submitted an important agreement proposal to the ANCI to launch countrywide door-to-door collection. 260,000 tons of used oil were produced in 2017, 94,000 from professional sectors and 166,000 from household activity. So far, only a quarter of household waste oil reaches biorefineries. All the rest is dispersed in the environment or poured down the sink. In the first half of 2018, Conoe collected 37,000 tons of used oil, mainly from professional activities, and aims at reaching 75,000 by the end of the year (3,000 more than 2017). Of this amount, 90% has already been sent for regeneration for the production of bio diesel, to either replace or be mixed with fossil fuels. If all the used oil in Italy was recovered as bio diesel, as well as the benefits for the environment, there would be considerable saving on petroleum imports (82 USD/barrel): approximately 112 million euros.
AMONG THE VISITORS TO ECOMONDO, ITALY´S UNDERSECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, RT. HON. SALVATORE MICILLO
In the morning, at Ecomondo and Key Energy, Italy´s Undersecretary of State for the Environment, Rt. Hon. Salvatore Micillo, attended and, as well as visiting the expos, spoke at several conferences held during the day.
On the stand of the Ministry for the Environment, Undersecretary Micillo met the schoolchildren hosted every day for environmental education.
Rt. Hon. Micillo said, ´Thanks to Ecomondo and Key Energy- the best of the green economy and Italian excellence is gathered here on these days, which is why it´s important to be here today. The realization of a circular economy also through events such as this, which facilitate networking between institutions and enterprises and enable to share skills and experiences of a very high level.´
ECOMONDO ACCEPTS THE CHALLENGE OF BIOMETHANE
The interministerial decree of 2nd March (the so-called ´bis´ decree, with 4.7 million euros of incentives available) laid the foundations for favouring the use of renewable sources (biofuels) in the transport sector, a further step in the energy crossover from fossil fuels, which is now unstoppable. A new phase of investments is about to begin which, thanks to the potential of renewable gas able to be produced by 2030, it is calculated will lead to an overall turnover of approximately 85.8 billion euros and 21,000 new jobs (Source: Althesys).
At Ecomondo, thanks to strategic partners such as the CIC (Italian Composting and Biogas Association) and CIB (Italian Biogas Consortium), there will be presentations of the best practices and major technological innovations available in Italy (the third country in the world for biomethane production). Today there was an insight on the current situation at the round table of the National Technology Platform on Biomethane, set up under the aegis of the CIC and CIB and held for the first time precisely at Ecomondo in November 2016.
IEG HOSTS THE EUROPEAN SUMMIT ON PHOSPHORUS
The European Union has included phosphorus in its list of critical raw materials, while its sustainable management has been indicated as the third most critical limit of our planet. What should be done? The topic has been on the agenda of the scientific community and international political organizations for some time. For an insight on the problems and solutions, today and tomorrow Ecomondo will host the third European Nutrient Event, co-organized, among others, by the Horizon2020 SMART Plant European innovation action, the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform, the Italian Phosphorus Platform and the HERA Group. A two-day event that, following Berlin in 2015 and Basle in 2017 is being held in Italy for the first time.
Europe imports 90% of its requirements of this mineral, which is extracted from mines concentrated above all in Morocco, China and the United States. However, supplies are progressively shrinking and therefore an increase in the cost of this resource is foreseen in coming years.
At world level, it is estimated that just 20% of the quota extracted from the mines reaches man via the food chain (efficient use).
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AWARD: THE WINNER IS FATER SMART, THE FIRST SYSTEM FOR RECYCLING DIAPERS
The Premio Sviluppo Sostenibile (Sustainable Development Award) for the waste and resource sector was assigned to Fater Smart, a Treviso company that has realized the first plant for recycling diapers and sanitary towels. For the sector energy and renewable resource sector on the other hand, the award went to Montello SpA, for the first large Italian plant for the production of biomethane from organic waste. For the green building section, the first prize was won by Opera s.a.s. di Bittuleri Marco & C for the realization of the Bluehouse project, applied to both the restructuring of existing building and new constructions. At its tenth edition, the Premio Sviluppo Sostenibile awards ceremony, promoted by the Foundation for Sustainable Development and Ecomondo, was held this morning at Rimini Expo Centre. The Award has received the medal of the Italian President. Edo Ronchi, chairman of the Foundation for Sustainable Development stated, ´This award has become an unmissable appointment for highlighting the good practices and successful technologies of Italy´s green economy enterprises.´
USED LUBRICATING OIL, RECORD COLLECTION AND REGENERATION FIGURES
Over 183,000 tons of used lubricating oil were collected in 2017, 99% of which were sent for recycling via regeneration, with a saving of 56 million euros on the country´s petrol budget. These are some of the figures that emerged from the 2017 Green Economy Report presented today by the Consorzio Nazionale per la Gestione, Raccolta e Trattamento degli Oli Minerali Usati (the Italian consortium for the management, collection and treatment of used mineral oil) (CONOU) at Rimini´s Ecomondo expo. In a year, collection rose from 177,000 to 183,000 tons, an increase of 3%, which had important effects in terms of safeguarding the environment: if the additional 6,000 tons had all been poured into water, they could have polluted an area of 30 times that of Lake. This performance confirms Italy´s leadership in this sector of the green economy: compared to Europe, Italy collects a greater quantity of oil in relation to that put on to the market (45% compared to 41%) and sends 99% for regeneration compared to the EU average of 55%. Today, the CONOU also presented the touring CircOILeconomy campaign, which, with the collaboration of Confindustria, aims at improving the quality of used lubricating oil coming from the sector.
COREPLA AND RICICLO PLASTICA: GOOD IDEAS REWARDED AT ECOMONDO
Following the appeal for ideas promoted by Corepla with the call launched in January ´Alla ricerca della plastica perduta´ (In search of the lost plastic), a very large number of Research Centres, Universities, start-ups and SMEs participated.
Today Ecomondo hosted the awards ceremony, which had as its guest Luca Abete, reporter with satirical TV news program Striscia la Notizia. The following are the first 4 winning projects.
Stabilizer Additives for packaging with the idea of finding more stable additives for the manufacture of polyolefin used for packaging in the agri-food sector.
A wood-polymeric composite with the idea of realizing a bonding agent with recycled plastic, which replaces formaldehyde in the manufacture of wood products and chipboard panels.
Eco sosta bus shelter, a bus shelter manufactured with recycled plastic that generates electricity thanks to the solar panels on its roof, also provides protected seating, a power socket for recharging mobile phones and lights up at night. Lastly, it is equipped with a space for parking bicycles. The award is financing the development of the prototype of the Eco sosta bus shelter, to be installed in the city of Parma.
One@one waste label with the idea of an integrated system that uses special labelling with ´Trouble-free precise one@one rating´. Each household receives an informative kit with labels with different colours for each type of source-segregated waste. The segregated bags are identified with a special device, then weighed and sorted. The data are transmitted to a main server and displayed on a Web page of the Municipality, which citizens can consult to check the waste they have
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Key Energy event program: https://bit.ly/2O4obKM