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ECOMONDO 2021 DAILY

Press release n. 10 of the 28/10/2021 18.04.59 ( download )

CLIMATIC NEUTRALITY, THE CONTRIBUTION OF EXHIBITIONS AND THE INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM
Climate neutrality objective. Decarbonising is the commitment of governments and companies that, in view of COP 26, organize strategies that range from utilities for the agrifood sector, digitalization, mobility and energy production, to the regenerative bio-economy. A global vision, which was composed in the international plenary session of the General States of the Green Economy which opened the second day of Ecomondo and Key Energy, the Italian Exhibition Group´s international exhibitions of the circular economy and renewable energy in the exhibition center in Rimini until Friday 29. In this scenario, a decisive role is played in Europe and in the Mediterranean basin by the trade fair system that brings businesses and public administrations together. The CEO of IEG Corrado Peraboni recalled this: ´Ecomondo and Key Energy are events in which companies and organizations present products and services. But the success of these two exhibitions promoted by IEG is also linked to the contents offered by the many seminars and meetings held during the days of the event, and, in particular, with the States General. The coexistence between business and decision-makers, between institutions and companies, offers that added value that has made Ecomondo and Key Energy two events that the whole green world looks to with attention and interest ´. The CEO of Italian Exhibition Group spoke after the Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio and before the Minister of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility Enrico Giovannini, added: ´Here we help companies to make themselves known and to talk about helping the ecological transition of our country , towards a sustainable future. In the world of the green economy, our country boasts excellence that we are often not aware of. With Ecomondo and Key Energy we offer our concrete contribution to the ecological transition´.

FISE ASSOAMBIENTE: LACK OF FACILITIES, SOUTHERN ITALY MOVES AWAY FROM CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Waste emergency in Southern Italy, the shortage of facilities, ´waste tourism´ and the resulting diseconomies for the area remove the South from the rest of Italy and the circular economy. This is the synthesis of the research ´Investments in the circular economy in Southern Italy. A great opportunity for green growth ´that FISE Assoambiente presented on the second day of Ecomondo and Key Energy, the Italian Exhibition Group´s international exhibitions of the circular economy and renewable energy in the Rimini exhibition center until Friday October 29th.
´To achieve the objectives set by Europe for 2035 - highlighted the President of FISE Assoambiente Chicco Testa -, the Regions of Southern Italy must immediately move along 3 lines: equip themselves with a plant system adequate to their needs, planning the realization in the next 14 years of over 20 anaerobic digestion plants for the recycling of the wet fraction, of new plants that enhance the local recycling chains and of at least six waste-to-energy plants; limiting exports and ´waste tourism´ within national borders: a diseconomy which, due to a lack of facilities, produces a loss of material and energy; reconsider the management of landfills, referring only to modern and sustainable plants to which only the appropriately treated residual fractions should be allocated. An overall investment that will require the South, according to our estimates, 5 billion euros ». In the outlook developed by the Association that represents companies operating in the sector of urban hygiene, recycling, recovery and disposal of urban and special waste, and reclamation, separate collection in the South stops at 51% against 61% of the average Italian and 70% of the North. Very far from the European objectives for 2035 in the field of circular economy: 65% of effective recycling and 10% in landfills for urban waste, with a consequent increase in the percentage of energy recovery of waste to 25% in order to close the cycle. Today the regions of Southern Italy collect about 2 million tons of organic waste (98 kg per inhabitant). In order to achieve the European objectives, it will be necessary to raise the collection figure to 4 million tons and to give a decisive acceleration in terms of the creation of adequate recycling plants in step with the times. Every year, precisely because of the lack of plants, about 900,000 tons of this waste, about 45% of the workforce, leave these regions to find adequate treatment in other areas of the country. Finally, the energy enhancement option is still residual in the South, where only 6 plants operate (compared to 26 in Northern Italy and 13 in Lombardy alone) that manage approximately 1 million and 100 thousand tons of materials. The share of waste sent to waste-to-energy will have to rise to 25%, reaching 2 million and 700 thousand tons. In order to manage them, it will therefore be necessary to plan in time at least 5-6 new medium-large plants, in order to achieve the sustainability objectives indicated by Brussels.

RECYCLING, FROM BEVERAGE CARTONS TO PALLETS: LUCART AND CPR SYSTEM PRESENT NEWPAL
Generating value for the environment by creating new business opportunities. Lucart and CPR System have chosen the Ecomondo showcase, on the second day of the event in the Rimini exhibition center, to present Newpal S.p.A., a subsidiary that will be dedicated to molding, through innovative machinery, high quality pallets made of recycled plastic. An innovative technology, already in the testing and installation phase, which will make it possible to transform the plastic granule made from polyethylene and aluminum waste recovered from beverage cartons into recycled plastic pallets. Guido Pasquini, senior sustainability advisor to Lucart, defined the initiative as ´an important step to innovate the recycled plastic molding sector´, and reiterated that ´to increase the recycling rate it is necessary to manage plastic waste by transforming it into new raw materials rich in value ´.

BLU ECONOMY, BIOPESTICIDE ALGAE AND CALCULATION OF CO2 FOR CONTAINER TRANSPORT
Algae and aquaculture, green transport and offshore renewable energy, digital ocean coverage data and underwater technology. A wide range of sectors of the blue economy are at the center of the 10 projects financed under the EMFF (European Fund for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) ´Blue Economy Window´, presented today at Ecomondo, the international Italian Exhibition Group of the circular economy, until 29 October at the Rimini exhibition center. The call, ´launched in 2020 with the aim of contributing to the innovation and sustainability of the value chains of the blue economy - explains Luca Marangoni, Deputy Head of Unit CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency) - assigns selected 20 million euros´. The projects, explains Daniela Cedola, Consulting Director PwC, ´are part of a package of measures established as part of the BlueInvest platform launched by the European Commission which includes assistance services for investment readiness´. Among the SMEs selected throughout Europe, the Spanish Algaenauts, which produces a new family of ecological and sustainable biopesticides based on microalgae cultivated by recovering nutrients from wastewater and pig manure and also with sea water; Aquapekilo of Finland, which produces a sustainable feed protein ingredient for aquaculture to be used as an alternative to soy protein concentrate; the collaborative platform CO2Control, expert in reducing the environmental impacts of container transport through the calculation of CO2; or the Swedish Tecow, which will introduce the world´s first zero-emission high-speed ferry by 2023.

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE TEXTILE CHAIN
The textile sector is responsible for about 8% of global emissions: the second most polluting sector in the world, after oil and with a still low rate of fabric reuse. This is the starting point for improving the sustainability and design of the entire textile supply chain. This is why Marco Antonini, Researcher of the Bioproducts and Bioprocesses Laboratory of ENEA Europrogetti (TBC ), Daniele Gizzi, Head of the Environment and Circular Economy Sector of Confartigianato Imprese, Emanuele Giletti, CEO of Giletti SpA and Carmine Guanci, Research and Development Manager of Vesto Solidale Greenpeace (TBC) to highlight the importance of cooperation between the various subjects of the textile supply chain, from the producer of the raw material to the recovery of waste, through the description of practical cases and business realities for a sector that uses 20 to 30 million liters of water per day for the production of two million tons of cotton yarn. The goal therefore becomes to bring water and wastewater treatment plants to ´zero discharge´ to recover all liquids, but also to recover textile waste, an action that every citizen can perform directly from home with the fabric bins to starting from January 2022, to comply with European directives. Daniele Spinelli, Junior Project Manager of Next Technology Tecnotessile, Aurora Magni, President of Blumine, Stefano Sibilio, Deputy Director General of Processes and Regulation of UNI - Italian Standardization Body and Pietro Pin, President of the Technical Textile Commission of UNI reiterated sustainability, the innovation, concreteness and the network of relationships as key factors for achieving the objectives of the circular economy.

LET IT TREES: IN RIMINI THE NEW START UP THAT WANTS TO SAVE 100 MILLION SQM OF AMAZONIA
Adopting a piece of the Amazon rainforest to safeguard the planet and at the same time be the protagonists of a good business: LetItTrees, an Italian start-up born in June of this year, has chosen Ecomondo for its debut. At the great Green Economy show of Italian Exhibition Group, open until Friday October 29th in the Rimini exhibition center. The new reality founded by a group of Rimini operators is present with its own stand set up in the South Hall, where you can get to know all the details of the innovative proposal, aimed at the b2b and b2c market, designed to combine economy, market and environmental challenges. . The gaze points straight to the Amazon, the green lung of the world, compromised by deforestation, uncontrolled agricultural exploitation, pollution and climate change. ´Adopt a piece of the Amazon! Do ... before there is nothing more to do ´is the appeal with which LetItTrees presents itself, which seeks supporters on the Italian B2B and B2C market (later it will expand to other European countries) to´ implant ´a new approach on Brazilian soil management of the territories, to overcome the problems that lead and have led over the years to the processes of deforestation.
LetItTrees has acquired from the local authorities until 2050 the concession of 102,780,000 square meters of Amazonian forest territory. The area is located in the municipality of Lagoa da Confusão, on the right bank of the Araguaia River, on the border between Brazil and Mato Grosso and 200 km from the capital Palmas, in the state of Tocantins, one of the areas most at risk of deforestation. On the www.letittrees.com platform, with a few clicks it is possible to adopt square meters of forest in the Amazon at prices within everyone´s reach. They range from one-off contributions of 9, 15 or 25 euros of expenditure to adopt 10, 50 or 100 square meters of forest, to reach a size of hectares in which small and large companies and brands may be interested. ´For the Amazon we must get busy, before there is nothing more to be done,´ says the president of the company Pier Pierucci.

ABUSIVE LANDFILLS, THE REPORT OF THE SINGLE COMMISSIONER FOR REMEDIATION
´The long path of reclamation. First Report and analysis of the phenomenon ´written together by Antonio Pergolizzi environmental analyst with a long experience in the study of eco-mafia and green corruption and by Emanuela Somalvico, former investigator of the Forestry Corps and currently under the task force of the single Commissioner for reclamation, represents the first attempt to link the investigation activities to those of analysis, describing how the age-old problem of polluted sites is being tackled in a sector that presents a high risk of criminal infiltration.
The work carried out by the Commissioner structure is allowing Italy to exit the infringement procedure of the European Court: a procedure that since 2015 has cost Italy 42 million and 800 thousand euros every six months. Italy had not yet taken all the necessary measures to execute the sentence. In particular, 218 landfills located in 18 of the 20 Italian regions did not comply with EU legislation; in addition, 16 out of 218 landfills contained hazardous waste in violation of the directive. In the judgment of December 2nd 2014, the EU Court asserts that Italy has violated the obligation to recover waste and dispose of it without danger to man or the environment, that the obligation for the holder of the waste is to deliver them to a collector who carries out disposal or recovery operations in accordance with EU regulations. Italy is sanctioned with a fine of 120 million euros which will be reduced by 200 thousand euros for each landfill reclaimed. Since March 24th 2017, the Commissioner´s Office has regularized 55 illegal landfill sites located in different Regions, drastically reducing the cost of the sanction, now about 8 million per year; 42 Sites of National Interest are still to be reclaimed, representing approximately 0.6% of the surface of the entire Italian territory.

ABOUT ECOMONDO 2021
Event: international trade show; Organizer: Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A.; Frequency: annual; Edition: 24ª; Dates: 26th.29th October; mail: ecomondo@iegexpo.it; Website: www.ecomondo.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/EcomondoRimini; Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ecomondo; LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ecomondo-the-green-technologies-expo/

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FOCUS ON ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP
Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), listed on the MTA (screen-based stock exchange) organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has built up over the years, through its Rimini and Vicenza venues, a position of domestic leadership in the organisation of trade fairs and conferences, and has developed its foreign activities - also through joint ventures with global or local organisers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, India - which have positioned it among the leading European operators in the sector.

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