Ecomondo, the leading event in Europe for the new models of circular economy
For the Circular Bioeconomy, large Italian enterprises in the world vanguard in the sector of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics have been key players at Ecomondo for some time.
There is an appointment on Tuesday 5th November (2:30 pm Industria Biobased Room . Hall D3), entitled Smart and innovative solutions to reduce packaging waste: a first assessment of the REINWASTE project, organized by the Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee, Confagricoltura, Federalimentare, ART-ER. REINWASTE, with the motto ´Preventing waste disposal is more sustainable and less expensive´, aims at developing sustainable (and economically advantageous) techniques for reducing the inorganic waste component such as packaging and similar materials, favouring the adoption of innovative ecological concepts on behalf of the agri-food industry and SMEs. The innovative aspect of REINWASTE is the involvement of the agricultural chain´s players and the agri-food sector´s industrial chain. For Italy, the project will concentrate on the companies of the Emilia-Romagna region of the dairy produce sector and the clusters in question will have to assess their feasibility. In the workshop, the first results obtained from the 30 companies to test the feasibility of measures aimed at preventing or recovering waste from packaging or similar materials. The meeting is chaired by Maurizio Notarfonso of Federalimentare Servizi and Daniela Sani of ART-ER.
On Wednesday 6th, at 10:00 am in Ravezzi Room 2, the program features From the commodities to the specialties: the crops in the era of climate change and the challenges for a circular, productive, sustainable, precise bioeconomy aimed at delivering high quality food and nutraceutical products, organized by the Ecomondo Technical Scientific Committee, Federazione Italiana Industria Alimentare e Bevande (Federalimentare), Confederazione Generale dell´Agricoltura Italiana (Confagricoltura), Cluster Agrifood CL.A.N.
In Italy, crops cover approximately seven million hectares, over 50% of the country´s 12.6 million hectares. They are therefore a very important element for managing the land and the agri-ecosystem. From the point of view of the market, these products are put on the international markets of ´undifferentiated commodities´ traded on a large scale. These markets often do not reward product qualification.
The recent trajectories of the bioeconomy, the circular economy and in general of the search for a sustainable intensification of agricultural productions represent a great opportunity for ´large crop´ products that, from cereals through proteoleagins to legumes, can become ´specialties´ with features in line with the needs (even new) of consumers and of the market of high quality food products which would also be able to respond to the new needs of wellness and health. The event will be chaired by Donato Rotundo of Confagricoltura, Maurizio Notarfonso of Federalimentare and Massimo Iannetta of ENEA
European research and innovation for the implementation of circular economy and bioeconomy is the title of the beacon event organized in collaboration with the OCSE and the European Commission, on Friday 8th November (at 10:00 am) and at which participations will include OCSE representative James Philps and the members of the Ecomondo Scientific Committee Francesco Fatone (Marches Polytechnic) and Mauro Majone (La Sapienza University).
It is estimated that the bioeconomy generates a production value of 330 billion euros, over 10% of the GDP, with a workforce of two million. The bioeconomy, compared to business activities, rose from 8.8% in 2017 to 10.1% in 2018. (Source: Intesa San Paolo . Assobiotec)