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More Recycling on the Web

Following transformations in real time. This is how we can sum up the new Comieco’s initiative on e-commerce started recently to steer this sector, which is experiencing a strong g...

The Many Lives of Matter. Here's how to Convert it Back

Traditional forest industry products (like pulp and paper) are a vital part of the bioeconomy. Here we take a closer look at other emerging products.  Forest resources are becomin...

Growth, Sustainability and the Bioeconomy. An Uneasy Triangle?

When decision-makers in politics, economics and in our daily life, when concerned citizens or also consumers discuss about Growth and/or Sustainability their arguments normally f...

Trump Warms up the Climate

  In an interview with The New York Times on 22nd November, Donald Trump declared, “Climate is a topic that I keep an eye on. I am open to any possibility. I imagine there is a ...

It Takes an Integrated and Connected Knowledge

The onslaught of bad news about the environment, poverty, unemployment, human rights abuses and the inability of policy makers to face up to global crises combined with the busin...

The Metamorphosis of Matter

Ai Weiwei,Forever, 2014, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, VeniceCourtesy of Berengo Studio and Lisson Gallery   Already the Dada avant guarde – in particolar Duc...

Stages of Change

While fossil fuels for energy production have been used for the past 250 years, their utilization to generate new materials and a plethora of plastics dates back to no more than ...

When Plundering the Environment Becomes Big Business

Green corruption is the circular economy’s sworn enemy: its very anthitesis, its tombstone. A liquid enemy that feeds and grows on red tape inefficiencies and awful governance in t...

Energies Sustainability and Renewable Materials

Renewable energies are to be considered neither plentiful nor inexhaustible nor cheap. Indeed, using renewable energy sources requires – for the production of electricity, usable...

Success Driven by Innovation

Perhaps the mere name of Novozymes is enough to adequately describe the Danish bioeconomy. The Bagsværd-based giant, 12 kilometres north-east of Copenhagen, holds 48% of the world ...

Changing the Relationship between the Economy, Territories and People

The challenge that we are facing – how to get the economy running again – is an industrial revolution which radically changes the relationship with our territory, currently chara...

The Liquid Continent

A liquid continent. This is how Fernand Braudel, a famous French historian of the Annales School, defined the Mediterranean. A continent made of water surrounded by three different...

Bioeconomy's Triple Advantage

The Bioeconomy aims to promote the most efficient and sustainable production and exploitation of biological resources to tackle global interconnected challenges. The concept of ...

Southern Italy Restarts from Green Chemistry

Non-repayable funds that often enriched Southern politicians’ entourage and led to white elephant projects, plants with no connection with their areas and in many cases with no con...

Fighting Waste to Produce New Wealth

Innovating involves approaching problems from a different perspective. In other words, one needs to move from a quantitative to a qualitative analysis, thus feeling an integral p...

5 Drivers for a Changing Economy

This implies analysing what its economic relevance is, assuming that there is a very close connection between economic development and the rational and sustainable use of matter fl...

Rare Earth Elements: The Vitamins of Modern Industry

Demand is increasing. Production is almost completely dominated by China. Recycling margins are inadequate. This is the current context of the market of Rare Earth Elements (REE) o...

Bioeconomy: a European Gamble

The Bioeconomy. In Europe this sector is currently worth € 2 trillion with 22 million jobs and yet this word is still relegated to technical language, as if it were an academic odd...

Not Renewable, but Everlasting

Virtually, the aluminium of the beer can you had last night is everlasting, even if its use is a very recent application. Aluminium is not found in nature, for centuries its value ...

Revision of the Waste Directive and Prospects for a European Circular Economy

The proposal for a waste directive presented at the commission on 2nd July 2014,(1) in the framework of a packet of measures aimed at promoting circular economy, is the first impor...