Articles

2012 Earthquake: The Emilia-Romagna Model

While an increasingly vehement debate is still ongoing over the failure to remove debris and rubble in the Municipalities of Central Italy hit by the quake a little over a year ago...

Looking after Inerts

Some figures first of all. At the moment, in Italy, there are 7,123 kilometres of motorways, 24,241 kilometres of state roads, 154,948 kilometres of provincial roads and 1.3 millio...

Circular Business Models for the Built Environment

Arup and Royal BAM have been recently exploring the benefits and business opportunities that Circular Business Models (CBMs) offer to stakeholders within the built environment sect...

Horses Prefer Rubber

From car wheels to horses’ hooves the step is shorter that you might think. To help close the gap is a project that thanks to an innovative use of recycled rubber from end-of-life ...

Recycling is Better than Mining

Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, has recently defined Umicore as “great example of a company that has completely reinvented...

Claim the Sky!

  The atmosphere is a community asset that belongs to all of us. The problem is that it is currently an open access resource – anyone can emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere w...

Circulating Ideas and Know-How

The story of the Landbell Group begins in 1995 with the advent of “take-back” policies: the set of measures that introduced the obligation for producers to recycle the packaging ma...

Green Innovation Needs Patient Capital

    With no intention whatsoever to instigate legends on private companies, Pavan Sukhdev – interviewed in the last issue of this magazine – claims that the main driving force ...

Excellent Waste

Circular economy 2.0. This is how we could define the new phase of sustainable economy where the developments of the industrial supply chains generating waste are analysed, i.e. th...

Art that Walks in the World

This story was produced in partnership with FuturePerfect, www.resilience.org/stories/2015-06-08/art-that-walks-in-the-world#   Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien have received pl...

Textile Mines in Search of An Author

Investing in recyclability planning strategies; increasing the volume of used clothing collection and used clothing resale and the volume of clothing manufactured using recycled fi...

Towards a Crackdown on Food Waste

“The problem at this point is that there is a problem.”  – Captain Obvious(1)   2012 stands as a turning point. The Zero Hunger Challenge launched by the Secretary-General of th...

Expo's Second Life

Curiously enough, Expo 2015 life cycle is not over yet. Obviously it no longer involves thousands of participants (countries, civil societies and partners) and millions of visitors...

Stop Wasting Food!

Manifesto of the Green Economy on Agri-Food for Expo 2015 “Spreading Eco Innovation and Good Practices” Promoted by  Italian National Council for the Green Economy Document avai...

Circularity Travels on Two Wheels

With a contribution by Luigi Bosio (Engineering Office Manager, Erica Soc. Coop.), Roberto Cavallo (CEO of Erica Soc. Coop.) and Andrea Pavan (Ride Green Project Manager for Eric S...

Unsustainability Trap

According to Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an economic system can be defined as circular when it is able to self-replenish stocks of human, technological, social and natural capital....

New Scenarios

– from our partners –   The current financial crisis has inevitably impeached the old mode of economic thought. On the one hand, the failures of the market mechanisms boosted the...

Biomass: Balance is the Secret

An ideal circular economy is one that, beyond circulating as much as possible materials in the community before giving them back to nature, gives them back paying attention to repl...

Water: A Contended Resource

“Water, water, everywhere, / And all the boards did shrink; / Water, water, everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink”. Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote these lines at the end of the eighte...

Buildings: The Circular Economy's Challenge

This article is featured in Issue #16 (Summer 2015) of Revolve Magazine on pages 68-73, revolve.media/brussels-building-the-future   Brussels is known for making its buildings mo...