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Critical Mineral Resources for Renewable Energies in Germany

Contribution to Ecoscienza 6/2014.   Challenge The German Federal Government’s energy concept ascribes renewable energies the role of an “important pillar of future energy suppl...

How to Turn an Old Sofa into Biofuel

Old furniture, sofas, nappies and bar receipts are solid urban waste. Globally, according to a World Bank report carried out in 2012, we produce 1.3 billion tonnes of it every year...

From Coal to Biomass

The strong presence of the chemical industry (the sixth European country by turnover, according to CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council, and first in the world on a per ca...

The Soil's Perspective

“On a global scale, our analysis systems show that farmland expansion has reached a point of no return”, these are the words used by Johan Rockström in the interview published in i...

Biobased in the Spotlights

The biobased economy is growing at a steady pace. It represents a large share of the overall European GDP, with €2 trillion in annual turnover, employing over 22 million people. Wh...

Cardboard Beats Decay

It is one of the areas with the highest population density in Italy. It is an old town centre. It is in Southern Italy, but recycling is working. We are talking about Rione Sanità ...

If the Wolves of Wall Street Become Lambs

Turning the “wolves of Wall Street” – oblivious to any good cause – into lambs at the “planet’s sickbed:” a strenuous, nearly contrived, undertaking. And yet there is nothing that ...

500 materials under the lens

When we talk about products, and thus about materials, renewability must be thought as a material’s ability to regenerate in time (months or years) to be again available for the sy...

An Opportunity to Rethink the Role of Foundations

  “The circular economy can become an opportunity to systematise and restore meaning to many actions that the former banking foundation system in Italy carries out to catalyse a...

Bioeconomy: The Virtuous Cooperation between National Cluster and Regions

A national platform to promote a model of circular economy focussed on innovative, integrated and multisector value-chains: this is how the Italian National Technological Cluster o...

Sustainability is Worth More

$22.890.000.000.000. Almost $23 trillion’s worth of banknotes. That’s the value of sustainable investments, as it’s been recorded at the end of 2016, the latest year for which we h...

Green Economy: Exporting Italian Know-How

There is an “Italian way” towards Green Economy that’s establishing in global markets. Ecomondo, the event organised by Rimini Fiera, that reaced the 19th edition, is a model able ...

Circulating Capital

  These are the questions that for over a decade Jamie Butterworth has tried to answer. The former Ellen MacArthur Foundation CEO has become one of the founders and partners of ...

Bottom-up Funding

Funding the circular economy is not easy. Funding a start-up in the circular economy is complicated. Funding a start-up with a circular business model (product-as-a-service) become...

The 4 Vital Elements of a Viable Circular Service Model

While the circular economy is gaining momentum all across the world, the urgency to develop and implement viable circular business models is crucial to its success. One business mo...

A Winning Agreement

BBI JU is a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-Based Industries Consortium. It has funded as much as 65 projects in the past 3 years, playing therefore a fundame...

It all Started in Helsinki

It might well have been the largest circular economy gathering to this day. We are talking about the first ever World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF), that took place in Helsinki, Fi...

This is How We Recycle Nappies

It is the first technology able to 100% recycle materials making up nappies and absorbent products. A plant built from scratch in Lovadina di Spresiano (Treviso), which transforms ...

Upcycle and the Atomic Bomb

  Elliptical, philosophical, rarely obscure and always enlightened with solid, simple concepts. Talking for more than an hour with one of the XXI century design guru is a reveal...

Thinking with Our Hands

Terms such as “biobased, sustainable, circular materials” are at long last starting to be part of the layman’s vocabulary. Indeed, characterizing an object by its material is a lev...