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Network Economia Circolare

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The Network Economia Circolare (Circular Economy Network) is a multi-stakeholder platform hosted by the Fondazione per lo sviluppo sostenibile (Sustainable Develpoment Foundation) to promote the Italian circular economy.

A mix of professional and technical associations, innovative companies and civil society organisations promote the network, which is open to all companies that intend to share these goals by taking concrete actions and commitments. As of 2019, the network counts 13 promoters and a couple dozen members.

The Network Economia Circulare focuses on three core activities:

  • yearly conference on the circular economy
  • annual report outlining the state of the circular economy
  • Sustainable Development Prize for journalists and creatives

HERA moves beyond waste management to prevention for medicines, foods and bulky goods

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With FarmacoAmico, CiboAmico and Cambia il Finale, the HERA has moved beyond its core business to actively prevent medicines, food and bulky goods from becoming waste.

PVC Upcycling - reclaiming PVC, copper and aluminium from decommissioned electric cables

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REDEL is an energy provider in Italy. Its activities comprises decommissioning outdated energy installations (de-risking), generating a vast amount of discarded power cables. The PVC Upcycling project aims to initiate a circular model for reclaiming resources by:

  • de-manufacturing: recovering the PVC of electric cables coming from decommissioned energy plants;
  • re-manufacturing: recycling of the same PVC in products with low environmental impact.

Along with PVC, copper and aluminium are also reclaimed and turned into metal granules for new production purposes.
 

Raytent: high-quality yarns and fabrics made from solar tents industry cut-offs

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Giovanardi recycles technical acrylic textiles from solar protection industry, to create the Raytent line of high-quality yarns and fabrics.

GIDA purification plant: PPP providing high-quality water for the textile industry while limiting water consumption

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GIDA is a wastewater treatment plant that helps meet the needs of the local textile industry by supplying water of sufficiently high quality, while keeping water consumption to a minimum. 

Saint Francis of Assisi: rendering a religious community sustainable and circular

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Fra’ Sole is a sustainability project involving the monumental complex of Saint Francis of Assisi and its nearby areas, which has resulted in the elimination of disposable products, infrastructure for rainwater reuse and a 20% reduction in waste overall.

R-PVC Hub

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R-PVC Hub is an innovative web platform, connected to the site of PVC Forum Italia, that offers the possibility for the exchange of recycled PVC, putting in contact offers and demands. The heart of the service is an online platform on which manufacturing companies, processors and recyclers can find new business opportunities.

ENEA Platform for Industrial Symbiosis

Enea has designed the first Italian industrial symbiosis platform, as a tool to facilitate the process.

The ENEA methodology is based on a "horizontal" network approach, with the aim of creating synergies and closing the loop between supply and demand for various resources.

The Platform is based on:

  • an expert structure that identifies possible solutions of industrial symbiosis
  • a complex information structure, also georeferenced, which describes the territory, its structures, the interlocutors and available resources
  • a network that connects different interlocutors
  • a web interface.

Among other activities and services, Symbiosis is able to send to to each company individual reports containing information on potential matches of interest. It is also developing operating manuals for industrial symbiosis.

La Polveriera: recycling old military warehouses into a vibrant space for civic and social initiatives

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The "Polveriera" is an urban regeneration project that converted an ancient military warehouse into a beautiful civic centre hosting several activities: learning and residential centre for disabled people, offices for cooperatives and NGOs, co-working space, auditorium, a shop and a restaurant-cafè. 

Mater-Biotech - the first world industrial plant for the production of bio-butanediol from renewable sources

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Inaugurated in 2016, Mater-Biotech is the first world industrial plant for the production of 1.4 bio-butanediol (BDO) directly from sugars, paving the way for the production of new chemical intermediates from renewable sources.
Mater-Biotech is the result of the reconversion of a decommissioned site that Novamont acquired in 2012, in a logic of territorial regeneration and enhancement of previous skills and expertise. The plant was designed to reuse the by-products for its energy needs, thus optimizing the life cycle of the entire process.

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