ITALY IN 20TH PLACE IN THE GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY INDEX, BUT SECOND PLACE IN EUROPE FOR EMPLOYED IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Erion and CDCA present Economiacircolare.com, the first web magazine entirely dedicated to the challenges of the transition to a circular model, which today is worth 27-29 billion euros of the country’s GDP.
Milan, 15 October 2020 – Italy is in second place in Europe for employment rate in the Circular Economy sector (repair, reuse and recycling), with 2.06% of the total, preceded by Poland with 2.2% (the European average is 1.7%). This topic is told on www.economiacircolare.com, the new web magazine entirely dedicated to the challenges of the ecological transition, created by CDCA – Documentation Center on Environmental Conflicts in Italy – in cooperation with Erion – multi-compliance System for the management of waste associated with electronic products.
The new editorial project, promoted in partnership with ENEA, ISPRA, Uni, Poliedra, Banca Etica and CNA, will be developed on various platforms: web, social (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter) and podcast. The magazine, totally free, will host articles, surveys, insights, columns and researches signed by sector journalists, economists and scholars, in order to create a critical and aware debate on the Italian and European transition process towards the Circular Economy.
“We are proud to present, on the occasion of the second International E-Waste Day, this new editorial project we worked on together with CDCA”, declares Andrea Fluttero, President of Erion Compliance Organization. “Economiacircolare.com is the first initiative of the Erion multi-compliance System and embodies all the values on which our business is based: from environmental protection to the transition to new models of sustainable development. Faced with a production of WEEE which, by 2030, will reach an estimated weight of 74.7 million tons worldwide, we believe that the circular economy is the key to introducing a new paradigm in the management and treatment of waste. Furthermore, by adopting circular strategies, in at least five sectors (aluminum, iron, cement, plastic and food), annual greenhouse gas emissions at European level would be reduced by 9.3 billion tons of CO2 by 2050 .”
In the newspaper opening, the focus on the opportunities of the Circular Economy at Italian and European level, by Antonio Carnevale. Despite the excellent employment performance, Italy ranks 20th together with Czech Republic and Malta in the global index of environmental sustainability . The focus analyzes the 2020 budget law and the first measures of the Green New Deal, including the establishment of a public investment fund equal to 4.24 billion euros for the three-year period 2020-2023, intended to support, projects for the economy decarbonisation, urban regeneration and sustainable tourism.
The first issue of the magazine also features a speech by Pascal Leroy, WEEE Forum General Director, who emphasizes the urgency of ensuring correct practices in the treatment of electronic waste and recycling of the raw materials within it. Only in 2019, recycling of iron, aluminum and copper from WEEE contributed globally to a net savings of 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide .
Europe, with the “Right to Repair” campaign, will force some manufacturers of household appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, monitors and lighting products) to manufacture EEE with replaceable and re-adjustable components. Ugo Vallauri, co-founder of “Restart Project”, one of the most active community of voluntary repairers at international level, speaks about it, and promoted a petition addressed to the Ministry of the Environment to ask the Government to counter the planned obsolescence of consumption.
“The opportunity given by the current historical moment allows us to look at the environment and climate safeguard as the greatest opportunity for the affirmation of a renewed development concept, capable of guaranteeing well-being and rights to our societies, inseparable from environmental protection” – says Marica Di Pierri, CDCA founder and Managing Director of EconomiaCircolare.com. “The launch of a new magazine dedicated to the circular economy is for us the way to contribute to the promotion of new economic and social models. Through news, insights, speeches, interviews and columns, we will daily offer updates on trends, discoveries, indicators, innovative projects, stories and practices that make the field of the circular economy a fertile field, which is worth contributing to plough and sow”.
The publishing project is a spin-off of the Stories of Circular Economy project, which since 2016 consisted of two tools: the Italian Atlas of Circular Economy and the Stories of Circular Economy Prize Competition. In particular, over the years thanks to the Atlas, over 300 stories of Italian companies committed to promoting circular and ecologically compatible production models have been surveyed and told.
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