Circular economy

Techitaly, Italy’s best practices presented in Brussels

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A two-day event dedicated to Italy’s circular economy to promote networking with Belgian enterprises.

Italy’s circular economy visits Brussels with Techitaly, a promotional event dedicated to Italian industrial and technological flagships in the field of circular economy. The event, which came to an end last week, was organized by the Italian Embassy in Brussels and the ICE Agency for foreign trade, in cooperation with the Permanent Representation of Italy at the EU, the National Council for Research, the National Agency for New Technologies, ENEA (Sustainable Energy and Economic Development), Confindustria, and the Italian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce (Ccita-Bel).

The Belgian capital welcomed MEPs, institutional managers, and representatives of Italy’s scientific and industrial world. Techitaly 2016 was opened by a seminar on the circular economy package which was presented at the EU on December 2nd 2015. On the same occasion, the results achieved by Italy were presented, together with the opportunities and issues arising from the application of the new EU measures, in particular in the fields of waste recycling and waste material reusing in manufacturing processes.

While the first day had a more institutional focus, the second day of the event was dedicated to Belgian and Italian enterprises involved in circular economy projects: the goal was to promote virtuous networking between the two nations. Italian enterprises demonstrated remarkable results in the sectors of organic material recovery in the agroindustry, urban waste treating, and energy efficiency in constructions.

Over the last few years, Italy has increasingly committed to the gradual transition to circular economy, making it a priority in its environmental and industrial policies. The aim is to promote sustainable and integrated development involving all actors of the manufacturing system. In this context, small and medium sized enterprises are assuming an increasingly important role in the achievement of the targets set by the legislative proposals, which are currently under revision.

Techitaly aims at constituting a privileged platform between Italy and Belgium, a space to discuss the development of innovative technologies and exchange expertise, skills, and best practices. The 2016 edition was a meeting point of Italian and Belgian flagships working on national and local scale in fields such as biotechnologies, energy efficiency, and environment preservation. Its goal is to promote joint reflections on development, environment, and innovation themes by institutions, industries, research centers, and civil society.

For further information, visit the website of Techitaly

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