Italy Chooses Fast AC Charging for Electric Cars at H2Roma

There were a lot of people waiting for free EV test drives at H2Roma last week. EV sales are still very low in Italy, but that might be about to change. In October, there were 53 Nissan LEAFs sold—a record number. That volume is not exactly earth-shattering news, when Fiat sold more than 12,000 Pandas in the same period. But it was the first time an electric car made more than 50 sales in a single month in Italy. The Renault Zoe which will be available next year should fare even better. But the star of the show was undeniably the little Smart Electric Drive. Italy has always been a strong market for Smart, and the electric version should be successful there as well. The manufacturer was taking orders at the show, as was Renault for its even smaller Twizy…


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EVs test drives at H2Roma in Italy

EVs test drives at H2Roma in Italy

Glass derives from Glass: in Italy the glass industry knows no crisis

From the event “glass derives from glass”, Assovetro (National Association of Industrialists of the glass) and CoReVe (Consortium Recovery glass), shows that the glass, environmentally friendly material par excellence, has exceeded the positive sign in 2011.

Last year, in fact, the production of glass packaging marked an increase of 1, 77% over the previous year, and the glass container industry has used more than 2 million tons of recycled glass (+7.6% compared to previous year ‘),thereby saving more than 3 million barrels of oil and over 2 million tons of CO2.

Reciclo vetro

Recycling glass

Even as regards starting to recycle waste glass packaging continues the positive trend: in 2011 the national recycled packaging waste amounted to 1,570,302tons, an increase of about 100 thousand tonnes, corresponding to 6.8% in the previous year, reaching a recycling rate equal to 68.1%, up more than 8 pointscompared to the European objective, fixed in 60%. This quantity has beenreused in the glass for the production of new containers.
The glass packaging from the waste collection in Italy has seen an increase of over 6% from last year, reaching about 1,700,000 tons. This increase in absolute terms, however, you should compare with a quality collection ofnational toil and stood still at the highest levels. It is estimated, in fact, that about15.5% of the quantities produced by Italian Municipalities can not be recycled in the production cycle and end up in landfills because of poor quality in the collection.

Glass containers for beverages and foods are preferred by 74% of Italian consumers (65% Europeans) because they preserve the taste of food orbeverages that contain and will not harm the environment (they are 100% recyclable and to ‘infinity) . This preference for glass has remained constant over the years.
Against an overall increase in production in 2011 1, 77%, within the glass packaging industry has increased production of bottles of 0.84% over the previous year, production of the bottles for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics of 3.60%, 13% of the food vessel.

To give a measure of the role of recycling in the area, just think that in ten dark bottles (most common), nine are produced from recycled glass from the waste collection, a high percentage of recycled glass (45%) is also found in clearbottles, which, to be produced, they need to scrap colorless. Just to improve the quality of the cullet, in some cities such as Verona and Ferrara, have been launched to collect different color.



Mario Cucinella: the eco-home rechargeable from 100 thousand euros

The house of 100 thousand euros, low-cost, dream home, low environmental impact, is a nice slogan. But I like to think that it is above all a good project. Architecture of many buildings. ”
Mario Cucinella, 48, was born in Palermo, who grew up in Genoa, where he joined the team of Renzo Piano, passed through Paris and now based in Bologna, is not archistar who likes to put the signature on futuristic projects. Notposing as celebrities, in short, like many colleagues. It happens not even find hisstudy, which is the classic open space: an address you’d expect at least a little glamor and instead come to his shop across the courtyard of a company thatsells plumbing. Nor is it one that raises his voice, Cucinella: he likes to speak softly, the tone of the argument. Yet his design for a house to 100 thousand euros is a cry against conformity of many buildings. One idea, he explains, thathas come to “try to make something different in a market that offers only speculative.”



THE HOUSE OF EURO 100THOUSAND was presented the first time in 2007 when subprime mortgages were used to fulfill a dream and they were a nightmare. It seemed an original escape from a market, the Italian one, then the type of housing was quoted euros 263,600 for 100 square meters. “The whole world is built, the living,” explains Cucinella, “consumes and produces much more carbon dioxide transport and industry sectors that are monitored for years and have made a commitment to reduce their pollution. Living on the other hand is still, perhaps because the energy of a building is hidden, has no aesthetic value, then, is snubbed. But if it becomes a creative opportunity, a new form of beauty ? “.
He asked the question and the answers he sought, Cucinella. He who, to paraphrase Mies van der Rohe and his famous less is more, as a personal motto has more with lessmore with little, he surprised his students by making them engage with spaghetti because the fragility of the buildings for them fiventifamiliar concept, almost physical, he leads a team where in addition toarchitects working on projects there are others devoted only to energy research.

Just do some simple math: “The average monthly expenditure of a italian family is of 2461 euros (ISTAT). Of these, 5 percent, then 123 euros, are intended for fuelsand electricity. Only in average electricity consumption per unit of population is about 3000 kWh per year. If the house becomes a small single central power producer, with 70 square feet of roof available for a photovoltaic system, particularly in parts of sunny Italy to get to cover all the needs. ”

“I also analyzed a study by WWF and Makno” Cucinella continues: “Underpower saving, we Italians are second only to Sweden. We are not distracted as they say, if anything, we need a different perspective. That will come whenthere will be a decree recognizing the value of PV at which time we will not have a niche market but a mass movement. People will understand andappreciate the opportunity to pay half the mortgage with a home transformed into a micro power station. ”

Obviously, the families alone can not trigger this revolution. Indeed Cucinella courting the same way manufacturers and local governments: the one asking to reduce the claims without giving up their profits, the other has the opportunity to enhance not only land but entire neighborhoods..

Enhance and upgrade. All without confining people in tenements that still popular today we would say: “My idea is rather to propose a house like Ikea: high design at low cost, accessible to all. I am convinced that democracy is an expression of great design to bring in every day life. We must work in exclusivity. ”
The house from 100 thousand euros has many common areas, is suggested cost sharing group, there is even talk of car sharing, thinking how to removegreen space for parking, and a garden condominium operated by tenants. Try toargue that perhaps the revolution is still far and Mario Cucinella, with a smile, tells you about the paradox of the drill: we have it all at home, use it for ten minutes a month if all goes well. “Use without having is the key to reduce costs and energy waste,” says his “manifesto”.
But things in common are not exactly the house of dream … “My proposal is a measure of desire”, reiterates Cucinella flipping through a catalog: “I give you a box to live.The fact that the clothing makes you different from what I live. I enjoy a world forthe project because in the end there is always someone who tells me:”Architect, this house is also beautiful.” It’s nice to be able to customize, it’s niceto know that the concrete lighter used (and studied with Italcementi) does not detract from privacy: on the contrary is another source of savings because it is made of recycled materials and improves thermal performance by about 25 percent. Above all it is nice to have a home that you are not madly into debt is owed. And when at last in Italy will be obliged to certify the performance, the houses built so they will have a different and more valuable. Will create a new market. ”

How the house is built for 100 thousand euros? The solar thermal and photovoltaic roof covers the total consumption of the building, the glass surfaces make the most of the sun’s heat in winter and provide lots of light, while protection from solar radiation is made possible by horizontal objects and external shielding furniture. There are also a reservoir of rainwater collection, geothermal heat pumps in vertical or groundwater and, if the place is windy, wind turbine generation, beautiful to see, installed in the garden.

In Settimo Torinese had reserved in their zoning area for experimental building, built with the use of renewable technologies. The combination with the project Cucinella, even for the part relating to CO2 emissions to zero, it was inevitable.The seat that was once the Lord Siva, the paint factory run by Primo Levi, a year later the first 50 dwellings will be built.

This is not about waiting for those who will follow the example of Settimo Torinese, but to wait for the viral infection to run its course. Again, Cucinella shows an architectural expert architectures: part del Scientific Committee of Symbola, the foundation that takes care of Italian excellence, collaborating with Legambiente attends the World Bank to ensure the certificate most important to the success of his project , that of economy and profitability leading to the provision of soft loans, followed by companies offering new products for building and working with Italcementi, with a partnership to a new generation of materials, and finally speaks of destruction: “Yes, rottamiamo hideous building.It’s a huge market, a real challenge to economic. ”

And for him, it is understood, is that the economy of the future. “This is not the return to a regionalism architecture,” concludes Cucinella, while she continues to design new buildings: the latter are the CSet Building in Ningbo, China, Ecobuilding in Podgorica in Montenegro and the headquarters of 3M Pioltello .”If anything, we need to better interpret the relationship between buildings and climate. You can transform a building standing from consumer to producer of energy? And what language we will address the construction of a building like this? We will be able to superimpose on the theme of quality to a better and more rational use of energy? “.

So many questions, many answers to be searched together. It ensures the architect, not just architecture.





Italian Leader in Europe for the recycling of wastes

The study “The eco-efficient recycling” emerges that Italywith 33 million tons of recovered materialsis leader in Europe, after Germany. Recycling has allowed us to avoid CO2 emissions equivalent to 53 million tons. The analysis was made by the Institute of Environment research Ambiente Italia, in its third edition, has been facilitated by the recycling and recovery Kyoto commissioned by the club and fund the recycling of packaging made from Cial, CNA, Comieco, Corepla, Rilegno and Conai.

According to the study, recycling in Italy has avoided CO2 emissions amountedto 53 million tons in 2010, 10% of total emissions which Italy is responsible in a year.

The secondary materials have become a global market, with differences between one product and another, plastics, paperscrap metal, aluminum and copper materials are characterized by a second world market, woodglass and lead, instead, on the continental market Europe. The aggregates, national and sub national markets.



According to 2010 data, the global exports of the nine major secondary materials worth more than $ 90 billion and the total quantity exported amounted to 200 million tons.

The study finds that overall, the eco-industry at Community level (that is, the Europe of 27 countries) has increased its turnover by 232 billion euros in 2004 to 319 billion in 2008, with an annual growth rate rated by 8,3% and a value that represents 2.5% of European GDP and, immediately after the renewable energy sector, the recycling of waste has been the most dynamic area with a growth rateequal to 17% per annum.Not to mention that, after the waste management and water supply, recycling (even excluding all manufacturing industry related to it) is the most important eco-industry and the employment of more than half a million employees permanently employed.



Italian Leader in Europe for organic farms

According to data released by SANA, the international organic farming held in Bologna in early November each year, Italy recorded an upward trend at the international level, in this area, reconfirming the largest exporter and largest producer of vegetables, cereals, citrus, grapes and olives organic.

Even in the world, organic farming has a positive trend in recent years the sector has registered average growth rates ranging from 10 to 20% per annum.
World production: Australia is the world’s largest producer with 12 million hectares under organic, while Italy, with an area of over 1 million organic acres, occupies the eighth place (after Argentina, China, United States , Brazil, Spain and India) worldwide and second in Europe after Spain (the only exceeds the greater surface area for pasture and woodland in respect of areas under crops,the record remains Italy) , followed by Germany, Britain and France. Italy is also the first in Europe by the number of organic farmers.


Prodotti Biologici

Organic product


The Italian organic: the sector has highly innovative features, especially when compared with the general situation of our agriculture: a high percentage of women entrepreneurs (25%), youth (50% are under 50 years), farmers with a high educational level (50% of organic producers has a diploma, graduating 17%) and recur easily to new technologies (52% use the Internet). Our country is the first producer of organic vegetables (with an area of 28,000hectares, eight times that of Spain), cereal (with around 200,000 hectares), citrus (23,000 acres), grapes (with 52,000 hectares, three times the French ) olives (over 140,000 hectares). Many other organic products are grown, realexcellent food wine, olive oil and cheese over the years have receivedprestigious awards at international competitions.

Among the world records of our country in organic farming emphasizes the SANA to a preserve biological continues in the years to keep sales higher than those of large industrial and private-label brands in supermarkets. But Italy is also the largest exporter of organic products (reaching all of Europe, the United States and Japan) to a value in 2010 exceeded 1 billion euros.





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