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.

Riciclo

Recycling

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.

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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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Photovoltaics: the “Panel 100% recyclable” is born

Finally comes the PV panel 100% recyclable at “zero impact”: at the end of life, may be reopened and all materials (glass, aluminum, metals, cold, film, etc..) can be reused. From Swedish and Italian co-founded the photovoltaic module 100% recyclable without the use of silicon even eva (ethyl vinyl acetate). The new product is a collaboration P.Energy Italian company and a start-up Swedish Midsummer AB, which specializes in developing technologies for thin film deposition. The P.Energy is an industrial automation company in the photovoltaic industry for 10 years has specialized in providing complete systems for the production of solar panels.

 

 

The idea is based on the deposit of a thin layer of film CIGS (Copper indiumgallium selenide) of cells of steel. II CIGS technology is already used for thin film and the innovation consists in the replacement of expensive deposition processes over large areas with a less than photovoltaic cell to a standard (156x 156mm). The core of this innovation lies in the assembly process. To compose the panel, in fact, has been developed a new machine for the welding of the cells Cigs as well as for the lamination of the ultrathin glass has beeninvented a new rolling process ‘reverse’ for large-scale productions. P.Energy also developed the innovative design of the final module based on a mix of100% renewable raw materials and re-used by engineering and assemblyprocess for large scale production is the process of end of life form. The CIGS cells are encapsulated in a thermoplastic film which ensures adherence to glass and insulation from the elements for 30 years. This material not only improves the performance in spite of the standard ones (such as EVA-Ethyl-vinyl acetate) but, above all, is devoid of acetic acids and allows the reversibilityof the process at high temperatures. This means that, at the end of life of the panel, you can re-open it and reuse all the materials (glass, aluminum, metals, cells, etc..) With virtually no environmental impact.

 

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Urban gardens: agriculture reaches Italian cities

Find a small piece of land in the city, work it, planting vegetables, fruits andvegetables, and have the satisfaction of collecting and taste the fruits of their labor. This is the global trend that has reached even Italy: more and more people feel the need to find a contact with nature, working outdoors and eat healthier.

 

Orto urbano

Urban garden

 

In Italy there are more and more urban gardens, especially municipalities, which are rented or entrusted to citizens free of charge. An initiative recently launched by the City of Capannori and Rome, which already has a hundred gardens and urban gardens shared.

 

Orto urbano

Urban Garden

 

There are also several initiatives “Urban Gardens” as Campagna Amica and Italia Nostra, both of national significance, open to external input that will appeal to allthose private or public, who, having green areas, want to be devoted to the “art of cultivate” in respect of the historical memory of places, accepting ethical rules to be stated in advance in Italy Our agreement with ANCI (association of Municipalities of Italy) with which it has been recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

 

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Environment and innovation: The sun lights up Italian schools

The project “The sun at school” was open to students from schools across Italy, to raise awareness of sustainable energy and the use of renewable sources. The project will finance, as it did last year, the installation of photovoltaic systems on school buildings and will therefore work to promote an awareness of new generations in the field of energy saving.

Photovoltaics

Photovoltaics

The Ministry of environment is ready to finance 100% of the eligible cost for the photovoltaic system.

These initiatives lead Italy to a position of primacy; photovoltaics in particular,has reached today, significant peaks of diffusion, so as to bring Italy to be one of the leading countries in Europe.

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