The convention “The Circular Economy model in Emilia Romagna” was held on Friday 16 September at the Emilia-Romagna Region.
For Coem, Mr. Lorenzo Galassi took part in the afternoon, also attending the opening of the round-table debate on the circular economy, organised within the framework of the CESME project.
The encounter brought together a small group of subjects (businesses, institutions, expert technicians from the scientific community) interested for a number of different reasons in the various aspects of the circular economy, who will be discussing the opportunities it offers businesses and the barriers that may prevent them from accessing it.
COEM – the only representative from the world of ceramics – was invited to the debate and the discussion that followed in view of the attention it pays to the issues of environmental sustainability, considering, for example, its latest-generation range of porcelain stoneware (eco++), which features a mixed body of raw materials and recycled materials.
EU 2020 highlights that the EU and Member States should enable SMEs to turn environmental challenges into opportunities. Green growth can offer significant benefits, however as stated in the Small Business Act (EP 2014/2209 INI) policy makers need to fully understand the potential of the green economy, whilst being aware of the barriers that SMEs face regarding the greening of their products, production processes, business practices and services.
The circular economy is a key concept of the green economy, based on optimising systems rather than components, away from ‘Resource to Waste’ to resilient and productive circular systems. Strategic alliances between support organisations such as Ellen MacArthur Foundation, McKinsey Company, etc. and multinational enterprises have been at the forefront of circular economy exploration and application. SMEs rarely have the same access to knowledge networks to stay up to date with new technologies, or communicate with potential clients or investors. It is therefore key to understand how SMEs can exploit the opportunities of circular value chains.
We will keep you informed about the forthcoming encounters scheduled to take place between now and June 2017.