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The “Circular Economy in Emilia Romagna” conference was held at the Emilia-Romagna Region’s offices on Friday 16 September.
Dr Lorenzo Galassi took part for COEM in the afternoon and also at the launch of the workshop on the circular economy, organized as part of the CESME project.
The workshop brought together a small group of people and entities (enterprises, institutions, technical experts from the scientific community) interested for various reasons in the different aspects of the circular economy, invited to discuss opportunities and barriers to access for enterprises to the “circular economy”.
COEM – the only enterprise representing the ceramics world – was invited to the debate and to the subsequent discussion, considering its attention towards environmental sustainability issues, given, for example, the latest generation porcelain stoneware line (eco++) which has a body composed of a mix of raw and recovered materials.
The key points of UE 2020 highlight that the EU and the member States will also have to allow SMEs to transform environmental challenges into opportunities. “Green growth” is able to offer significant advantages; as indicated in the Small Business Act (PE 2014/2209 INI), however, managers responsible for policy need to fully understand the potential of the green economy while being aware of the barriers that the SMEs currently have to face in order to make their products, production processes, commercial practices and services more “eco-compatible”.
The circular economy is a key concept of the green economy, based on the optimization of systems rather than of its components, moving away from linear methods of consuming resources in order to adopt more resilient and productive circular systems. The strategic alliances between support organizations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, McKinsey Company, etc. and multinational enterprises have been pioneers in the study and application of the circular economy. SMEs, on the other hand, rarely have the same access to knowledge networks in order to keep in step with the new technologies, or to communicate with potential customers or investors. It’s therefore essential to understand how SMEs can exploit the opportunities of circular cycles of value.
We will keep you informed on future meetings, planned from now to June 2017.

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