A public consultation to introduce the circular economy in Italy

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What  can be the “Italian way” (as once it was called) for a complex but crucial phenomenon like the circular economy ? To get a clear picture it is useful to read the paper “A Message from the Ministers Gian Luca Galletti and Carlo Calenda”, on the website consultazione-economiacircolare.minambiente.it

The word “mina” refers to the Ministry of Environment (Ministero dell’Ambiente in Italian). Gian Luca Galletti was the Minister of Environment in the Renzi government before and then in the Gentiloni government. As far as Carlo Calenda is concerned, he is so far a pundit and attends many TV talk shows, but in the past he was a company manager and later the Minister of Economic Development in the Renzi and Gentiloni goverments. The paper aims at providing a general idea of the circular economy, but also at defining the strategic placement of our country about this issue. The paper reminds that the circular economy stems from the commitments made as part of the Paris Agreement on the climate change. It is still an important part for the implementation of the national strategy for the sustainable development approved by the government on 2 October 2017. The paper points out that a new industrial policy is needed, aiming at sustainability and innovation. Fortunately, the Italian industry has the capacity to go down this road successfully. The new, more sustainable business models are able, among other things, to turn waste into higher value-added resources. That being said, it is important to point out that we need brand new technologies, processes, services and business models. That’s why it is a common opinion that supporting research and innovation will be crucial to boost the trasition. That being said, the message reminds that an online public consultation was carried out from 12 July to 18 September 2017, aimed at collecting opinions and inputs from all circular economy players. The message reports that there has been a broad participation, with more than 3,000 answers. This allowed the organizers to  create a database of useful information to productively introduce the circular economy in our country. The survey participants asked for a review of legislations, the implementation of economic tools, an effective communication and public awareness, and obviously the promotion of the research. Data and information collected form the basis for drawing up an action plan and letting the circular economy start in the smoothest way.