On July 9-10 ENEA is participating in MER capitalization project where some outputs of the MEID project will be capitalized.
The program of the workshop is available in English.
'Eco-innovation in industrial areas of Mediterranean countries'
The perspectives of challenging the crisis.
The perspectives of economic development of the industrial areas of the Mediterranean by taking in account sustainability and the environment need to focus on eco innovation for the requalification of productive systems. These actions, which are essential for growth and competitiveness, are the basis of the Green Economy. The EU retains this sector to have the highest potential in terms of growth considering the estimated 5 million new jobs to be created within 2020 in energy efficiency and renewable energies within EU.
The project MEID (Mediterranean Eco-Industrial Development) has the aim to develop a model to plan and manage industrial areas in the Mediterranean countries in order to reduce their environmental impact and boost the competitive growth. This project has involved 10 partners in 5 European countries coordinated by ENEA for Italy.
During the event that has taken place on 31st of May in ENEA head offices in Rome, some concrete experiences of the project MEID such as the ones of Ragusa and Padova for Italy, and Vilamarchant, in Valencia Region of Spain, have been illustrated.
Giovanni Lelli, the Commissioner of ENEA, has declared: “ Our countries which are characterized by a strong manufacturing vocation, have seen a strong interaction between industrial areas and the urban centers linked to the employment and the economic development of the territory. The economic crisis has emphasized the need to optimize the resources used for the productive activities, above all the energy. In this sector the Green Economy offers a perspective of renewal for those industrial areas that need interventions of building requalification, as well as a re-design of products and services necessary to compete in global markets. The environmental sustainability is the basis of these interventions that allow the minimization of impacts of an industrial plant on the territory and in the same time provide an improvement of the urban life thanks to the renewal of the infrastructures for the public transport and the realization of innovative networks for public utility.