Circular Economy

The challenge of  Circular Economy is to overcome the current linear economic approach, so to consider the life cycle of a product in an integrated manner.

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Fostering Circular Economy doesn’t only mean reducing  the waste production, on the contrary it means enhancing what is considered by many to be a waste or by-product and use it in the production of new goods and energy. This also means that we need to rethink cities and our lifestyles, promoting social cohesion.

The transition from a linear to a Circular Economy presupposes a change of paradigm: each phase of a product’s life cycle, from the procurement of raw materials to design, from production to distribution, must be carried out minimizing the amount of resources and, at the same time, minimizing waste production.

On a global scale, the use of by-products can reduce dependence on raw materials and at the same time from imports, the volatility of market prices and counteract scarcity deriving from geopolitical factors.

Most of the time, Circular Economy is associate with Green Economy, because of its strong environmental component. Nonetheless this can be a very limiting definition.

The environmental sustainability is infact accompanied by a peculiar attention the impact the production has in social and human dimensions. The positive social impact it generates in the communities where Circuar Economy roots makes as a matter of fact a Blue Economy.

The Circular Economy therefore has the potential to create, with the development of specific strategies, a positive connection between producers, distributors, consumers and waste managers by promoting a closed cycle.

In recent years, ARCO Researchers Leonardo Borsacchi and Patrizia Pinelli have devoted themselves to this topic both at national level and at European level to define new strategies of application.

The services ARCO offers to promote the Blue Economy are:

Technic and scientific support to develop circular economy supply chains

Supply chain certifications

Research and training on Circular Economy

Dissemination events, workshops and communication on Circular Economy

Our most recent projects are:

Trattamento delle acque reflue per usi agricoli iter revisione normativa europea Partnership per la Urba Agenda of the Eu on Circolar Economy

Waste water treatment for agricultural purposes

RB Tex il marchio etico per il tessile nato a Prato

Characterization and enhancement of waste and by-products of agricultural and textile chains

CYCLE: lifelong training for adults in Circular Economy

Urban regeneration and reuse of buildings and unused spaces

For further information please contact:

Leonardo Borsacchi
leonardo.borsacchi[at]unifi.it

Patrizia Pinelli
patrizia.pinelli [at]unifi.it

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