Circular Innovation & Sustainable Commodities

To allow the transition, it is necessary to overcome regulatory barriers, make resources available and increase awareness at all levels of society.

The local urban dimension is where the transition process can be favored: the inhabited area mixes with production and commercial activities and services, public green areas can alternate with areas intended for urban agriculture. Within this context, local decision makers must promote innovation, regeneration and cohesion policies.


What is Circular Economy?

For a local administrator it is mainly connected to waste management. For an entrepreneur it can represent the opportunity to recover and reuse by-products and materials for his production process. An urban planner can consider it as a model of recovery and reuse of an empty building.

Circular Economy does not mean only reduction of waste. on the contrary it means enhancing what is considered waste can be used in an innovative way as second raw material or for the production of energy. But it also means rethinking cities and our lifestyles, with the promotion of social cohesion. 

Each step of a product’s life cycle, from the supply of raw materials and commodities to design, from manifacturing to distribution, must minimize the consumption of resources and at the same time the waste produced.

The Unit mainly operates in the following fields, click to know more:

Circular transition at urban level

Cities are the main drivers of economic development and the production districts introduce a bio-uniqueness principle among the urban and industrial dimension at a territorial level. The circular economy offers great opportunities for innovation and sustainability of cities and their production systems.

Sustainability of the production chains

Each step of a product’s life cycle, from the provision of raw materials and commodities to design, from production to distribution, must minimize the amount of resources and at the same time the waste produced.

Innovation, environment and quality

Organisations engaged in sustainable practices should create a storytelling on a product or service in order to explain how it relates to circularity.

For further information please contact:

Leonardo Borsacchi
Unit Coordinator

Patrizia Pinelli
Scientific Coordinator
patrizia.pinelli [at]


Circular innovation

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