Environment

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Italy - Sustainable Consumption and Production

Economy of plastics must go circular, report argues
26/01/2016
The environmental costs arising from the production and use of plastic currently outweigh the plastic industry's global profits, but a “new plastics economy” based on circular principles is possible, according to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum. The...
Milan: lessons in congestion charging
08/07/2013
A congestion charging scheme in the northern Italian city of Milan has reduced traffic and the associated air pollution in the centre of the city – but has also demonstrated the need to obtain public acceptance for such a scheme, and for transparency in relation to revenues raised from the...
Regions test indicators of sustainable development
11/06/2013
A project backed by the European Union's INTERREG IV C programme has been working to show that an alternative is available. The For decades, the best way to measure the development and progress of societies and nations has been debated. Gross domestic product (GDP) as the main indicator of...
Steel supply chain innovations deliver green benefits
19/09/2011
A better integrated supply chain and consumption-based accounting would enable more efficient use of steel and less waste, so helping reduce the industry’s environmental footprint. The steel sector needs to think about how it can provide the same services with less steel, Julian Allwood from...
Waste is food: going all the way on sustainability
27/10/2010
Ten European regions have created a network to share best practice in waste prevention and management by applying the cradle-to-cradle concept for sustainable development. The idea that there is no such thing as waste, only raw materials yet to be put to good use, underpins the cradle-to-cradle...