After the great economic crisis no country in Europe has invested in eco-efficiency technology and low-impact innovation as Italy did. This is the stunning result that came out from the last “Green Italy” report edit by Unioncamere, the Italian association of Chambers of Commerce of Industry, Handicraft and Agriculture and the Symbola Foundation, which promote a development model based on quality where traditions and territories marry innovation, research and respect for the environment.
Eco-efficiency, recycling and renewable energy
According to the report, Italy has a production system that is the first in Europe for low-waste and industrial recycling and second only to Germany for recovery of packaging (66.9% against 71.8%). In the last decade Italy has become a leading country in Europe in energy consumption from renewable sources, which is increased from 6.3% in 2004 to 17.1% in 2014. Even locally Italy proves to be an excellence in eco-efficiency. In fact, 1250 mayors have managed to bring their municipalities above the 65% recycling. About 525 of them have been also able to ensured a waste reduction up to 75 kg per year for each of their citizens.
The result of these efforts? In the ranking of EU countries for eco-efficiency index (tab above), Italy ranks second only to Luxembourg, ahead of Denmark, Holland, France, Germany, Sweden. Countries that, in other contexts, are often regarded as examples of ecology and sustainability.
The green economy is good for business
This efforts are not just good for the environment and the community. As the report pointed out investing in the green economy is good for business. Who invests in technologies, in eco-sustainable processes, is growing abroad by 18.3%, is more innovative by 14.4%, achieved better sales performance of 13.3% and, clearly, takes more work force. Investing in eco-efficiency helps companies to become more sustainable and above all more competitive, opening up their path to the future.