After the suspension of the Ecomondo green technology exhibition in Rimini last year, the popular fair again this year attracted many exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. Under strict Covid-19 regulations, attendees could dive deep into the world of sustainable waste management, from the latest recycling and sorting machines to innovations in the bioenergy sector and smart digital solutions to streamline flows. of work.
A wide program of conferences, workshops and seminars – some also in English – aimed at presenting all the key factors of ecological transition and new national and international trends and scenarios. Even if it should be noted, there could have been a few more international events.
During an event presenting the BlueMed initiative for a plastic-free Mediterranean Sigi Gruber, former head of the Marine Resources Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, of the European Commission (EC) also spoke about the missions of the EU, a project launched at the end of September. “How to lead and provide solutions to the greatest challenges facing society, these are the objectives of this project,” said Ms Gruber. There are five interconnected missions:
- Adaptation to climate change: helping at least 150 European regions and communities to become resilient to climate change by 2030.
- Cancer: Improving the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and for people living with cancer, including their families, to live longer and better.
- Restore our oceans and waters by 2030
- 100 climate neutral and smart cities by 2030
- A Soil Deal for Europe: 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition to healthy soils by 2030
Focusing on the mission of restoring the health of our oceans and waters, Ms Gruber pointed out that this is the first time that a project has interconnected the hydrosphere as a whole. The EU will only be able to achieve the goals of the Green Agreement with the restoration of the health of the ocean. Waters are major carbon sinks. They offer biodiversity and economic prosperity. We must put the blue in the green! ”
The objectives of the mission are: the protection of at least 10% of the EU’s maritime area; reduce plastic waste at sea by at least 50%; reduce by at least 30% microplastics released into the environment and eliminate GHG emissions from the maritime economy. “These are ambitious goals but they can be achieved.”
EU missions are anchored within Horizon Europe, but also need private funding, said Sigi Gruber: “What is needed is a combination of regional, national, European and private funds – otherwise nothing will be done successfully. “