TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Launch of a National Competence Center in the province of Brescia

As part of the “Towards a Circular Economy” project, Alchema oversaw the conception, project development, partner search and project communication activities.

The project was funded by the Cariplo Foundation as part of the Provincial Emblematic Interventions.

Project partners: Cogeme Foundation, Brescia Province, Castello di Padernello Foundation, Kyoto Club.

MAKING THE PROVINCE OF BRESCIA A PIONEER TERRITORY IN THE EXPLORATION AND APPLICATION OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The heart of the project was the establishment and launch of a Competence Center (knowledge hub) to make knowledge, tools and activities dedicated to the involvement of the entire community (businesses – profit and non-profit – citizens, public administrations, research centers, schools) available to the territory.

The competence center has its physical headquarters inside the Padernello Castle in Borgo San Giacomo, a symbolic place of the rebirth of the lower Brescia area and of a new and more virtuous relationship between man, history and nature. The Castle is also a consolidated reference point for the cultural initiatives of that territory and of the entire province of Brescia.

A LABORATORY MODEL OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The Competence Center therefore performs a fundamental information, training and experimental function through an articulated program of activities to be carried out over a three-year period.

The goal is to produce wide and positive environmental, economic and social impacts on the Brescia area.

Among these activities:

  • Documentation and information;
  • Construction of collaboration networks and pilot projects;
  • Training;
  • Disclosure and promotion.

For more info: https://www.versounaeconomiacircolare.it/

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BOAT ECOLOGY

Efficiency in the Yachting World

Alchema took part in the Boat Ecology business network. The project aimed to introduce environmental sustainability and efficiency as guiding principles for the success of the nautical sector, proposing the application of policies and technologies for the benefit of ports and shipowners.

BOAT ECOLOGY, A SYSTEM INTEGRATOR OF SUSTAINABILITY IN THE NAUTICAL SECTOR

Boat Ecology proposed itself as a system integrator in the application of best practices and best available technologies in the field of eco-efficiency applied to port facilities and yachts. The goal was to spread technological innovation with low environmental impact in the world of pleasure navigation and promote environmental culture. The skills offered to port facilities and shipyards include technological innovation and management systems, aimed at reducing costs, increasing attractiveness towards customers and the level of competitiveness compared to competitors.

Boat ecology offered owners and masters a complete service for the eco-efficient refit of sailing and motor boats, aimed at increasing autonomy and comfort on board and protecting boats’ economic value over time.

MANY SKILLS, ONE GOAL

The companies in the network were able to guarantee, each with their own skills, a multidisciplinary and integrated approach: Avanzi is involved in research, consultancy and incubation in the field of environmental innovation since 1997; Montana deals with environmental and waste management, environmental engineering, decontamination, environmental impact assessments and permitting.

Greenville|KW is  an engineering company specialized in consultancy, design and development of solutions for energy efficiency and sustainability; Alchema deals with project management, permitting, financing of large infrastructure projects and RGS works in the field of industrial and environmental risk assessment, prevention and management, environmental impact assessment and technologies for the reduction of environmental impact.

ELORIP – Local Ecosystem of Recovery

Solutions for surveillance and epidemic’s prevention in workplaces

As part of the ELORIP project, Alchema oversaw the conception, implementation and supervision of the activities and coordination of the partners.

ELORIP is an open, decentralized data and information management and organization system, with an edge computing approach, able to manage health, individual and environmental data collected locally or from systems developed at regional and national level.

Its purpose is to minimize the probability of new infections within particularly critical contexts  interms of gatherings, with potential impacts in terms of:

monitoring of potential contacts at risk;
prevention and safety (access, mobility and use of spaces);
versatility: the platform can be used for different purposes and can adapt to different areas of application.

Among the systems tested for the containment of the ongoing epidemic, the so-called contact tracing, the digital collection of contacts made by a particular subject, as revelead as effective. In case of contamination it is thus possible to identify people with whom the subject has been in contact, warn and isolate them.

Today in the United States and Europe are being adapted the contact tracing strategies used in Asia, considering the need to respect privacy and voluntary membership. Apple and Google have developed an encrypted system that allows you to track contacts through bluetooth-based APIs, which can be inserted into the app for tracking contacts. The Italian government has identified a tracking app called “Immuni”.

The systems described so far are of a general nature, intended to develop big data for statistical purposes or to regulate access to mass public systems, to avoid gatherings and the presence of subjects at risk of infectivity.

However, there is a lack of a local tool which allows people in charge of places that may involve gatherings of people is and that are considered at risk: employers and those responsible for safety at places where the epidemic is monitored and prevented. work (offices or factories), directors of RSA and nursing homes, managers of bars, restaurants, shops, etc. Key places to allow the resumption of economic and social activities.

The aim of the project is therefore to develop a Local Ecosystem of Recovery (ELORIP), which allows supervision and prevention at the level of local units, respecting privacy and voluntarism.

STUDIO

Infomobility and Intelligent Transport Systems

On behalf of Eupolis – Istituto superiore per la ricerca, la statistica e la formazione, the Higher Institute for Research, Statistics and Training, now called PoliS-Lombardia, Alchema has worked on the preparatory study for the realization of an integrated information service on transport system and traffic in the Lombardy Region.

Purposes of the study:

  • description of the development of the European and Italian legislation on infomobility and intelligent transport systems (ITS);
  • realization of an update on the latest trends on technologies and infomobility systems and IT;
  • analysis of best practices at national, European and international level on infomobility and intelligent transport systems;
  • monitoring of the activities carried out by the other italian regions, with particular attention to closer regions, on infomobility and intelligent transport systems also related to the guidelines of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport on the “database of ITS services in Italy”;
  • provision of updated projects and initiatives in Lombardy related to infomobility and ITS.
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