Mayor Tecnimont S p A: Group – Circular economy and green chemistry for the green revival of industry in Tuscany

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PisaTuscany has a historic opportunity to close the waste cycle through new plant technologies that meet the of the European Union circular economy and decarbonisation objectives. The issue was discussed at L’Economia Circolare per il rilancio green dell’industria: la chimica verde per la chiusura del ciclo dei rifutiti [Circular economy for the green relaunch of industry: Green chemistry to close the waste cycle] conference held today at Pisa, promoted by NextChem, a Mayor Tecnimont Group company, and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

Tuscany needs system solutions capable of closing the waste management cycle, with 2.28 million tonnes of municipal waste and 10.1 million tonnes of special waste produced each year. More than 33% of municipal waste is still landfilled and around 10% is incinerated in factories that are closing.

NextChem – the Mayor Tecnimont company operating in chemistry and green technologies to support the energy transition and the circular economy, relying on the know-how and experience of an Italian group of international scope and more than 9,000 employees and offices in the world – presented his Circular Green District model and the role it could play in closing the waste management cycle by Tuscany. The Circular Green District can include various technologies to create green chemistry products – such as hydrogen, methanol and ethanol from plastic and dry waste recycling, from which carbon and hydrogen are extracted to rebuild low carbon ‘circular’ molecules – and to produce green hydrogen by electrolysis from renewable sources.

“The chemical conversion technology to produce circular molecules is a NextChem innovation based on consolidated processes,” said Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of the Mayor Tecnimont Group and NextChem. “This solution makes it possible to reduce the quantity of waste sent to landfill and promotes the decarbonization of industry and transport, necessary to achieve European emission reduction targets”. The model allows industrial sites to be reconverted, which saves and generates new jobs, creates new industrial supply chains and reduces Italy energy dependence by producing materials currently imported from abroad. It also creates the conditions for a pilot phase for the use of hydrogen in public transport, one of the objectives of Next Generation EU and of the energy and climate plans. The solution under study lies at the crossroads of the bioeconomy and the circular economy and is essential in the fight against climate change for global savings of CO2 as well as in terms of waste recovery, with the simultaneous reduction of disposal by incineration and landfill.

According to Fabrice Di Amato, President of Mayor Tecnimont Group, ‘Tuscany has excellent experience and is an ideal laboratory for technological and industrial innovation as well as in relations between industry, institutions and citizens. The presence of secular industries to be reconverted and the existing logistics infrastructure inspire the identification of solutions that can provide Tuscany at the forefront of the ecological transition while meeting the requirements of protection and increase in employment ”.

“The transition to a circular and regenerative economy requires the contribution of businesses, institutions and citizen-consumers,” said Marco frey, Coordinator of the sustainability laboratory (SUM-IDM) at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. “The challenge is indeed arduous, requiring a strategic systemic vision, shared actions and innovative technologies. Every day at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, we examine the opportunities and limitations associated with the transformations underway. We do this alongside institutions called on to relaunch more sustainable and fairer development, and companies like NextChem, which are key players in the transition ”.

Italy the deficit of the systems is well known ”, added Paul Ghezzi, Scientific Coordinator of the Master GECA of the Superior School of Higher Studies Sant’Anna. ‘Tuscany has plans underway to develop the organic fraction collected separately, 50% of which is currently sent outside the region, with investments of over 230 million. A subject of the GECA Master program in circular economy. With the conversion of the systems necessary to use the organic fraction, by 2030 Tuscany could be self-sufficient and even guarantee a surplus of treatment capacity with a potential economic benefit ”.

The conference was followed by a large participation from industry, research and institutions, coordinated by Monica Paternesi, commercial editor at the ANSA news agency. The speakers included: Sabine Nuti, rector of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; Michele Conti, Mayor of Pisa; Marco frey, Coordinator of the sustainability laboratory (SUM-IDM) at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; Paul Ghezzi, scientific coordinator of the GECA master’s program at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies; Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of the Mayor Tecnimont Group and NextChem; Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit DG ENV – European Commission; Laura D’Aprile; Head of the Ecological transition service and Green investments to Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition (Moth); Andrea Sbandati, director of Cispel Toscana; Alberto Irace, CEO of Alia Servizi Ambientali; Renzo Macelloni, mayor of Peccioli (PI); Daniele Fortini, President of RetiAmbiente; Riccardo breda, president of the Chamber of Commerce for Maremma and Tirreno; Simona Bonafe, European Parliament; Manfredi Potenti, House of Representatives; Stefano Ciafani, president of Legambiente; Fabrice Di Amato, President of Mayor Tecnimont Group; Stefano Scaramelli, vice-president of Tuscany region.

NextChem NextChem is Mayor Tecnimont Group technology development company for green chemistry and energy transition. NextChem’s roadmap revolves around three poles: Greening the Brown, for emissions reduction; Circular economy, for mechanical and chemical recycling; Green-Green, for biofuels and bioplastics. The NextChem portfolio also includes different technologies for producing low-carbon hydrogen: Electric BlueTM hydrogen, produced using traditional technologies but with CO2 capture and an electrified process; green hydrogen, produced by electrolysis using renewable energy sources; Hydrogen CircularTM, produced by chemical conversion of waste.

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