The purpose of the Foundation is the promotion of a green economy, one of the core principles of sustainable development.Promoting solutions to the climate crisis as well as the economic crisis and, aiming for a better and more inclusive welfare while protecting natural capital and ecosystem services, are practices good not only for the environment, but also for a way to give solidity and sustainability to the economic recovery. In the complex path towards a green economy, the year 2015 marked two events of great importance: the Laudato si’ Encyclical of Pope Francis and the Paris Agreement on climate change at COP 21.
On one hand, the Encyclical, addressed to all people of good will, contributes to greater environmental awareness. On the other, the Paris Agreement has brought as many as 187 countries, including China and the United States, to adopt plans of national measures to mitigate the climate crisis. The purpose of the agreement is to ratify their will to work deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and to try not to exceed the increase of 1.5 ° C. Although things are taking a turn in the green direction there is still much to be done, since the pace of change continues to be inadequate. In the first eight years, our organisation has grown and the staff has tripled. The rising authority of the Foundation and its assets’ growth are a source of pride for those who have pledged their support over the years and that are driving us to do better.
The General States of the Green Economy
The General States of the Green Economy have the purpose to develop proposals and recommendations for policy makers in order to affirm a new Italian economy trend towards the development of a green economy with the broad involvement of companies and business organizations.
Promoted by the National Council of the Green Economy – which gathers 64 business organizations – in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Economic Development, the General States are a multi-stakeholder participatory process based on a bottom-up consultation approach of the main Italian green economy actors.
The whole process sees its conclusion, each year, with a large and public two days event with over 2000 participants held at Rimini Fiera during “Ecomondo”. The preparatory work takes place throughout the year and it is the result of the activities of 10 working groups on each one related to 10 different strategic areas, several public initiatives for consultation and, institutional dialogue and interactions.
For more information on the issue in 2016: www.statigenerali.org
The aim of sustainable mobility is to promote social inclusion, the efficient use of resources and the continuous reduction of mobility impacts on human well-being and the environment. The intervention strategy to achieve this goal lays on three integrated lines of action: reduce mobility needs (Avoid / reduce), encourage the use of more sustainable transport modes (Shift); continuously improve means of transport to render them more efficient (Improve). This strategy, adopted by EEA and UNEP, takes the acronym ASI. Using this approach, the Foundation develops strategies for action, writes research reports for evaluation of policies and, organizes events and meetings for the dissemination and diffusion of good practices.
Energy and Climate
The fight against climate change represents a major challenge, not only of environmental nature, but also of our age. The world of energy, in its broadest sense, is changing rapidly. It is necessary to accelerate this process in order to achieve full decarbonisation of the economy by 2050. It is a challenge that we can win, thanks to the growth of renewable sources of energy, to the increase of clean energy savings and to the promotion of efficiency in all areas. On these issues, the Foundation has conducted many studies and research, analyzing different subjects ranging from national energy scenarios to the costs of energy; it supports companies and public bodies in planning and programming like in the European initiative of the Covenant of Mayors. Moreover, the Foundation organizes conferences and workshops on relevant issues and it produces periodic insights, such as the Climate Dossier and the Italy climate report, taking stock of current policies and of updated national and international data.
Reporting, green strategies, ecoinnovation
To succeed, a green economy needs innovative instruments and approaches which apply to the business world and beyond. There is need for new reporting tools, able to grasp and transparently communicate the real contribution made to the green transition. Tailored strategies to guide organizations’ choices towards models of governance and green business are needed. The ability to develop eco-innovation both in processes and in products, pursuing continuous improvement, is also essential. The Foundation supports businesses and public administrations in the definition of advanced green strategies, in the search for new business models oriented towards sustainability, in environmental certification paths and in the assessment and reporting of their performance. For this purpose, it has also developed an original product, the Green Economy report, which is specifically designed for those enterprises active in the transition to a green economy.
Waste and circular economy
Intelligent use of materials is one of the pillars of sustainable development. The philosophy of the Foundation is to always look ahead to stimulate, support, and facilitate the change of the current production and consumption models. In order to achieve the green economy objectives and, with them, to accomplish circularity, the instruments chosen to do so are consensus-building, development of proposals and cognitive support.
To fulfill such a commitment, the Foundation has established a structure for the development of studies, analysis and proposals in the field of efficient use of materials within production, distribution and consumption processes, as well as in the area of waste management.
The activities are varied since they target both the private and the public sector. They consist of reports and assessments on economic circularity of the supply chains, development of prevention programs and waste management plans, evaluation and analysis of governance models, studies and legal / regulatory assistance, support for the implementation of sectoral policies, development and support for the implementation of innovative proposals.
Natural capital, green infrastructure, agriculture
The need to develop new business models which really take into account the services provided by natural systems, has been promoted with ever greater commitment by the most important international organizations. In this context, companies will need to be able to play an active role in the enhancement of the Natural Capital, in order to seize the opportunities arising from a market that looks at these issues with growing interest.
The Foundation promotes activities aimed at the environmental rehabilitation of territories, at the creation of green infrastructure, at the recognition and valuation of ecosystem services towards business involvement in conservation initiatives and, at the enhancement of the Natural Capital. In support of the Ministry of Environment, the Foundation is involved in the initiating actions to implement the Charter of Rome that aims to optimize synergies between the Cultural Capital and the Natural Capital as well as to develop virtuous experiences of green economy in National Parks.
Osservatorio Europeo del Paesaggio
Claudio Massimo Cesaretti
Comunicazione e formazione
Paolo degli Espinosa
Riciclo e recupero
Alessandra Bailo Modesti
Ecologia e sviluppo sostenibile
Gestione Rifiuti Solidi Urbani
Edoardo Robortella Stacul
Ingegneria Sanitaria ed Ambientale
PARTNERSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Since its inception, the Foundation has become part of both the European and the international network of organizations and institutions active in the promotion of sustainable development.
In particular, the Foundation is member of Global Compact Network Italy, the European Climate Foundation and Transport & Environment, and of the Global Reporting Initiative – a stakeholders’ association. Moreover, it has supported several initiatives with the Institute of Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU), the International energy agency (IEA), the Dual Citizen and the International Union of Railways (UIC).
Edo Ronchi, born in Treviglio (BG) in 1950, has lived in Rome since 1978 and he is married with three children. He graduated in Sociology and after leaving political and elective offices, he was appointed, in September 2008, President of the Foundation for Sustainable Development by the assembly of founders. By means of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, Edo Ronchi aims to broaden the horizons, dealing, on one hand, with the green economy and, on the other, with the involvement – not easy, but necessary – of businesses in the path towards sustainability. From June 2013 to June 2014, he was sub – commissioner for the environmental remediation at of the Ilva of Taranto and, upon the expiry of the first year in office, he did not accept the renewal that was being proposed since, the necessary funds to complete environmental remediation measures were not ensured.
He was university professor and researcher from 2009 to 2013 at the University La Sapienza of Rome, where he held courses of ” Environmental Design” and of “Landscape Architecture”. From 2002 to 2006, he was an adjunct professor, at the Alma Mater University of Bologna, School of Geographical Sciences, for the course “Environmental Legislation” and, in the years 2004-2006, he taught the course of “Environmental Risks”. From 2001 to 2005, as president of the Institute for Sustainable Development Italy (ISSI), he completed numerous research activities.
From April 1996 to April 2000 he served as Minister of the Environment for Italy and he implemented numerous environmental reforms: on waste management (Legislative Decree n. 22 of 1997 – or the “Ronchi decree”); for the development and qualification of environmental interventions (Law n. 344 of 1997); on the atmospheric ozone protection (Law n.179 of 1997); on the protection of natural habitats of wild flora and fauna (Presidential Decree n.357 of 1997); on the prevention of hydrogeological risk (Law n.267 of the 1998 Act); on the prevention of water pollution (Legislative Decree n.152 of 1999); on the protection of air quality (Decree n.451 of 1999); on the control of hazards from major accidents (Legislative Decree n.334 of 1999); for the prevention and reduction of integrated pollution (Legislative Decree n.372 of 1999).
As a member of the European Environment Council of Ministers, he participated in many activities at both European and international level. For instance, he took part to the formulation of the Kyoto Protocol – which he later signed on behalf of Italy. Moreover, he collaborated to the preparation of a number of new European directives: on water, on reducing emissions from cars and heavy vehicles, on genetically modified organisms, as well as in the field of waste incineration, air pollution, large combustion plants and the disposal of waste in landfills.
In 2000, he declined the position as Minister of Community Policies due to the government choice of removing environmentalists from the Ministry of the Environment. In line with that, he did not stand for the next legislature.
Edo Ronchi had a long parliamentary experience initially from 1983 to 1994 in the Chamber of Deputies, then from 1994 to 2000 and from 2006 to 2008 in the Senate. As a member of the Committee on Environment – Territory and Public Works of the Chamber – he guided the parliamentary process to the first major environmental reforms such as: the law establishing the Ministry of Environment (L.n.349 of 1986); the law for the protection of soil ( L.n.183 of 1989 ) and the framework law on natural protected areas (L.n.394 1991); the law establishing the National Environmental Protection Agency (ANPA, today APAT) and the regional agencies (Law 61 of 1994).
From 1994 to 1996, he was Chairman of the parliamentary group “Progressisti – Verdi – La Rete” and he was particularly involved in the processing that initiated the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (which led to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997) and its energy related themes.
From 2006 to 2008, as a member of the Committee on Territory, the Environment and Environmental assets of the Senate, he was rapporteur for the amendments to the Environmental Code (Law 152/2006) on waste, water, land reclamation, environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment. He promoted the renewable energies’ reform (DDL 786/2006) which was acknowledged in the finance Act 2008. Furthermore, he presented a draft bill of both the urban reform and of the government of the territory (draft bill n.1691 / 2007). However, the early end of the legislature interrupted the process.
He was one of the spokesperson of the environmental commitment. He participated in the movements of ’68 – in particular the students’ anti-war and anti-nuclear ones. After joining the “Proletarian Democracy” (DP), where he was elected Deputy for the first time in 1983; and later in 1989, he was among the founders of the “Verdi Arcobaleno”, in whose list he was elected to the European Parliament. He resigned his seat from this position to prevent a double appointment and to devote himself fully to building a unified green political movement. In the light of that, in the early 90s, the so-called “Federation of the Greens” was established through the merger of “Liste Verdi” and “Verdi Arcobaleno”.
In 2000, since he firmly believed in the urgency of influencing the political guidelines of a major party with a green approach, together with a group of environmentalists, he left the Federation of the Greens and participated in the constituting process of the Democratic Party (PD). Even today, the policy of the environmental division is recognized as one of the founding pillars of the Democratic Party policies.
Throughout this path, he firstly was one of the founders of the Left Ecology Party that managed environmentalists both internal and external to the Democrats of the Left Party. The Left Party, appointed Edo Ronchi as their National Secretariat for one year. In 2006, he was one of the founders of the Association of Democratic Ecologists, and he was elected to the Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Party in 2007. After concluding the constituent commitment of the Democratic Party, since 2008, he has no longer sought office, nor has he taken over the party offices. Instead, he devoted himself fully to the work of the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
Scholar and expert of environmental issues, sustainable development and green economy, he published the following books:
Edo Ronchi, Roberto Morabito, Toni Federico, Grazia Barberio – Le imprese della green economy – Ed. Ambiente , Milano 2014 , pagine 196.
Edo Ronchi, Roberto Morabito, Toni Federico, Grazie Barberio – Un green New Deal per l’Italia –Ed. Ambiente , Milano 2013, pagine 240.
Edo Ronchi e Roberto Morabito – Green economy per uscire dalla due crisi- Ed. Ambiente, Milano 2012, pagine 290.
Edo Ronchi, Pietro Colucci – Vento a favore – Verso una proposta condivisa per l’ambiente, oltre gli schieramenti politici, Ed. Ambiente, Milano,2011,pagine 219.
Edo Ronchi – Uno sviluppo capace di futuro – Le nuove politiche ambientali,Ed.Il Mulino,Bologna,2000,pagine260.
Edo Ronchi, Maurizio Santoloci – Inquinamento idrico:adempimenti e responsabilità,Ed.Buffetti,Collana Ambiente,Roma,2001,pagine 247.
Edo Ronchi, Fausto Giovannelli, Stefano Maglia, Elettrosmog-Dalle origini alla legge quadro, Casa Ed.La Tribuna,Piacenza,2001,pagine631.
Edo Ronchi, a cura di, Un futuro sostenibile per l’Italia, Rapporto ISSI 2002, Editori Riuniti, 2002, pagine 326.
Edo Ronchi, Ecologia come seconda modernità, Ed.ISSI, Roma, 2003, pagine 217.
Edo Ronchi, Maurizio Santoloci – La riforma dei rifiuti, I nodi critici, Ed.Buffetti, Collana Ambiente, Roma,2004, pag.350.
Edo Ronchi,a cura di, Il territorio italiano ed il suo governo,indirizzi per la sostenibilità, Edizioni Ambiente, Milano, 2005, pagine 116.
Edo Ronchi,a cura di, Lo sviluppo sostenibile in Italia e la crisi climatica, Rapporto ISSI 2007,Edizioni Ambiente ,Milano,2007,pagine 312.
Edo Ronchi, Cinque anni dopo Rio, in Relazione sullo stato dell’Ambiente, Ministero dell’Ambiente, Ed. Ist.Poligrafico e zecca dello Stato,1997.
Edo Ronchi, Le politiche ambientali, in AA.VV.Italia 97′ Rapporto di primavera, Centro studi Euroitalia, Ed.Sermitel, Roma, 1998.
Edo Ronchi, Introduzione, in Politiche ambientali in Italia, Bilancio 1998, Ed.Ministero dell’Ambiente, Roma,1998.
Edo Ronchi, Le politiche ambientali, in AA.VV Italia ’98,Rapporto di primavera, Centro studi Euroitalia, Ed.Sermitel,Roma 1998.
Edo Ronchi, Le aree naturali protette (relazione introduttiva alla Prima Conferenza nazionale delle aree naturali protette,Roma 25-28 settembre 1977), in L’ambiente informa, bimestrale di informazione del Ministero dell’Ambiente, anno 1 n.2, 1998.
Edo Ronchi, Prefazione, in AA.VV, La nuova tutela delle acque, Edizioni Ambiente,Milano,1999.
Edo Ronchi, Energia e ambiente, in AA.VV, Atti della conferenza nazionale energia e ambiente 1998, Vol.I, a cura dell’ENEA, Fabiano Editore,1999.
Edo Ronchi, Introduzione, in Politiche ambientali in Italia, Bilancio 1999, Ed.Ministero dell’Ambiente, Roma,2000.
Edo Ronchi, Le politiche ambientali, in AA.VV Italia 2000, Rapporto di primavera, Centro studi Euroitalia, Ed.Sermitel, Roma, 2000.
Edo Ronchi, Presentazione, in Peter Hoffman, L’era dell’idrogeno-Energia per un pianeta più pulito, Franco Muzzio Editore,Roma,2002.
Edo Ronchi,Il rilancio del Protocollo di Kyoto in Italia, in AA.VV, Il Protocollo di Kyoto in Italia,Ed.ISSI,2004.
Edo Ronchi, Prefazione, in Francesco La Camera, Sviluppo sostenibile,origini,teorie e pratica, Editori Riuniti,2005.
Edo Ronchi, Fiscalità ed economia ecologica,in AA.VV,Sostenibilità dello sviluppo e riforma fiscale, ed. Gruppo Parlamentare DS Camera dei Deputati,2005.
Edo Ronchi, Introduzione, in Paolo Degli Espinosa,Italia 2020, Energia e ambiente dopo Kyoto, Edizioni Ambiente,2006.
Edo Ronchi, Progettare l’uso sostenibile del territorio, in AA.VV, Complessità del territorio e progetti ambientali,Ed.Franco Angeli,2006.
Edo Ronchi, L’Italia,l’ambiente e lo sviluppo, in Italianieuropei, rivista del riformismo italiano,Editrice Solaris,Roma ,2007.
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