The Sustainable Development Foundation is today an authoritative point of reference for the main sectors and actors of the green economy: the economy for a sustainable development. We count on a set of experience, knowledge and credibility, acquired in years of thorough work, which we put at the service of a civil and environmental commitment, especially supporting businesses and organizations sharing a common vision of sustainability and responsibility.

We are strongly committed to a constant update, to the dissemination of publications, studies and research, to information and discussion events, to the involvement of institutions and stakeholders, as well as to networks to advance strategic green economy themes: circular economy, green cities and sustainable mobility.

Edo Ronchi

The President

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The States General 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 66 business organizations – in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, the States General 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 3000 participants held at Rimini Fiera during “Ecomondo”.

The participatory process and stakeholders involvement take place through: consultation of experts, representatives of enterprises and business associations and civil society; thematic National Assemblies open to a broad participation and various National Meeting in preparation of the States General final event in Rimini; requests for comments and contributions to targeted mailing lists, proposed by the National Council; institutional dialogue and interactions.

For more information on the issue in 2019: www.statigenerali.org

Sustainable mobility

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.

Green City

The Green City Network is an initiative promoted by the Sustainable Development Foundation to enhance activities and initiatives for the greening of the Italian cities in accordance with the best European and international experiences. The Network promotes a Green City Approach: a multi-sectorial, integrated approach to the well-being, social inclusion and long-term development of cities, based on aspects that are now essential, such as the environmental quality, efficiency and circularity of resources and climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Studies and publications
Conferences and workshops
Partnerships and Technical projects
In attendance at live and public events
Experts involved in our work (speakers, experts, susdef members)
Average yearly visits on susdef web sites
Employees, collaborators and consultants
Networks launched since 2008
Press releases
News written


Companies and Associations

Member Experts

Agrelli Giulia

Arena Daniele
Information technology

Aspromonte Donatello
Analisi costi-benefici

Bailo Modesti Alessandra
Imprese green

Baldini Dario*
Regolazione e finanza

Barbabella Andrea
Indicatori sostenibilità

Bienati Massimiliano
Strategie e reporting

Bologna Gianfranco
Sviluppo sostenibile

Bologna Paola
Legislazione ambientale

Borasi Francesco
Legislazione ambientale

Carrubba Corrado
Legislazione ambientale

Cesaretti Claudio Massimo
Economia ambientale

Coizet Roberto
Comunicazione e formazione

Attilio Coltelli
Lubrificazione ecologica

D’angiulli Sonia
Legislazione ambientale

Di Martino Antimo
Legislazione ambientale

Paolo degli Espinosa
Tecnologie ambientali

Federico Antonio
Sviluppo sostenibile

Ferrari Elisabetta
Legislazione rifiuti

Ficco Paola
Legislazione ambientale

Gisotti Giuseppe
Geologia ambientale

Leoni Stefano
Legislazione ambientale

Longhi Giancarlo
Riciclo e recupero

Miranda Giovanni*
Tecnologie ambientali

Morigi Enrico
Legislazione ambientale

Nascetti Giuseppe
Ecologia e sviluppo sostenibile

Orsini Raimondo
Management ambientale

Pacilli Anna
Biologa e giornalista

Parasacchi Anna
Processi partecipati

Perillo Giovanni
Economia circolare

Robortella Stacul Edoardo
Geologia ambientale

Roberto Edoardo
Ingegnere ambientale

Rolle Enrico
Ingegneria idraulica

Ronchi Edo
Green economy

Rosi Francesco
Legislazione ambientale

Rossi Silvia*

Sanna Marco
Gestione rifiuti solidi urbani

Saracco Guido
Tecnologie ambientali

Sarasino Flavio
Fonti rinnovabili

Soprano Paolo
Sviluppo sostenibile

Squitieri Giovanni
Legislazione ambientale

Suriano Salvatore
Gestione rifiuti

Zaccardi Goffredo
Legislazione ambientale

Zerunian Francesco
Comunicazione ambientale


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.

Other Publications

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.



In order to seize the opportunities of the new challenges deriving from sustainability that affect all productive sectors, passion, skills, good standards and good technology are required.

Joining the Foundation for Sustainable Development means choosing to come together in a network that shares common difficulties and ambitions, to influence strongly a system that need to address with attention the environmental issues, and that needs to be able to guarantee an economy capable of sustaining itself in the future.

The Foundation’s activities include conferences and seminars, discussions with the PA, ad hoc researches by our network of experts, information campaigns – website, mail and editorial – design and technical support.

It is possible for experts, companies and associations that share the same purposes and ideals of the Foundation, to join and contribute to our aims, through grants, direct donations and annual membership fees.

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