Circular economy at the centre of the 2017 edition of Treno Verde by Legambiente and FS Italiane

A journey on Italian train tracks with 11 stops, from Catania to Milan, to talk about a new type of economy, together with the 100 mainstays who are already following this new sustainable and innovative economic development model.

Rome, 22nd February 2017

The economy of the future? Undoubtedly the circular economy, which brings with it new environmental, economic and social opportunities. To explain and talk about it there is Treno Verde 2017, with a special edition dedicated to this new model of sustainable and innovative economic development that is becoming more popular in Italy, and which is now at the centre of a European debate.

From 22nd February to 31st March, the environmental train of Legambiente and Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, with the participation of the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, will travel through Italy, stopping in 11 places from Catania to Milan, to talk about this new economy, to promote sustainability starting from the bottom, to spread the relative scientific information and to give a voice to the many supporters (companies, start-ups, institutions, associations and territories), renamed the hundred Circular economy champions, who are already travelling along this road.

It is an economy which, unlike the linear one, gives life to a self-generation process in which all activities are organised in a manner so as to make the waste of one person become a resource for someone else. This is why the Treno Verde 2017 motto this year is “Each end is a new beginning.

Legambiente demands very ambitious standards from the European Institutions, with clear and precise rules regarding a subject that is decisive for the future of Europe and Italy. It is a request contained in the Circular economy bill that can be signed in the first carriage of Treno Verde. The objectives of the environmental convoy are also to take the most representative experiences presented on-board Treno Verde to Brussels, where talks on approval of the European package on circular economy are being held, and also to demonstrate the many eminent companies that have placed their bets on this new model of economic development. The appointment is for 24th April with a special stop at Brussels together with the 100 Circular economy champions and the vice-president of the EU Committee, Jyrki Katainen.

Presentation of the Treno Verde 2017 campaign

The Treno Verde 2017 campaign was presented this morning in Rome in the conference hall of the Roma Termini station by Rossella Muroni, the president of Legambiente, together with Gioia Ghezzi, president of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, and Gian Luca Galletti, the Italian Minister of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea.