Meet Italian Municipalities: Circular Economy and Waste

Create relations to Italian Municipalities in need of building new waste recycling sites and identifying new solutions and technologies within waste management

In uncertain times, you have a certain opportunity to initiate a potentially valuable dialogue with relevant decision makers and officials. 

Italy produces more waste than the local municipalities are capable of recycling and processing. Despite being one of the countries that is closest to reach EU 2030 targets for waste management, there still are many barriers to tackle to transform the problem into an actual resource for the Country. The greatest challenge for Italian municipalities is now to identify new solutions and technologies, whereas Danish companies are invited to present their strongholds within waste management. 

Who should join? 

The Italian municipalities are looking for ways to rethink and optimize the waste management in terms of new technologies and solutions. Thus, the meeting is relevant for companies within all parts of the supply chain:

  • Reuse and Recycle sites
  • Waste monitoring technologies
  • Reuse and Recycle technologies
  • Incinerator builders
  • Architectural consulting
  • Engineering consulting
  • Waste collection, analysis, IT tracking, and sorting

Why join? 

As a response to the financial consequences COVID-19 has caused for Danish companies, the organizers attempt to set up the digital framework for the companies to boost their exports.

By participating in this meeting, you will get

  • to meet relevant actors and decision-makers within waste management from Italian municipalities: Florence and Parma
  • to introduce your company to municipalities in need of new technologies and solutions
  • to be a part of an aggregate effort to showcase and substantiate that Danish strongholds within the industry are world-class
  • to be featured in export catalogue
  • Insights into the waste challenges from the municipalities who is responsible of the waste management in Italy


10:00 Welcome and moderation
Jens Holst Nielsen, Director, Global Market Development at the Confederation of Danish Industry

10:05 Introduction to Danish strongholds within circular economy and waste
Malene Bering Beitzel, Head of Sector - Circular Economy and Waste, State of Green

10:20 An example from the real world: Amager Ressourcecenter (Amager Bakke)
Jacob H. Simonsen, CEO, Amager Ressourcecenter 

10:35 Presentation of the Italian municipalities and their challenges 
The Municipality of Florence: Iacopo Bianchi, Waste Management Office – P.O. Public and Environmental Hygiene and Urban Livability
The Municipality of Parma: Ulisse Appiani, Environmental Protection and Cristina Pellegrini, Mobility & Energy

11:05 Roundtable with the participating Danish companies
Each company provides a short presentation

11:45 Open dialogue
Possibility to ask further questions

During the meeting, State of Green will give a brief introduction to Danish strongholds within circular economy and waste management. Moreover, a Danish user of a relevant solutions will present how they are used in the real world, while the Italian municipalities will present their challenges. Eventually, the Danish companies will present their solutions in relation to the Italian challenges.

The Italian waste challenge rests among the municipalities: New recycling sites and identification of new technologies and solutions needed

Italy produces approx. 30mil tons waste every year of which 58% is recycled. This means that the country produces much more than it can recycle.

Waste management in Italy is a controversial issue due to the disparity across the country; some cities experience urban waste monitoring and removal as a problem, while others have transformed waste management into a resource for the individual municipality and the development of a circular economy due to the use of new technologies.

Italian Municipalities are responsible for waste management throughout the country and therefore represent the main interlocutors for all companies wishing to present their solutions and access the market.

A great challenge in the market is represented by the great difference in numbers between disposal plants and recycling facilities. As a matter of fact, in 2017 there were 383 landfills and incinerators for hazardous and urban waste while recycling plants are 1.700 (including storage platforms and waste selection and treatment plants). These numbers are inadequate to the circular economy goals of the country. The greatest need in the Italian market of waste management is in fact the building of new recycling sites and the identification of new technologies and solutions to make the whole process easier and more in line with circularity standards from the monitoring of urban waste to selections and disposal/recycling.

This means there is plenty of market potential for Danish companies in Italy as a large established economy with more than 60 million inhabitants and a GDP of 2.000 billion US$ in 2019.

The organizers

With the purpose of initiating the contact to relevant actors and decision-makers within waste, the digital meeting is organized by the Confederation of Danish Industry in cooperation with the Royal Danish Embassy in Rome. 

The fint print 

The price is calculated on a fixed number of companies and a 75 per cent subsidy from the Danish Trade Council. If the number of participating companies changes or if the support from the Trade Council is not approved, we reserve the right to offer participation at a different price. Should this result in a higher price than the one quoted you have the right to cancel your participation.

Registration is in accordance with the General Terms and Conditions for participation in Export Promotion Events of the Confederation of Danish Industry. Read more.