Association rewards Rimini for its environmental focus

Rimini’s strong environmental focus has secured the 26th Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE).

The Palacongressi di Rimini will host the annual event, which is expected to bring some 800 academics, researchers, scientists, and managers together in June 2021 to discuss environmental, climate and resource economics.

The agenda will include the circular economy, low carbon transport systems, and the decarbonisation of buildings, areas in which Rimini is already very active as host of the Ecomondo Green Technology Expo, a leading event in Europe for the new models of circular economy, from material and energy recovery to sustainable development. The States General of the Green Economy, the annual meeting of the Italian green economy, is held at the event.

Ecomondo runs alongside renewable energy expo Key Energy, with Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) reporting a 24% rise in the participation of international industry/trade members in the 2019 event compared to 2018.

Speaking at that event, Italian Minister for the Environment Sergio Costa said: “Our country has excellent technology and the knowledge necessary for modifying behaviour and processes.”

The Emilia Romagna region is also home to the ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, and a strong Greentech ‘Clust-ER’ of companies, research centres and training institutions. More than 6,200 companies were identified as belonging to the green economy in 2019.

Another decisive factor in clinching the bid was the support of Elettra Agliardi (Rimini Campus) and Anastasios Xepapadeas (University of Athens and Campus of Rimini) representing the Faculty of Economics of the University of Bologna, staunch promoters of the candidacy together with IEG.

Agliardi’s main research areas span Environmental policies and sustainability, and the economics of climate change; Xepapadeas is a past president of the EAERE and co-editor of Environmental and Resource Economics.

(Via Palacongressi di RiminiEcomondo, Invest Emilia-Romagna)