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Biomasses and deforestation: false myths about wood and pellet-fuelled heating

We often hear about deforestation and environmental sustainability problems but this terminology is often used improperly, generating confusion and leading to the wrong conclusions. Let’s try then to disprove some false myths and understand why heating with biomasses is a totally sustainable choice, both from a social-economic viewpoint and for the environment. Does burning wood and pellets for warmth destroy our forests? There is just one, simple answer to this question: it absolutely does NOT! On the contrary, choosing wood or pellet-burning stoves and fireplaces sourced from sustainably managed forests favours the conservation and protection of our forests as well as contributing to limiting climate change to the…

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World Environment Day 2020 – “It’s time for Nature”

If not now, when?  It is the title of Primo Levi’s 1982 novel, but it is also a sentence that calls for concrete action. If not now, when will we start talking and taking concrete action on the environment? We can start at any time, but today, 5th June 2020, is a special date: it is World Environment Day, whose main objective is to raise awareness in each of us about the dramatic decline in nature and our planet’s biodiversity. About one million living species (out of an estimated total of about 8.7 million) are threatened with extinction. The biodiversity…

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2019’s greenest European capital is Oslo

What’s Europe’s greenest capital? There’s no easy answer to that question but, since 2010, there has been an award organised by the European Commission that compares the environmental policies and the concrete efforts of candidate cities, allowing objective and stimulating conclusions to be drawn. The European Green Capital Award Have you ever heard of the European Green Capital Award? This award has been set up for European cities having more than 100,000 inhabitants to which a financial incentive is given from year to year which must be invested in strictly green projects. There is also a competition for smaller cities…

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Solar panels are paving the way to a better future

We’re not talking about the latest science-fiction film or about the forecasts of some visionary: solar panels have already replaced tarmac in many countries. This is still in the experimental phase of course, pros and cons are being weighed up but it is undoubtedly a great leap ahead in the matter of environmental sustainability . The (very recent) story of the Solar Road The pioneer of this type of initiative is Normandy with its 2016 WattWay project by Colas. This is just a 1-km stretch of road covered with solar panels and designed to supply all the electricity required by the…

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Greenitaly 2017: more green businesses in Italy

What does it mean for a company to go green? Greenitaly 2017, the yearly report drawn up by “Fondazione Symbola” and “Unioncamere” (the Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce) dedicated to the ecological and sustainable practices of Italian companies can give you a hint. The main data collected by Greenitaly 2017 Going green means investing in technologies dedicated to saving energy, reducing the company’s environmental impact or waste production. It also refers to the how much recycled material or resources a company uses. In other words, green practices refer to anything a company does that is good for the environment…

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