Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A.

Ecomondo 2016


The technology platform for the Green and Circular Economy in the Euro-Mediterranean area. The ideal place to meet Green and Circular Economy operators, strike new business deals, generate value and acquire new customers. The largest showcase in the Euro-Mediterranean area for advanced and sustainable technology for processing and recycling all kinds of waste; treating and reclaiming water, waste water and polluted marine sites; efficient use and transformation of raw and processed materials and the promotion of renewable raw materials. The place where businesses can meet competitors in complementary markets and leading players in public research in Europe and the Mediterranean area to establish national and international partnerships in the implementation of a knowledge-based Green and Circular Economy. The right place to find out exactly how to access national and European funds.

Event Type:
Trade Show/Exhibition
Nov. 8-11, 2016
Rimini Fiera, Expo Centre
Rimini , Italy


Areas of certain interest for the 2014 edition

WASTE e BIOWASTE: complete cycle for Waste - identification, segregated collection, management, recycling and exploitation of waste, including the recovery of inert waste - noble metals - critical minerals, domestic and industrial WEEE.

: cycle for Water - monitoring, management and treatment/exploitation of civil and industrial waste water, recovery of nutrients, reduction of losses and energy consumption, management of plant, protection and exploitation of the marine environment and its resources.

: monitoring and sustainable reclamation of contaminated sites, ground and sediments - Reclamation of Brownfield sites - Treatment of Inert Matter, Decommissioning and Conversion of disused sites.

: equipment and machinery for the transportation of waste, treatment and exploitation of inert waste.

: technology and procedures for monitoring Indoor pollution and for monitoring and treating the pollution of urban and industrial areas.

: bio-refineries integrated into the landscape, bio-refineries for organic waste and food industry by-products/waste, reconversion of chemical plants. Reduction of food wastage, efficient energy use and transformation of the food industry including the integrated exploitation of its by-products and waste.

SMART CITIES and Communities
: innovative technical solutions and integrated models for the resolution of social problems on an urban and
metropolitan scale.

:  technologies, new solutions and high-performance materials, intended to improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and control and reduce pollution factors.

: the 'Europa2020' and Horizon2020 strategy together with the instruments needed to support and co-finance sustainable innovation in Europe such as the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) SPIRE and BioBased Industry, the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) for Water and Raw Materials, as well as the Key Innovation Community (KIC) for Climate Changes .

All these spheres of activity, including that of the conversion of traditional chemical plants, sustainable chemical production and biomass chemical production, the management and energy-generating and chemical exploitation of waste, in particular of organic agri-food and civil waste, the monitoring and management of civil wastewater and its decontamination, etc., could present new industrial growth opportunities for our country thanks to the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) funding schemes for research and innovation such as those involving the launch of national Clusters and projects related to the Smart City concept. National clusters have just been launched

Ecomondo guides companies in pursuing the objectives determined by the Seventh General European Action Programme:

  • Achieve 70% recycling of paper, plastic, metal and glass present in SUW by 2030
  • Achieve 80% total recycling of packaging between 2025 and 2030
  • Achieve 5% total landfill by 2030
  • Prohibit heat treatment of recyclable material
  • Separate landfill from the various methods of recycling inert materials

Waste and Biowaste

  • Classification, separate collection, recycling processes and treatments (chemical and/or W2E) of organic, inert, domestic and industrial WEEE, civil and hazardous wastes, etc.


  • Equipment and machinery for waste processing, lifting and moving, platforms, vehicle disposal.

Reclaim Expo/Decommissioning

  • Sustainable monitoring and reclamation of contaminated industrial sites and marine environments - Recovery of Brownfields - Decommissioning and conversion of disused sites.
  • Systems and solutions for the prevention of hydro-geological disturbance


  • Monitoring, management and treatment / processing of civil and industrial waste water, nutrient recovery, reduction of water loss and energy consumption.
  • Also: plant management, protection and promotion of the marine environment and its resources. Potabilisation, management and efficient use of water for civil purposes.


  • Monitoring of Indoor air quality and the monitoring and treatment of urban and industrial air pollution.

Bio-Based Industry and Bio-Economy

  • Locally integrated bio-refineries, bio-refineries for organic waste and agro-industrial by-products and waste, conversion of chemical plants. Reduction of food wastage, efficiency in energy use and transformation in the food industry and integrated exploitation of by-products and waste.

Smart Cities and Communities/ Sustainable Architecture

  • An exhibition of solutions, materials and applications for improving the quality of urban environmental systems and energy efficiency in public buildings, with a special focus on LPT, policies and solutions for sustainable transport.
  • Dedicated initiatives also focus on advanced technical solutions and models for smart cities.

Research and Innovation

  • The Europa2020 and Horizon2020 strategy and tools for supporting and co-financing sustainable innovation in Europe, including Public Private Partnerships (PPP), SPIRE, the Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), Bio-Based Industry, European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) in the fields of Water and Raw Materials, and Key Innovation Communities (KIC) focusing on Climate Change and Raw Materials.

Waste - treatment and moving
The Complete Waste Cycle is the Core Business of this event.  The scarce supplies of raw materials and the impoverishment of the environment, in addition to the high procurement costs make the reuse and treatment of materials an increasingly profitable activity, and in keeping with the provisions of the European Directive.
Rimini will be hosting the most significant platform of equipment and machinery for the pretreatment and treatment of all types of waste.

A special focus on the selection and recovery of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap and its preparation for sale, highlighting the worn tyre supply chain, the treatment of special and hazardous waste, the recovery of WEEE and critical minerals, the recovery of end-of-life vehicles and the re-use of every single component.

Companies in attendance include the Italian and international key players in the sector.

Waste - recycling and services
The recycling sector of today realises that it is of strategic importance to the Italian economy.

Ecomondo is the B2B event for operators in the Mediterranean Basin on the most effective technological solutions to manage and exploit waste correctly in all its forms, as well as on the efficient use of resources and secondary raw materials.

At the forefront are innovative systems for identifying waste, segregated collection systems, recycling and energy exploitation of waste, including the recovery of inert waste - noble metals - critical minerals, domestic and industrial WEEE.

There´s a special focus on integrated processes for the management of organic waste which aim to recover materials and energy.
There is also significant attendance of all the major materials consortiums and suppliers of software services for the management of environmental services.

Waste - collection and removal
Considering the importance of road transportation of waste in Italy, and the focus placed on the safety of vehicles and on their environmental impact, this section has the objective of presenting industry specialists with all the major technological innovations, the latest new patents and excellent new products from the market of solid and liquid waste collection and removal vehicles, as well as cisterns for draining septic tanks and hazardous waste. A broad range of skips and compactors for segregated waste collection and storage units of various types and for different uses will also be presented, for street furniture, domestic and special waste collection, with attention not just to functionality, but also to design and to the materials used.

Plenty of space will be dedicated to vehicles for road and industrial cleaning and maintenance.
There will also be an exhibit of the entire range of industrial and/or special vehicles for the collection and disposal of solid and liquid waste.

For the most part, these are Italian manufacturers ranked as leaders in this sector, offering their production range across all continents, in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Biobased Industry
One of the emerging industrial areas of Ecomondo is Italian and European Bio-based industry i.e. multi-product biorefineries (which produce several chemical compounds and biogas) and non-food biomass refineries, from wood cellulose and from organic waste, to be introduced in abandoned industrial areas. Reduction of food wastage, efficient energy use and transformation of the food industry including the integrated exploitation of its by-products and waste.

The shortage and cost of crude oil, combined with an insistent demand to reduce the environmental impact associated with its usage in chemistry and conventional chemicals, make the implementation of the tools and strategies of Green and sustainable chemistry increasingly in keeping with the new provisions of current applicable European Directives and the priorities of the new European Horizon2020 framework programme and thus a genuine opportunity for innovation and competitiveness for the country.

Ecomondo will be showcasing the most significant industrial initiatives relating to sustainable chemistry and the biodegradable and compostable bioplastic materials from renewable sources supply chain.

The dedicated hall will be hosting meetings with the main industrial players in the sector, as well as the main Italian and European scientific and industrial policy spokespersons from biobased industry and the bioeconomy.

AIR, for 2015 the news of the national body of technical professionals on odorous emissions: the guidelines and technological innovations in the field of odours produced by waste treatment systems, the methodological approaches to the control of emissions from purification systems and the regulatory and authorisation aspects with reference to the amendment introduced by Italian legislative decree 128/2010 to the Fifth Part of legislative decree 152/06. The most important projects and the state of the art in the monitoring of indoor air quality: the health and hygiene aspects and the quality targets in terms of the emission of materials and their labelling. Focus on the new technologies offered by the market to eliminate pollutants present in atmospheric emissions and on new monitoring and control methodologies.

This year’s conference programme includes conferences and workshops intended to present the biggest technological, legislative, procedural, economic, research and innovation implications linked to the adoption of the circular economy in the major sectors of traditional and innovative industry. There will be a “spotlight event” on the flow of raw material, alternative and critical for conventional and new industrial processes, and one on efficient use of traditional raw material and industrial eco-design. The theme of classifying and making the best use of waste will be dealt with from various perspectives, ranging from new European regulations and strategies to more technical aspects and management best practice. There will be a seminar on the classification of waste in light of recent European provisions, another on strategies for preventing waste and finally one on the field of making the most of waste in the framework of the circular economy, with the presentation of studies applied to various categories of waste, from that associated with high-tech products to plastics. A parallel session will be dedicated to the monitoring, management and treatment/exploitation of organic waste, both civil and industrial, through integrated biorefinery schemes but also anaerobic digestion with bio-methane generation. A further session will be dedicated to the efficient treatment of industrial and civil waste water with recovery of nutrients, their exploitation and reuse of water resources. A section organised together with the European Commission and the Bio-based Industries Public-Private Partnership will be dedicated to the BIO-BASED INDUSTRY & BIO-ECONOMY in the Mediterranean, with the presentation of examples of biorefineries using non-food and surplus biomass and agro-industrial by-products/waste in the field locally. The sustainability of the food industry will also be discussed, as well as optimal use of water and sea resources.

We will have a session dedicated to monitoring and sustainably reclaiming contaminated industrial sites and marine environments (recovering and prevention of marine litter). We will also discuss decommissioning and conversion of disused sites, as well as systems and solutions for preventing hydro-geological disturbance. Finally there will be an event on the URBAN CIRCULAR ECONOMY, that is, the circular management of waste and water in towns and cities, increasing its energy efficiency, monitoring and quality of outdoor/indoor air and systems for purifying it.

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