Pnrr, 192 circular economy ‘lighthouse’ projects financed

Pichetto: “Italy at the top of the ranking of EU states for the recycling rate of all waste”. Gava: “From plastic waste energy carriers such as hydrogen or methanol”

The Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security “takes a further step towards the technological innovation of waste management plants for strategic industrial chains”. So the Mase announces the financing of 192 ‘lighthouse’ projects.

For a total of 600 million euros allocated with Pnrr resources, the dicastery led by Minister Gilberto Pichetto has in fact given the green light to 192 projects relating to circular economy ‘lighthouse’ investments for the mechanization of separate collection and the creation of additional waste treatment facilities. 60% of the total resources, allocated in compliance with the EU state aid regime, were allocated to the central-southern regions and 40% to the northern regions.

“Italy is the leader for the reuse of materials and is at the top of the ranking of EU Member States for the recycling rate of all urban and special waste – the minister specified – Like Mase and as a government, the maximum commitment in this direction, in line with European objectives, also in order to reduce the important regional disparities in the rates of separate collection and material recovery”.

The projects eligible for financing include interventions for the modernization of existing plants and the construction of additional new ones for the improvement of the collection, logistics and recycling of electrical, electronic, paper and cardboard waste; the construction of new plants for the recycling of plastic waste, including so-called marine waste; finally, the infrastructure of the collection of pre- and post-consumer textile fractions, the construction of new textile recycling plants and the modernization of existing ones.

As regards in particular i plastic wastethese “will constitute an extraordinary accelerator for hooking up to the recycling targets – says Deputy Minister Vannia Gava – The new technologies will, in fact, make it possible to eliminate the material waste that is obtained from traditional mechanical processes and to produce energy vectors from chemical treatments such as hydrogen or methanol for use in the production of fuels”.