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A green economy ambitious but concrete, cultured but feasible. The package of proposals that the National Council of the Green Economy presented to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on the eve of the Italian presidency of the European Union which begins in July.

On Monday 30 June, after the national press conference, we will learn about the 6 strategic topics that the Council has put at the center of the proposals for the launch of a green economy sustainable. For now we know that there are 3 fronts: economic development, social development, environmental balance and natural heritage.

The challenge is to find the synthesis. Certainly, as has been pointed out, Prime Minister Renzi belongs to a generation that is much more attentive to environmental issues than the previous one and this justifies a series of expectations from the 'multicolored' world of green economy.

The innovations announced by the Government, which we await the proof of the facts, make the goal of an effective transition towards a real green economy by a worn and outdated industrial and consumer system. The hope is that the European semester can truly be the occasion for a profound change in the European political and economic agenda, as the government itself has announced.

For its part, the world green he feels called to give proof of concreteness and that is why within the Council of the Green Economy the harmony was identified in the 'progressive' philosophy promoted by the Edo Ronchi Foundation for Sustainable Development: cultured and feasible environmentalism, attentive to the needs of the market and work, rigorous but detached from the utopias of the extreme fringes.

Of the National Council of the Green Economy 66 Italian associations are part of the coordinators of the 10 Working Groups of which the Council is composed:

  • Development of eco-innovation;
  • Development of eco-efficiency, renewability of materials and waste recycling;
  • Development of efficiency and energy saving;
  • Development of renewable energy sources;
  • Development of Ecosystem Services;
  • Development of a Sustainable Mobility;
  • Development of ecological quality agricultural chains;
  • Development of sustainable finance and credit for the green economy;
  • Regions and Local Bodies for the Green Economy;
  • Waters.

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