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These 10 facts about Italy will amaze you



Published: Mon 25 Apr 2022, 11:55 AM

For Italy, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis represented an important opportunity to make the economy and society more sustainable, healthier and therefore more future-proof. It was a fundamental challenge that required the best technological, institutional, political, social and cultural resources. We had to move forward without leaving anyone behind, without leaving anyone alone. Europe had taken up this challenge by mobilizing significant assets around the themes of cohesion, green transition, digital economy, innovation and by committing to the objective of reducing emissions to zero. of CO2 by 2050.

Italy can play a key role in this process, drawing on its often overlooked strengths. Even for the Italians, as Prime Minister Mario Draghi reminded us. The data presented in these “selfies” tell us about the records of circular economy, green economy and design throughout the Made in Italy industry. These archives are hidden in the folds of the ground. The main protagonists are sometimes pocket multinationals, small and medium-sized companies and talents that Symbola records, tells and connects through its initiatives, implemented with many fellow travelers. An Italy that makes Italy active in international markets thanks to its ability to combine competitiveness, environment and social cohesion, innovation and ancestral traditions, empathy and technology, beauty, human capital and communities. A country which, together with Europe, can make a significant contribution to “not spoiling the crisis” and to building a safer, more civilized and more convivial world. To give new strength to hope in a difficult situation.

1 EUROPEAN CIRCULAR ECONOMY CHAMPIONS

Italy is the European country with the highest recycling rate in total waste. With 79.3% of waste sent for recycling, it is almost double the EU average (39.2%) and exceeds other major European countries: France (55.8%), the United Kingdom (50.5%), Spain (43.5%) and Germany (42.7%).

The replacement of secondary raw materials in the Italian economy results in an annual saving of 23 million tons of oil equivalent and 63 million tons of CO2. The country also ranks first among large EU countries for waste reduction: 43.2 tons per million euros produced, while Spain has 48.7, Great Britain 60.8, Germany 59.5, France 74.7 (EU average 78.8).

2 THE LARGEST RENEWABLE ENERGY OPERATOR IS ITALIAN

Enel, together with its subsidiary Green Power, is the world’s largest private operator in the renewable energy sector with 47 GW of capacity managed in the third quarter of 2020 from wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power plants located in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Enel is the global leader in Refinitiv’s ESG rating in the ‘power utilities and independent power producers’ sector, out of nearly five thousand companies assessed on the basis of their sustainability performance. At the same time, in November 2020, it ranked first in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the electric utility sector. Thanks to these choices, it has recently reached a new market capitalization record, exceeding 90 billion euros in value, establishing itself as the leading company in the European utility sector.

3 MADE IN ITALY IS GOING GREENER

More than 430,000 Italian companies in industry and services with employees (31.2% of the total) invested in green technologies and products between 2015 and 2019. An increasing value compared to the previous five-year period when 345 000 companies have invested (24% of the total). This figure increases for companies run by people under 35, where the investment rate was 47%. Since 2015, the number of investments has almost tripled: from 7.9% of companies to 21.5% in 2019 (the equivalent of 300,000 companies). Investments in energy efficiency and renewable sources come first, along with reducing water and waste consumption, followed by reducing pollutants and increasing the use of secondary raw materials. Companies that invest in green technologies export, innovate and employ more people.

4 SECOND IN THE EXPORT OF GREEN PRODUCTS

According to a study by the University of Oxford, Italy ranks second in the world on the green complexity index, behind Germany, thanks to the number of patents filed, low CO2 emissions and policies strict environmental ones. The index, measuring the ability to export technologically advanced green products, estimates that Italy ranks first in terms of development potential ahead of China, Spain, Germany and France. A confirmation that sustainability represents a strategic asset for the future of Made in Italy and that the country plays a key role in growth and economic competitiveness in the challenge of green transition.

5 DESIGN BRINGS STRENGTH TO MADE IN ITALY

Italy has the highest number of design companies with 15.5% of the EU total, followed by Germany (13.6%), France (13.1%), the UK United (10.7%) and Spain (3.2%). This record is to be attributed to the strong link between design and Made in Italy. The 34,000 Italian design companies employ 64,551 workers and generate added value of more than 3 billion euros. They contribute up to 14.8 percent of turnover in the EU. Milan is the capital of design: the city represents 18.3% of national added value and 14% of employees.

6 YACHTING WORLDWIDE SPEAK ITALIAN

In the yachting industry, Italy leads in terms of trade balance, with more than 2 billion dollars (2.2), ahead of the United Kingdom (1.5), the Netherlands (1 ,4), Germany (0.7) and Poland (0.5), and is one of the main exporting countries, just behind the Netherlands and ahead of the United Kingdom, the United States, the France and Germany. The Made in Italy yacht industry has a worldwide turnover of 4.78 billion euros, of which 1.64 billion in the domestic market, and 23,510 direct employees.

7 ITALIAN WOODEN FURNITURE LEADS THE WAY FOR THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND EXPORTS

The Italian wooden furniture industry is the first in Europe for the circular economy: 93% of the particleboard produced in Italy is made from recycled wood. Belgium follows with 84%, Denmark with 60%, Germany with 59% and France with 50%. Italy produces fewer climate-altering emissions than other major EU countries: 26 kg of CO2 equivalent per thousand euros of production, compared to 43 in Germany, 49 in France, 79 in the United Kingdom and more than 200 in Spain. With nearly $10 billion ($9.8 billion), Italy ranks third in the world for furniture trade balance: only China ($96 billion) and Poland ($11 billion) have a higher balance, while Germany (-$3.2 billion), the United Kingdom (-$7.6 billion) and France (-$7.8 billion) have negative balances .

8 ITALIAN AGRICULTURE TAKES PEA IN EUROPE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Italian agriculture is one of the most sustainable in Europe, with emissions of 30 million tons of CO2 equivalent. The sector has reduced the use of pesticides by 20% (2011-2018) and, where other countries have seen growth (France and Germany), it has increased the use and production of renewable energy and reduced water consumption. The sector has 305 PDO/PGI products recognized at EU level and 524 PDO/PGI wines, 5155 traditional regional products and the largest number of organic farms. In 2020, the agri-food sector set an export record with a value of 46.1 billion (+1.8% compared to 2019). Italy has the highest number of young people in the EU (over 56,000 farms under 35) and women in agriculture (one in four — 28% — is headed by women: almost 210,000 entrepreneurs).

9 PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY: LEADER IN PRODUCTION IN EUROPE THANKS TO GROWING EXPORTS

Italy maintains a leading role in Europe for pharmaceutical production, with 32.2 billion euros (2018), just behind Germany with 32.9 billion euros, followed by France (23.2 ), the United Kingdom and Spain, with a growing value of 34 billion euros in 2019 Another reason is the growth of exports, which between 2009 and 2019 increased by 168%, almost double the the EU 28 average (+86%) and more than the other major European players (Germany +72%, Spain +51 percent, France +31 percent and the United Kingdom +11 percent). Over the past ten years, the sector has reduced its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.

10 ITALY IS EUROPE’S LEADING BICYCLE EXPORTER

Italy is the leading European exporter of bicycles with a total value of 609 million euros and a growth of 15.2% compared to the previous year; we sell 1,776,300 bikes abroad (2019), more than Portugal (1,537,046), the Netherlands (1,276,834), Germany (945,450) and Romania (903,591).

Italy represents 16.6% of total European exports. The country ranks first in saddle exports, 53.9% of the world total. The bicycle industry has 3,128 companies and generates a turnover of 1.03 billion euros. A major contribution to sustainable mobility.

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