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Event Review Salone

Event Review Salone saves and CO 2 Salone Internazionale del Gusto in Turin, Italy, is a bi-yearly ‘slow-food’ event that calls upon chefs, winemakers, caterers, journalists and experts to focus on biodiversity and food education. Last year the Salone set itself a new challenge which underlines the importance of environmental impact, energy resources and CO2 emissions. In accordance with its philosophy, Salone del Gusto 2008 (23- 27 October) was planned with a system-designed approach built around new strategies allowing reduction in environmental impact, promoting eco-sustainable lifestyles and patterns of consumption. This includes sourcing energy supplies from local renewable resources, facilitating waste disposal and reducing environmental impact. In this option the resources are abundant, seasonally renewable, easily obtainable, cost effective, and have potential re-use as fertilisers. The Salone put newly planned solutions in place to contain carbon emissions, and then to achieve zero emissions by offsetting carbon levels with planting of trees in a park on the banks of the river Po in the Turin area, to be accompanied by other initiatives aimed at protecting the river‘s biodiversity. This project was developed with a system-designed view by Slow Food, Piedmont Region, the Municipality of Turin, Industrial Design-Turin Polytechnic, Fondazione Zeri, along with Novamont and other partners. Several areas of the event are involved in the project, such as the furnishings (elimination of the carpeting, etc.), waste production (a waste disposal method aiming at 50% separation) and packaging (biodegradable carrier bags, glass packaging for the Presidia, collection and recycling of PET bottles, upgrading of steel packaging, etc.). Other areas include: the utensils for eating food in the Terra Madre and Ideale cafeterias (Mater- Bi® tableware sets), the logistics for transporting goods and the delegates and visitors of Terra Madre (motor vehicles with reduced environmental impact, incentives for using public transportation, etc.), energy resources and CO2 emissions (obtaining energy from local renewable sources, planting local trees in the fluvial park of the river Po in the Turin area, etc.). Novamont, a leading company in the bioplastics sector, contributed to this new project thanks to its many years of experience and the results it has obtained by designing new systems that promote the role of bioplastics. The company is 10 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/09] Vol. 4

Del Gusto Resources Emissions THE BIOPLASTICS FORUM AT WORLD BIOFUELS MAKETS EUROPE’S Event LARGEST Review BIOFUELS CONGRESS & EXHIBITION F O R U M 16TH MARCH 2009, BRUSSELS EXPO CENTRE, BELGIUM MAIN CONFERENCE, 17TH – 18TH MARCH 2009 a concrete example of the active contribution that this material is making to sustainable development and the reinforcement of new industrial policies that can meet the needs of the economy with sustainability and create an integrated system of chemistry, agriculture, industry and the environment for a „truly sustainable development“ with low environmental impact. Novamont made its contribution to the project by supplying the event with about 200,000 sets of tableware made of Mater-Bi® and cellulose pulp. This exclusive distribution of disposable biodegradable and compostable Mater-Bi products will yield an estimated 11,000 kg of compost from the collection of 27,000 kg of organic refuse. This translates as a saving of about 20,000 kg in unsorted refuse destined for landfill or incineration. An LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) study comparing meals served with compostable disposable products and traditional disposable plasticware showed that 68kg of CO2 emission were saved for every 1000 meals (the figure has been adjusted down for Turin‘s Salone del Gusto, given probable lower levels of leftovers). The project estimates overall carbon savings equivalent to 450 fewer vehicles moving around Turin each day for the four days of the event (on a 50 Km per car per day basis). In non-renewable energy terms, savings translate as 515 kWh per thousand meals served, or the switching off of 26,000 50-Watt bulbs for the four days of the event. Featuring top industry speakers including: RAMANI NARAYAN, University Distinguished Professor, Michagan State University, USA DR. JOHN WILLIAMS, Technology Transfer Manager, Polymers & Materials, National Non Food Crops Centre, UK DR BILL ORTS, Research Leader, Bioproduct Chemistry & Engineering, USDA DR MARTIN PATEL, Associate Professor, Utrecht University, The Netherlands CAMILLE BUREL, Manager, Industrial Biotech Council, EuropaBio Register today! For delegate registration options (including pre conference forums), please contact Victoria Adair on +44 (0)207 099 0600, email or fax +44 (0)207 900 1853. Please quote reference BF15A Organised by:

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