The Case for a Circular Food Industry
At Enel X, one of our missions is to help transition today’s leading and most resource-intensive industries to a circular model, one which makes abundant re-use of resources and eliminates waste. As one of Italy’s leading strategic sectors, the food industry has an enormous negative impact on the environment. For this reason, Enel X and the Department of Business Economics at the Roma Tre University have teamed up to launch the “Food and Circular Economy Observatory”, the first initiative of its kind in this sector. Bringing together leading firms along the Italian agri-food value chain with university researchers and Enel X’s cross-industry vision, best-in-class measuring tools and technology solutions, the Observatory will offer a snapshot of the current situation and determine select key performance indicators (KPIs) that will assist participating firms in evaluating their circularity efforts. The Observatory will be a key part of efforts to develop a sustainable production model that centers around eco-innovation, digitization and ecological transition — one that highlights best practices and gaps in the current model and offers a roadmap of measures required to bring the industry in line with broader circular economy objective.