Circular Economy Digital Summit 23 March

Artificial intelligence and the circular economy

Circular Economy Summit on 23 March 2022
Circular Economy Summit on 23 March 2022

In May, Ipack-Ima, Greenplaplast, Print4All and Intralogistica Italia will be back together. A systemic choice anticipated by an International Summit, which on 23 March will describe trends, policies and benchmarks in environmental sustainability and artificial intelligence.

Four events, Ipack-Ima, Greenplast, Print4All and Intralogistica Italia with a single objective – to present the market with the best of instrumental mechanics and discuss the most innovative solutions dedicated to the various industrial production sectors. The Innovation Alliance will be back at Fiera Milano from 3 to 6 May – a supply chain exhibition ranging from the most sustainable solutions for the processing of plastic and paper to their graphic customization, from food and non-food processing and packaging to the handling and storage of goods.

A summit for growth in the circular economy

With two months to go until the event, the partners of The Innovation Alliance, in collaboration with Fiera Milano, have decided to organize a Summit aimed at stakeholders from all industrial sectors. This is a fundamental step forward, designed to initiate a shared reflection on the circular economy, a conceptual framework within which the theme of sustainable development, a key element in the evolution of industrial models, fits in.

Organised by Business International, a division of Fiera Milano specialising in the conception and realisation of events and training, the Circular Economy Summit – Artificial Intelligence and Circular Economy Models: Towards a Regenerative Industrial Ecosystem will be held on 23 March, starting at 9.30 am central European Time, entirely in digital format, and can be followed, according to user preference, in both Italian and English. The four hour event agenda can be downloaded.

A working event through the intervention of international keynote speakers and a round table involving CEOs from the main industrial and distribution sectors, will explore the interaction between two major emerging trends, Artificial Intelligence and the Circular Economy, and how AI represents the most powerful boost to accelerate the transition towards a new model of production and consumption.

The aim is to inspire reflection on the urgency of a virtuous ecosystem and a non-linear economy, in which today’s goods can represent tomorrow’s resources and which is based on the principle of ‘closing the loop,’ the closing of the life cycles of products, services, waste, materials, water and energy.

Circular Economy Summit Agenda – 23 March 2022 – 9.30-13.30

Artificial intelligence and circular economy models: towards a regenerative industrial ecosystem
Digital event
Chairperson: Mariangela Pira, Journalist, Sky Tg 24
9.30 Opening Platform
10.00 Welcome Delegates & Remarks
Luca Palermo, Group CEO, Fiera Milano
10:10 The circular economy: models for a regenerative industrial ecosystems Alice Bodreau, Strategic Partners Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Framework and perspectives
10:30 Circular economy Outlook: global and European Sustainability Challenges
Rob Dellink, Senior Economist, OECD 10:50 A new Circular Economy Action Plan
William Neale, DG Environment’s Directorate B – Circular Economy, European Commission
11:10 Investing in a Circular Future: Circular economy and PNRR
Laura D’Aprile, Head of Department of Ecological Transition and green investments,
Ministry of Ecological Transition, Italian Government
11.30 Artificial intelligence and the circular economy: AI as a tool to accelerate the transition
Gianluigi Greco, Full professor in Computer Science, University of Calabria, President, Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence AIxIA – Member of EurAI

Future conversation with CEOs
11:50 Towards a Modern, Sustainable, Circular Industry
 Giulio Bonazzi, CEO, Aquafil
 Gian Franco Cillario, CEO, Eurostampa
 Carlotta de Bevilacqua, CEO & President, Artemide
 Giuseppe Di Martino, CEO, Pasta Di Martino
 Simon Pietro Felice, CEO & General Director, Caviro Group
 Nazzarena Franco, CEO, DHL
 Lamberto Vallarino Gancia, CEO, Domori – Illy Group
 Christophe Rabatel, CEO, Carrefour
 Sara Scrittore, Vice President and General Manager, Southern Europe Hub, Colgate-
 Yan Zhao, Executive Representative of European region, Salov – Bright food Group Co.

13:30 Closing event
*Updated March 17, 2022.This program may be subject to change: check the website for regular updates

Participation is free and to register please go to

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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