On one hand, a big boost in the packaging, textile-fashion, building and automotive chains. On the other, a focus on renewable energies with a great accent on wind, photovoltaic and storage systems.

With the expos organized by Italian Exhibition Group there is also the Circular Smart City project

Rimini Expo Centre, 6-9 November 2018

Rimini, 21st March 2018 – Circular economy on one hand and the development of energies renewable on he other: the great changes under way in the green economy universe, with an increasingly international business approach, will be featured at the key showcases of Ecomondo and Key Energy which Italian Exhibition Group is organizing at Rimini Expo Centre from 6th to 9th November. At the 22nd edition of Ecomondo the core will be the circular economy, which up until a few years ago was only theoretic and now, thanks to the enactment of regulations and financing able to power it, is a practice under way in the most developed industrial nations. The 12th edition of Key Energy confirms its role as a business catalyser and driving force for all the increasingly strategic sectors of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

Two top events held simultaneously which will occupy 129,000 square metres of exhibit space ready to host over 1,300 companies, with a participation that last year rose to 116,000 attendees and over 90,000 qualified buyers.

As well as the expo proposal, there will also be more than 200 events, meetings and seminars with a focus on the latest most stringent  topics, to implement in both the circular economy and renewable energies the new challenges, Italian and European regulations (from the European package on Circular Economy, to the European Strategy on Plastics), avant-garde case histories, good practices, and a special focus on SEN, Strategia Energetica Nazionale (National Energy Strategy), with its various aspects.

All thanks to the support of very high profile scientific committees, chaired by Prof. Fabio Fava (Ecomondo) and engineer Gianni Silvestrini (Key Energy), two top experts in their respective disciplines in Italy and abroad. And in close collaboration with the main associations representing the entire Italian and European industrial universe (list attached).  The flagship events will outline the trends in the various industrial sectors, with strategic events on Marine Litter, remediation of industrial sites and upgrading of areas, with a strategic and applicative viewpoint, for an estimated audience of over 20,000 people, identified among the industry members taking part in Ecomondo and Key Energy.

A useful program for anticipating and favouring processes, in close collaboration with the key players of the various sectors: from that of waste recovery and exploitation to that of the bioeconomy, renewable energies and energy efficiency, passing through urban upgrading and smart cities. With a horizon that has become indispensable: Ecodesign. In other words, redesigning production, social and economic systems in with an ecological accent.


At Ecomondo, the platform par excellence of the complete waste cycle (a sector that in Europe has an overall turnover of 155 billion euros), the focus will be on Bioeconomy, with industrial excellences, the latest in new material, biorefineries and bio methane.

An innovative expo project will highlight the manufacturing and service enterprises that have made Ecodesign their new “mantra.” There will be in-depth coverage of new approaches for putting the circular economy model into effect in the packaging, textile-fashion, building and automotive chains.

The recent European strategy on plastic will be a reference point in once more highlighting an issue that was also discussed at the 2017 edition. Plus Global Water Expo, with the most important enterprises operating at European level in the management and exploitation of water resources. More space will be dedicated to soil remediation and sediments, upgrading of sites and port areas.

Other issues on the agenda: prevention and management of hydrogeological risks, treatment and purification of indoor and outdoor air, monitoring emissions and gaseous effluents.

Following the opening of Ecomondo, the appointment with the States General of the Green Economy, promoted by Consiglio generale della Green Economy (general council of green economy).


Thirteen years after the Protocol of Kyoto came into force, with the agreement of Paris for use as a compass for the policies for the reduction of the CO2 emissions and the objectives set by the European Parliament to reach the carbon flow neutrality by 2050, a highly challenging context the forms the “backdrop” for Key Energy, the leading fair for renewable energies in the Mediterranean area.

In Italy, to achieve the 2030 objectives foreseen by the National Energy Strategy, which imply renewable energy providing 57% of overall electricity production, over twice the amount of wind energy will be required and triple that of photovoltaic energy.

The close attention focussed on Solar energy and energy storage will once again be featured at
this year’s edition of Key Energy, following the 2017 launch of the Key Solar e Key Storage sections, with the fundamental support of the key associations (Federazione Anie Rinnovabili, Italia Solare). With Key Efficiency space will once more be dedicated to technology, systems and solution for intelligent use of resources, thanks also to the contribution of the ENEA. On the other hand, the agreement with the ANEV continues to strengthen the proposal of Key Wind, whose key players are major industry member and manufacturers of technology for large, medium and small onshore and off-shore wind energy plants, and all the companies of the wind energy chain.


Urban innovation, Mobility innovation and Digital innovation will be the key points around which the Sustainable City process will be constructed, a special project addressing public administrations, technicians and service enterprises involved in the planning and realization of Smart Cities, the cities of the near future and with already solid virtuous experiences, which the fair halls will feature.

Focuses include zero-emission sustainable public transport, with the complete range of green technologies dedicated to urban intermodal mobility, urban upgrading, services, car sharing, bike sharing and fleet management.


Category: International expos; Organizer: Italian Exhibition Group SpA; frequency: annual; edition: 22nd Ecomondo and 12th Key Energy; admittance: trade members and general public; hours: 9 am – 6 pm; green & technology group exhibitions director: Patrizia Cecchi; group brand manager: Alessandra Astolfi; Ecomondo and Key Energy brand manager: Mauro Delle Fratte; exhibitor info: tel. +39 0541 744302; email:; Web sites:; Facebook:; Twitter:; official hashtag: #ecomondo


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