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31 March: the shutdown ceremony

31 March 2021 represents a milestone in the development of the Bioplatform project.

This was the day that the Sesto San Giovanni waste-to-energy plant was shut down; moment that symbolises the end of the current incinerator and the beginning of the industrial symbiosis project that will transform the old plant into the innovative Bioplatform, a green hub dedicated to the carbon neutral circular economy with zero CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

This project that marks a turning point in environmental policies in the Lombardy Region. Not only is it the first new waste-to-energy plant to be authorized in more than 10 years, but it is also proof that a circular economy cannot be achieved without a real commitment to creating low-emission plants that adopt cutting edge technology.

Sustainability has been at the very centre of both European and national policies for years. It is not only a challenge, but also an opportunity to pioneer a circular economic system based on the reuse and recycling of materials. The project to convert the Sesto San Giovanni waste-to-energy plant embraces this vision and is part of the process to transport Lombardy and the whole of Italy towards virtuous and innovative waste management and recovery systems.

This is an important opportunity to be shared with citizens, institutions and the territory.