Maker Faire Rome green

Maker Faire Rome 2019 wants to participate in the fight against climate change by adopting a carbon neutral approach.

 

The great issue of the circular economy and, in particular, of bioeconomy, greenbuilding and greentech are very topical issues to which the MFR has already dedicated an entire pavilion since last year’s edition: dozens of innovative companies and experts in the field demonstrate how to combine business, manufacturing and sustainability by exhibiting their products, their projects and their technologies.

And this year, Maker Faire Rome will make a further leap in quality as it will be the first Italian trade fair event to show a real sensitivity to climate change through the adoption of a carbon neutral approach, as well as being plastic free.

The intention is to start a virtuous, difficult and demanding cycle that can reduce the environmental impact of the Fair by transforming it into an event of great environmental, as well as technological, value. In fact, all greenhouse gas emissions generated during the days of the event will be compensated through the planting of the Maker Faire forest thanks to the collaboration with the start-up zeroCO2, whose trees will be individually traced with a code and a system of georeferencing  https://www.bezeroco2.com/aziende/mfr19/

The event will also use only certified energy produced from renewable sources.

To develop the “Maker Faire Rome Carbon Free” project, an Enea spin-off was commissioned to carry out a detailed quantitative and qualitative calculation of the emissions generated during the days of the Fair. For example, all data on the energy, water, transport and waste consumption generated during the event will be collected. 

In  support of this ambitious project, as part of Maker Faire Rome 2019 all the material used to supply food & beverages will be entirely biodegradable and certified compostable. Considering the size of Maker Faire Rome, this is a very significant organisational and economic effort, but one of great symbolic and environmental value, which involved almost a year of joint work with all the stakeholders involved.

Visitors will be invited to take part in this project by being asked to not introduce plastic bottles or containers into the fairgrounds.

Maker Faire Rome seeks to improve and further develop this project also in future editions with the aim of becoming an event of great environmental, as well as technological, value, to demonstrate the real possibility, from the outset, of a radical reversal in terms of the reduction of climate-changing emissions, the convinced adoption of the circular economy, the replacement of the main polluting materials with bio-compostable ones.

100% OF THE ELECTRICITY CONSUMED WILL BE RENEWABLE

In 2008, Green Utility Spa installed a photovoltaic generator, integrated in the roofing, in the Fiera di Roma, with a power of over 1.7 MWp, capable of producing almost 2 GWh per year.

The system made an important record at the time: it was the largest generator in the world, in terms of installed power, involving thin film. Since then it has produced about 16,888,788 kWh, avoiding emissions into the atmosphere for about 8,454 tons of CO2.

Thanks to the partnership with Green Utility Spa, energy partner of the sustainability project of MFR19, 100% of the electricity consumed by Maker Faire Rome 2019 will be renewable and with zero CO2 emissions.

This is the first edition during which we are committed to the Carbon Free and Plastic Free approach. We are aware that this is only the beginning, we want to improve and further develop the Maker Faire Rome green project also in future editions with the aim of becoming an event of great environmental as well as technological value, to demonstrate the concrete possibility, immediately, of a radical turnaround on the front of the reduction of climate-changing emissions, the convinced adoption of the circular economy, the replacement of the main polluting materials with those that can be bio-subjected. We ask the collaboration of exhibitors and the public to carry out this great project together.