By Nathan Johnson
A direct link now connects top Italian and Hungarian businesses committed to containing CO2 emissions within established international limits. This is what emerged as a common thread from last week's 'Solutions for a Low Carbon Future' roundtable, which took place in Budapest during the RENEXPO Fair, organised by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC).
At the heart of the meeting was a presentation concerning innovative technological solutions to help reduce environmental impacts derived from the construction of new buildings. Other interesting strategic issues were covered as well, such as energy-saving policies and different aspects of 'green philosophy'.
The REC's delegate from the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Stefania Romano, highlighted the need to act quickly and emphatically: "In 2007, humans exceeded the planet's biodiversity capacity by 125 percent. We consume more than what the earth can possibly sustain.
"The REC is involved and is working on several issues," Romano continued, "from environmental education for children to roadmap development for the construction of energy-saving buildings."
After official greetings from Italian Chamber of Commerce President in Hungary Maurizio Sauli and Energy Commission President Adriano Ruchini, and also from ICE Director Alessio Ponz de Leon Pisani, a number of hosting enterprises made their roundtable presentations.
Giuseppe Toniato from Gruppo Riello spoke about the technological evolution of domestic heating and new opportunities to save energy. Gyorgy Czipo, an Energy Efficiency Government Office representative, discussed development scenarios for expanded use of alternative energy in some 3,200 city halls buildings scattered throughout Eastern Europe.
Carlo Tonutti, Unacoma vice-president and a delegate from the National Union of Farm Machinery Constructors, underscored his association's commitment discovering and using new technologies capable of reducing CO2 emissions, while increasing the use of bio-combustibles. Tonutti recalled an earlier presentation from Onu General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on new farm technology capable of dramatically reducing CO2 emissions.
Federico Zaggia from engineering office Favero & Milan talked about the planning and construction of eco-friendly buildings, while Tamas Kovacs demonstrated an innovative vertical turbine project for electricity production.
The microphone then passed to the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea for the roundtable's concluding remarks. "This meeting," stated Romano, "confirms the Ministry's commitment, with REC support, to sustaining and promoting several programmes developed to increase awareness of environmental problems - such as eco-building-related issues - by creating appropriate means of dialogue between several actors differently involved in meeting international goals of environmental sustainability."
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