ACTION 1: SUSTAINABLE SET-UPS
In the case of the Assisi Palaeventi, wood and cardboard will be used to produce items that can be recycled even after the event. After the EoF, over 350 certified pallets will be collected by local industry and will be used for what they were originally designed.
ACTION 2: REDUCTION OF DISPOSABLE PLASTIC MATERIALS
The environmental impact of disposable plastic materials has been established and the Committee intended to eliminate all disposable materials, throughout the event. For this purpose, each participant will receive a small backpack made of cotton, containing a thermal water bottle and stainless folding cutlery, which can be reused after the event.
Following the pandemic, the health authorities have requested that meals be distributed in disposable containers and cutlery.The plan was therefore modified, no longer speaking of elimination, but of drastic reduction of disposable materials.
The materials used are biodegradable and compostable, in compliance with the technical standard EN13432 so that they can be collected with the organic fraction and transferred to the composting plant.
ACTION 3: FOOD SERVICE
Food can have many types of impact, not just the environmental one. The committee’s first choice was to involve the city’s Institute of Hotel Management so that, coordinated by their faculty, the young students would take care of the participants from all over the world.
The second choice was to use raw materials and products from assets confiscated from criminal activity, from organic farming, with a preference for seasonal and zero-kilometer products.
Honey products will also be distributed not only to give participants excellent products, but also to focus the attention on bees, which are at risk of extinction amid pollution and climate crisis.
ACTION 4: PROMOTE SEGREGATED WASTE COLLECTION
In all the places affected by the activities of the event, segregated waste collection, assisted by volunteers, was organized for all the collection fractions. So that the segregated collection will effectively become recycling, the company in charge of the collection will provide, through the City of Assisi, the certificates of conferment in the various plants.
ACTION 5: DIARY OF SUSTAINABILITY
To facilitate personal reflection, a diary made of certified paper and a bioplastic pen will be provided to the participants.
ACTION 6: IMPACT CALCULATION
A monitoring system was developed for all EoF activities in Assisi to assess the real impact of the event and the amount of CO2 produced and the amount of CO2 lessened thanks to the Actions for the Care of Creation.
ACTION 7: NEUTRALIZING AND/OR OFFSETTING ACTIVITIES
Once the emissions are determined, with “Sustainability Credits,” more Actions of Care for Creation will be implemented to reduce the impact of the event. In particular, thanks to the collaboration with the PEFC and the Region of Umbria, reforestation activities in areas ravaged by fire and actions to preserve existing forests are being studied.
ACTION 8: IMPACT REPORT
At the end of the event, an Impact Report will be produced that can provide a picture of what has been implemented. It can be useful to other organizers of ecclesial events. This report will take into account both the actions aimed at reducing emissions and the subsequent actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the emissions produced.
This initiative wants to give the sense of a commitment towards the care of the common home that does not expire with the event but also continues afterward. On these pages, the participants will be updated with the practices of an integral ecology that will gradually be completed.
All these activities were made possible by the choices made by the Committee, and by the support of the event’s sustainability partners.
The following organizations have collaborated in the Actions for the Care of Creation:
CITTÀ DI ASSISI
ECAMRICERT – MERIEUX NUTRISCIENCES
ECOZEMA – SOCIETÀ BENEFIT
FONDAZIONE CON IL SUD
ISTITUTO ALBERGHIERO DI ASSISI
NOVAMONT – SOCIETÀ BENEFIT
RI-GENERIAMO – SOCIETÀ BENEFIT