THE ECONOMY OF FRANCESCO:

AN EVENT DEDICATED TO THE CARE OF CREATION

Organizing a complex event necessarily involves choices. Events always have environmental impacts, and it was decided to try to mitigate them, even before asking participants for responsible behavior.

To enhance this commitment, the Organizing Committee of The Economy of Francesco chose to highlight the experience of Sisifo srl Società Benefit, by implementing some actions aimed at the realization of an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable event.

Inspired by the gift to humanity that is the Encyclical Laudato si’, and strengthened by Fratelli Tutti signed by Pope Francis in Assisi itself, The Economy of Francesco becomes a sign of Integral Ecology, which through responsible behavior contributes to reversing the current climate crisis.

Both ECONOMY and ECOLOGY etymologically derive from the Greek oikos, home; a bond so close that it compels one to take responsibility toward the common home, not as masters, but as responsible stewards.

Just as it is true that no event can have a zero impact, it is also true that, with certain organizational choices, it is possible to significantly reduce the impact of the event, by managing the resources in a rational manner and against the prevailing culture of waste.

In drafting the event’s Care of Creation Project, reference was made to the SEVEN LAUDATO SI GOALS defined by the platform promoted by the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, of which The Economy of Francesco is a member of the Steering Board.

The organizational choices of the Committee for Integral Ecology are important, but they will not bear fruit without everyone’s contribution: each participant is called upon to do his or her part with some decisive behavior.

ACTIONS FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

The constant changes of events caused by the pandemic forced the Committee to modify its programs and actions. Thanks to the support of various business organizations that have decided to sponsor The Economy of Francesco, the following are the scheduled Actions for the Care of Creation:

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:

ALLFOOD

https://www.allfoodspa.com/

ASSOCARTA
https://www.assocarta.it/

CARTIERE BURGO
https://www.burgo.com/

CITTÀ DI ASSISI
https://www.comune.assisi.pg.it/

CONAPI
https://conapi.it/

ECAMRICERT – MERIEUX NUTRISCIENCES
https://ecamricert.com/

ECOCAVE
http://www.ecocave.it/

ECOZEMA – SOCIETÀ BENEFIT
https://ecozema.com/

FONDAZIONE CON IL SUD
https://www.fondazioneconilsud.it/

FONDAZIONE PERUGIA
https://www.fondazionecrpg.com/

FORMAPERTA
https://www.formaperta.it/

FRA’ SOLE
https://www.frasole.org/

ISTITUTO ALBERGHIERO DI ASSISI
https://www.alberghieroassisi.eu/

LIOMATIC
https://www.liomatic.it/

LUCENSIS
https://lucensis.org/

NOVAMONTSOCIETÀ BENEFIT
https://www.novamont.com/

PALM W&P
https://www.palmwp.it/

PEFC
https://www.pefc.it/

POLYCART
https://www.polycart.eu/

RI-GENERIAMO – SOCIETÀ BENEFIT
https://ri-generiamo.it/

SARVEX
https://www.sarvex.it/