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The Arma dei Carabinieri (Carabinieri Corps) has chosen Acea Innovation as a strategic partner to implement innovative solutions in the management of organic waste produced in the various locations, with a view to circular economy.
"We want and must propose ourselves as a virtuous model from the point of view of the eco-sustainability of our management activities. So we asked Acea to develop innovative and smart oriented projects," said Gen. B. Antonio Jannece, Head of the IV Department of the General Command of the Carabinieri.
With SmartComp, the innovative smart solution developed by Acea Innovation together with ENEA and the University of Tuscia, it is possible to treat significant amounts of organic waste directly near the barracks, with a positive impact on the environment.
The collaboration between Acea Innovation and the Arma dei Carabinieri initially involved the "Salvo d’Acquisto" barracks in Rome.
During the trial months, 40 kilos of waste a day were treated with SmartComp, coming from the food waste of the canteen, producing a total of 4 m3 of compost that was used on the lawns of the barracks.
With the University of Tuscia, analytical tests and experimental test fields were conducted which showed that this compost has excellent fertilizing capabilities.
Phase 2 of the project between Acea Innovation and Arma dei Carabinieri is being launched, which envisages the creation of a network among the major barracks in the capital: a "circular community" among the departments of the Carabinieri Corps in which the barracks collect, transport and treat all waste products from canteens and shops.
The project brings significant benefits. It avoids carrying the hundreds of kilos a day of organic residues by reintroducing them into nature in the form of compost and leads to a saving of CO2 emitted by heavy vehicles necessary for transport to the treatment sites.
As part of phase 3 of the project, a study is underway for the Tor di Quinto barracks to test energy efficiency interventions and installation of structures for the production of renewable energy (solar panels and biogas plant) for progressively reduce energy consumption and the impact on the ecosystem, from the perspective of an energy community.
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