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The business-as-usual and the linear production and consumption models are not affordable anymore: a circular economy revolution is required, in order to take advantage from the highest value of materials and products at all times. Efficiency is not a definitive solution, considering the finite nature of materials stocks. In circular economy, technical materials are designed to be recovered and upgraded, with a continuous optimization of their value. Circular economy can create huge opportunities for innovation.

The energy necessary to support the circular economy should be renewable by nature, with the aim of decreasing resource dependence and raise systems resilience and sustainability. A transition to sustainable economies will entail huge environmental, economic, social, job and health benefits.

At a global level, investments in renewables and energy efficiency are relevant, and a shift towards a low-carbon society is underway. Renewable energy costs are falling, and coal is in structural decline.

 

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As demonstrated by the 2017 REN21 “Renewables Global Futures Report”, in 2016 investments in renewables have doubled those in fossil fuels, reaching $ 248.8 billion. In Italy, the investments in renewables have amounted to 9.9 billion euros in 2015, about 3 billion more than the previous year.

At a global level, the 19,3 % of energy demand has been satisfied by renewable and clean energy in 2015. This fact was due not only to environemental protection reasons but also to the more affordable renewable energy's price compared to energy's price from fossil fuels or nuclear.

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 Nevertheless, the investments in clean energy technologies have to be implemented to meet the realization of the low-carbon energy system envisaged by the Paris Climate Agreement, which commits to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Report “World Energy Investment 2016”, the investments in energy sector at a global level reached 1.8 trillion dollars in 2015, 8 per cent lower than the previous year, due to a decline in oil & gas investments.

Italy has a marginal patent production compared with other countries, and it is focused on the areas of hybrid vehicles, accumulation, plug-in electric vehicles and charging stations. Among others, burocracy, risk avoidance, difficult market penetration and the transition from research to products, are some of the obstacles of innovations development.

In this scenario, GCA promotes innovations able to entail a reduction in energy costs and the energy self-sufficiency, aiming at the realization of low-carbon societies.

GCA plays to accelerate the development of goods and solutions which are circular by design, exploring the following fields: Power Generation; Renewables; Storage Tech; Efficient Grids; IoT Applications; Zero Emissions Building; Sustainable Mobility; Biofuels.

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Green Capital Alliance (GCA) is the international solutions based platform created in 2015 by Officinae Verdi, the energy investment company founded by UniCredit and the WWF Foundation (Italy). GCA was created to accelerate scalable cleantech and pertinent digital innovations by using sustainable finance, supporting the paradigm shift towards a green | circular economy.

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