David Chiaramonti, President of RE-CORD
Climate Change today heavily impacts on our everyday life , with huge consequences on health, economy, infrastructures and agriculture. What until today was known as safe, certain, and reliable, is becoming more and more questionable, uncertain, risky and unreliable for us and for future generations. Deploying more sustainable agronomic practices, exploiting the full potential of renewable energies, decarbonizing transports, optimizing energy demand and promoting energy efficiency, have also become urgent actions that cannot be delayed further if we really aim at keeping global warning within acceptable limits, as also stated by major international organisations such as the IPCC, IEA, EC etc.
Our economies need to deploy all possible sustainable options towards a low/zero carbon system. Biomass, Bioenergy and Bioproducts are key players in this game, in a Bioeconomy and Circular Economy context: this is the focus area for RE-CORD, the Renewable Energy Consortium for R&D.
Following a long development path, started at the University of Florence at the end of ’80s-early ’90s by the Department of Energy Engineering “S. Stecco” and CSGI, then continued at C.R.E.A.R. (Center for Renewable and Alternative Energies) and DIEF (Industrial Engineering Department), RE-CORD represents a well-established R&D center, with its specialized human resources and competences, a chemical laboratory, pilot plants and experimental area. Since 2010 RE-CORD not only mainstreams knowledge in the field, but also acts as a catalyzer of cross-sectorial multi-actor competences, from engineering to chemistry, form economy to physics, favouring integration and a more effective use of human resources and infrastructures.
RE-CORD signed in 2020 a Collaboration Agreement with the Polytechnic of Turin. This will further support and promote the activities in the field of chemical and energy engineering arounf the circular and bio-base economy.
Over the last years RE-CORD continues its steady growth RE-CORD significantly grew in terms of new activities and relations/networking, coordinating and participating in of the most relevant EU R&D initiatives on alternative Energy in support to the European Commission.
This booklet summarizes the effort made by RE-CORD over the year, listing the main areas of work, the major achievements, ongoing projects and new ideas, in a long term vision towards sustainable development and growth.
Our world needs to make use of all possible sustainable options towards a low/zero carbon system.