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Transition engineering as new approach for design and management in an environmental, social and economic sustainability

Keywords: Circular Economy, Industrial Symbiosis, LCA, Natural Resources, Green Technologies
Fig. 1. A circular economy application: Construction and Demolition waste closed loop for recycling (picture by A. Bonoli).
Fig. 2. The experimental DICAM urban green roof for rainwater collection, air pollution reduction and buildings energy saving (picture by A. Bonoli).
Fig 3. Life Cycle Assessment in Automotive sector. Phases’s portion of incidence (picture by A. Bonoli).

The team of Engineering of Transition is developing research activities oriented to building a sustainable world, from the point of view of environmental, social and economic, by saving and valorizing natural resources: raw materials, water and energy. Several themes of study and research to support design and management, in urban and industrial context, that can be summarized as follows:

  • treatment, valorization and recycling of raw materials and solid waste according with Circular Economy principles;
  • water supply, water and groundwater saving, wastewater recovery and recycling at urban, industrial and agricultural level;
  • energy recovery from solid waste management; environmental impact assessment for renewable energy sources;
  • Construction and Demolition Waste management, treatment and recycling. Research of unconventional or recycled materials for building and construction: recycled aggregates from selective demolition, utilization of straw, hemp, etc. for energy savings, to reduce climate-change emissions, for zero impact buildings;
  • support to technological innovation in industrial R&D by recycling, savings and minimizing of environmental impacts: Ecodesign, Life Cycle Assessment, Ecological Footprint, Multicriteria Analysis in several production issues and in many environmental engineering activities (soil and polluted water reclamation, resources use and saving, waste management, etc.). Promotion of Industrial Symbiosis principles and applications.
  • application of the concepts of resilience, green technologies and "site specific" design in rural and urban areas in order to fight climate-change effects, saving water, energy, soil and natural resources.
  • Transition approach for the sustainability of the University Community.

A specific stream of research concerns the application of all these topics and studies in cooperation activities for developing countries.

Main publications

Bonoli, A., Lalli, F., Zanni, S., Development of a multicriteria indicator of virtuosity in waste management addressed to local authorities, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal,14, No. 7, 2015, pp. 1649 – 1663.

Bonoli, A. Zanni, S., Mancini M.L., Abatement and bio-digestion of airborne contamination in precision mechanics: the case study of Beretta firearms, Proceedings of International Conference on Industrial Waste & Wastewater Treatment & Valorization, IWWATV, 2015.

Bonoli, A., Zanni, S., Mancini, M.L., Bio-degradation of silk industry wastewater: a case study. Proceedings of EBCVI, 6th European Bioremediation Conference, 2015.

Bonoli, A., Simion, I.M, Fortuna, M.E., Gavrilescu, M. Comparing environmental impacts of natural inert and recycled construction and demolition waste processing using LCA, Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management, 21, Issure 24, 2013, pp. 273-287.

Bonoli, A., Zanni, S., Cuenca-Moyano, G.M., Valverde-Palacios, I., Life Cycle Assessment of natural and recycled masonry mortars. Book of Extended Abstract, III International Congress of Constrution and Building Research (COINVEDI 2015).

Bonoli, A., Lalli, F., Zanni, S., Exhausted cooking oil valorization from raw material and energy recovery. Book of Abstracts of ICEEM08, 2015.

Bonoli, A., Zanni, S., Air pollution treatment in modern segregated waste treatment facilities. Recent Advances in Urban Planning, Sustainable Development and Green Energy, 2014, ISBN: 978-960-474-404-6.

Bonoli, A., Antonozzi, L., Zanni, S., Life Cycle Assessment applied to remediation technologies: methodological and practical issues. Proceedings of International Conference on Industrial Waste & Wastewater Treatment & Valorization, IWWATV 7, 2015.

Bonoli, A., Cappellaro, F., Transition as a new participatory approach for achieving the sustainability of the university system. In: 17th ERSCP, European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Conference Proceedings. Portorož, Slovenia, October 14-16, 2014, p. 790-798, ISBN/ISSN: 978-961-93738-1-

Bonoli, A., Cappellaro, F., Waste Responsibility and Management. The case of the University of Bologna. In: Proceedings of SUM2014 2nd Symposium on Urban Mining 19-21 May 2014, Bergamo (IT).

Bonoli, A., Bamonti S., Construction and Demolition waste recycling for new sustainable materials production at high environmental efficiency. In: Proceedings of SUM2014 2nd Symposium on Urban Mining 19-21 May 2014 Bergamo (IT).

Bonoli, A., Simion, I.M, Ghinea, C., Maxineasa S.G., Taranu, N., Gavrilescu, M., Ecological footprint applied in the assessment of construction and demolition waste integrated management, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2013, pp. 273-287.

Bonoli, A., Antonozzi, L., Zanni S., Life Cicle Assessment (LCA) as a mean of comparison between active and passive remediation technology for wastewater and contaminated soil. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal. September 2013, Vol.12, No. 9, Supplement.

Bonoli, A., Pompei A., State of the art of recycling of photovoltaic panels using separation technology, Separating Pro-Environment Technologies for Waste Treatment, Soil and Sediments Remediation, 2013.

Quarta F., Bonoli A., Rem P.C., Upgrading of post-consumer steel scrap, Separating Pro-Environment Technologies for Waste Treatment, Soil and Sediments Remediation, 2013.

Research projects

Climate KIC - Pioneers into Practice. European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

EU Minotaurus Project 7th Framework Programme under Grant Agreement no. 265946.

Management and C&D waste recycling activities Emilia Romagna Region