In a Green Economy the reduction of the environmental impact of business enterprises results in economic advantages for the companies themselves.

The identification of the factors that push firms to develop such strategies is a fundamental step to further promote green economics and to move our society toward a Circular Economy.

In the last 10 years, VIU has developed research and capacity building projects focused on the studying and the dissemination of knowledge about the strategies and dynamics of moving towards a green economy.

Researchers with different backgrounds (e.g. business sector and academia) are involved in those projects, thus contributing to highlight the multiple factors involved.

The scale of the projects ranges from local to international.

The University of Padua and Tsinghua University are among VIU Members that work with the TEN Program on Sustainability on this area.


The following is a selection of implemented projects, to show the different areas of research and activity applied to Green and Circular Economy:

MOBIS - Business Models for Social Inclusion

Funded by the Veneto Region (2017-2019), the project identifies and promotes new business models for SMEs. B-Corp certification is one of them and represents an opportunity for local SMEs to develop a competitive though sustainable growth. MOBIS designs and disseminates sustainable growth processes, in which social inclusion is its core value.   


Summer Training Course Circular Economy: Policies and Practices 

The training course is meant to provide civil servants (public administrations) and professionals (utilities and firms) with an overview on the EU Circular Economy policies and practices as well as with a practical guide for their implementation at national, regional and local level. In cooperation with ACR+. Year: 2017


Capacity Building for Policy Makers, entrepreneurs and experts

Within the Capacity Building activities developed for policy makers, entrepreneurs and experts of developing economies, a number of sessions were designed addressing a variety of aspects linked to Green and Circular Economy, such as Clean Energy and Climate Change (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2015), Industrial Energy Efficiency (Chinese Ministry of Innovation and Industry, 2015), Green Growth (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2014), Innovation of Enterprises and Green Technologies (Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, 2014), and many others. Years: 2003-2016


Towards a Green Economy

The research project critically reviews the concepts of green economy and green growth, considering in particular the energy-environment challenge, at global level but also looking at local implications. It also works on assessing whether the world is ready to deal with a new green technological and social revolution, inquiring on the main strategic, political, financial and behavioral issues involved. In cooperation with ENEL foundation and the Regional Environmental Center (REC). Year: 2014


Atlante Green. Mapping Italian green companies

The project designs a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences on environmental sustainability for Italian firms, by mapping those Italian companies that have already undergone sustainability paths with the aim of showing successful case studies for stimulating other firms to start innovation processes. The project also provides Italian companies with information and knowledge useful for promoting their green products and activities abroad, to futher enlarge the mapping and networking of green Italian firms. Key words for the project are: Sustainable Production and Consumption, Sustainable Policy for Industries, Green Labelling. In cooperation with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS). Years: 2011-2014


Innovation and Sustainability. Capacity building for Young Entrepreneurs 

The project develops a pattern for young entrepreneurs for building capacity and growing awareness in the field of Green Economy, through seminars, site visits and workshops on the topic, with young entrepreneurs and experts. In collaboration with the Young Entrepreneaurs Group Unindustria Treviso and the patronage of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea. Year: 2010. 

The book L'innovazione diventa sostenibile was published in 2011 collecting the outcomes of the project.


Sustainability Scenarios for Porto Marghera Industrial Area 

The research project investigates the redevelopment opportunities for Porto Marghera, the industrial Area of Venice, taking into account also environmental issues. The project was carried out with Corila – Consortium for Coordination of Research Activities in the framework of the research works dealing with the fragile environment of the Venice Lagoon. Years: 2009-2011

Publication: The decline of eco-industrial development in Porto Marghera, Italy. Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 100, 1 August 2015, Pages 286–296. Ilda Mannino, Eniel Ninka, Margherita Turvani, Marian Chertow. 2015.