Incinerator of Florence, Italy

The new incinerator in Florence, Italy is possibly going to start building in summer 2016. The project is dangerous and it has caused strong protests by civic and women's groups.


Description

Under the solgan of "thermovalorization" (obtaining energy by burning wate) the Tuscan Region authority is planning to build one of the largest waste incinerators in Europe at Case Passerini, in the municipality of Sesto Fiorentino.

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Basic Data
NameIncinerator of Florence, Italy
CountryItaly
ProvinceFlorence
SiteSesto Fiorentino
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Waste Management
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Incinerators
Waste privatisation conflicts / waste-picker access to waste
Specific CommoditiesDomestic municipal waste
Chemical products
E-waste
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe project is a so-called "waste to energy" project, that furthers the production of waste. The cost would be about 200 million euro. The tonnage would be 198.400 ton. per year, according to information in http://www.gruppohera.it/gruppo/attivita_servizi/business_ambiente/termoval/punto_vista_hera/pagina19.html

The so called "Termovalorizzazione" project would therefore burn about one third of all the waste produced in the metropolitan area of Florence.
Level of Investment (in USD)200,000,000
Type of PopulationUrban
Start Date01/01/2005
Company Names or State EnterprisesQUADRIFOGLIO S.p.a. (QUADRIFOGLIO S.p.a.) from Italy - 60% Actions of Q-THERMO
HERA S.p.a. (HERA S.p.a.) from Italy - 40% Actions Q-THERMO
Relevant government actorsGovernment of region of Tuscany
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersMamme NO Inceneritore

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The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingSocial movements
Local government/political parties
Trade unions
Local scientists/professionals
Wastepickers, recyclers
Industrial workers
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Women
Informal workers
International ejos
Local ejos
Forms of MobilizationArtistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Land occupation
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Referendum other local consultations
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Global warming, Fires, Air pollution, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Food insecurity (crop damage), Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Potential: Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Potential: Loss of landscape/sense of place, Violations of human rights, Other socio-economic impacts, Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCourt decision (undecided)
Under negotiation
Development of AlternativesZero Waste strategy - http://www.zerowasteitaly.org/
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.There are complaints and demonstrations in 2016 but the projects has not (yet) been stopped.
Sources and Materials
Links

Gruppo Hera
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No Inceneritori campaign
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Mamme NO Inceneritore, Alternative
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Provincia Firenze, Rifiuti (includes also link to incineration project, 2013)
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Citta di Firenze - REALIZZAZIONE DI UN NUOVO IMPIANTO DI RECUPERO DI ENERGIA DA INCENERIMENTO DI RIFIUTI NON PERICOLOSI DA REALIZZARSI IN COMUNE DI SESTO FIORENTINO (FI), LOCALITÀ CASE PASSERINI.
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Crowdfunding campaign - "Che Aria Tira?" for the home building of air quality control units to place over the Florence area and to exchange with other environmental movements.
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Media Links

Moms against incinerator
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Banners in Florence against the incinerator
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Other Documents

Inceneritore Case Passerini - Project
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Protest in Florence 2
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Protest in Florence
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Meta Information
ContributorLorenzo Ciacciavicca, dis.forme, [email protected]
Last update14/08/2016
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