Pnrr resources are approaching for the new biodigestore Cermec

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Ciacci: “The project for plant conversion focuses on the integration between treatment and management of separate collections in a circular economy perspective, with the production of biomethane”

Over 121 thousand tons of waste managed in the last year, which led to an added value of about 14 million euros: this is the performance photographed by the 2021 Sustainability Report just published by Cermec, the company wholly owned by the Municipalities of Massa and Carrara dedicated to the circular economy.

Most of the value generated, emphasize the company, goes to the benefit of suppliers who receive more than 70%: a figure that generates positive effects also for the territory served, because in the face of a supplier registry with more than 800 registered subjects, 40% are from the province of Massa-Carrara.

But if this is the past, the new Sustainability Report serves to take a look at what Cermec is preparing to become. Today it is a plant center focused on the mechanical biological treatment (Tmb) of waste, composting and selection of dry fractions such as paper, plastic and woody packaging waste. The new Business Plan provides for more, starting with anaerobic digestion of organic waste to produce renewable energy such as biomethane.

To remember this are the words with which the sole director Alessio Ciacci opens the Sustainability Report, emphasizing how Cermec in 2021 has started a path for “a new important and ambitious business Plan, starting from the awareness that we are already a company able to make a positive contribution to sustainability in the territory, but that we can and want to do much more. The project for plant conversion focuses on the integration between treatment and management of separate collections in a circular economy perspective, with the production of biomethane”.

It is the result of the efforts put in place by Cermec even in the midst of the pandemic, committing itself to the start of the design of a new industrial plan based on the transformation of the current Tmb plant to make it more efficient both from an environmental and profitability point of view; above all, as already mentioned, the new industrial plan is based on the introduction of an anaerobic digestion plant, with the recovery of biogas and its upgrading to biomethane, and on the improvement of the subsequent aerobic composting phase, for the production of quality soil improvers.

An ambitious plan, also in terms of investments, given that the value of the project is estimated at about 37 million euros.

In more detail, the development project envisaged by the Industrial Plan foresees that a plant for the treatment of organic waste from separate collection (Forsu and green) with integrated anaerobic digestion technology with biomethane production and composting will be built in the Cermec pole; an aerobic composting section distinct from the previous one is enhanced and rationalized and dedicated to biological civil sewage sludge produced in the territory for obtaining composted sludge improver for agricultural purposes; the treatment of undifferentiated municipal waste (Rur) is discontinued transfer of the same waste to other field plants dedicated to the purpose; the current activities of selection, sorting and pressing of other types of waste such as paper, plastic and mixed packaging and wood are maintained (and technologically upgraded).

Just as the Budget was closing, the E ministero Ministry of Ecological Transition – today the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security – has published the ranking of the projects that can be admitted to Pnrr funding: the project proposed by Cermec and presented by Retiambiente is in an excellent position (25 a at national level, 5 al at the center and first in Tuscany), which “bodes well – observes Ciacci – in the possibility that the new plant will be financed in part consistent with Community resources”.

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