Last update:
2016-08-14

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
Name of conflict:Incinerator of Florence, Italy
Country:Italy
State or province:Florence
Location of conflict:Sesto Fiorentino
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Waste privatisation conflicts / waste-picker access to waste
Incinerators
Specific commodities:Domestic municipal waste
Chemical products
E-waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

The 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

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Level of Investment:200,000,000
Type of populationUrban
Start of the conflict:01/01/2005
Company names or state enterprises:QUADRIFOGLIO 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 actors:Government of region of Tuscany
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Mamme NO Inceneritore
Legambiente
Zero Waste Italy
GAIA
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Industrial workers
Informal workers
International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Trade unions
Wastepickers, recyclers
Women
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Artistic 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 of the project
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-economical 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)
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (undecided)
Under negotiation
Development of alternatives:Zero Waste strategy - http://www.zerowasteitaly.org/
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:There are complaints and demonstrations in 2016 but the projects has not (yet) been stopped.
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Mamme NO Inceneritore, Alternative
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Gruppo Hera
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No Inceneritori campaign
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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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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Banners in Florence against the incinerator
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Moms against 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
Contributor:Lorenzo Ciacciavicca, dis.forme, [email protected]
Last update14/08/2016
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