Greenway Group Srl launches the Climate Change Study Centre

Greenway Group Srl launches the Climate Change Study Centre

Greenway Group Srl, the holding company owned by the Molinari’s family, that owns Ecogest SpA — leader company in the sector of maintenance of roadside vegetation along roads and motorways in Italy — is setting up a Climate Change Study Centre (CCSC). The project consists in analysing the profound and disruptive nature of climate change and its impact on the state of conservation of transport infrastructure.

The Study Centre will make available to the scientific community the multi-year experience of its members, not only by analysing the current situation, but also by seeking the best solutions to be implemented urgently, so that the existing effects do not become systematic.

The CCSC’s main focus will be on issues related to infrastructure, increasingly damaged by climate change all over the world. In the case of Italy, this goes along with the necessity to look into the hydrogeological instability of its territory, causing landslides and unfortunately a high number of victims. Poor choices in terms of land use planning – only add to this already difficult scenario. Entire urbanised areas and main roads are currently exposed to landslides, floods and therefore to risk.

Facing such a change with ordinary tools or looking at the past, without having the ability to imagine new scenarios and solutions, means marching towards failure. Research is necessary, along with the exchange of international experiences. There is also a need for renewed skills, able to summarise correctly the innovations resulting from scientific studies and analyses, and the indispensable contribution of professional expertise and the invaluable experience of those who have been working in the field for decades. By doing so, optimal infrastructure conditions can be preserved, and every maintenance scheme can keep up with the times, with the renewed needs and with the impending consequences of climate change, that is already having devastating effects.

The Climate Change Study Center will provide useful information both in matters of maintenance of roadside vegetation and developments of new project proposals, promote the exchange of good practices between experts in the field and end users, propose project initiatives and research and development activities on issues relevant to the project.

The goal is to commonly face the economic crisis with the ability to innovate, understand the evolving nature and develop new and revolutionary methodologies. To achieve this, the CCSC cannot operate without a synergetic relationship with the academic community. In its final developments, in fact, the initiative foresees the concrete possibility to finance a post graduate program in order to involve young professionals in finding new solutions for future scenarios.

CLIMATE CHANGE STUDY CENTRE (CCSC) 

Promoted by Greenway Group Srl 

Mail: ccsc@greenwaygroupsrl.com 

Tel: +39 0545 287755 

Contact person: Paula Poniatowska 

Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
 
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
  
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.