The Sustainability Report of "The Economy of Francesco - The Global Event" has been published

The Actions for the Custody of Creation implemented by Sisifo Società Benefit with the community of stakeholders at the Assisi event last September, avoided the production of 116 tonnes of CO2 equivalent

by Redazione



As the Bishop of Assisi and President of the Organising Committee, Monsignor Domenico Sorrentino, writes, “Economy of Francesco is serious!” and it also does so by thinking of an event with a low environmental impact. An event “not just of words, but of deeds, organised so that the parameters of ecological conversion would emerge in the very structuring of the event.” In fact, the Organising Committee entrusted Sisifo Società benefit with the task of making the event sustainable, considering sustainability an integral part of the organisational process.

The Report released today tells how the systems approach underpins the sustainability of any human activity. “Thanks to the clear will of the EoF organising committee,” says Giuseppe Lanzi, CEO of Sisifo, “we were able to enter into all phases of the organisation within the assigned scope of analysis, proposing less impactful solutions in all sectors thanks to the collaboration with the numerous Community of Value Bearers from the worlds of Circular Economy and Ethical Finance.

The report describes the entire Care for Creation process at the Assisi event, whose Carbon Footprint is attached. The most striking fact is that the Actions for the Custody of Creation implemented avoided the production of 116 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, down from an estimated 143 tonnes with standard solutions, to less than 28 tonnes actually produced.
The data, meticulously collected at all stages of the event, from planning to realisation, and subsequently re-processed thanks to the collaboration of the French MÉRIEUX NUTRISCIENCES Group (ECAMRICERT division) according to a forecasting calculation model compliant with the rules of the international organisation IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change), made it possible to measure the event’s climate-changing emissions in tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
In fact, the Impact Report also demonstrates how ‘a critical and prudent consumption of resources, up to the promotion of a circular economic system that enhances the value of matter and encourages its reuse’, Giuseppe Lanzi continues, ‘are possible and concrete actions to reduce anthropic pressure on the environment, society and economy‘.

Carbon footprint analysis seems to be a very rare practice in the world of church events and the hope is that this report will be useful to those who want to take a cue from it to achieve even better results. The Assisi results were made possible by the organising committee‘s awareness of the urgency of the ‘ecological conversion’ called for by Pope Francis.

Sisifo agreed to design and implement the sustainability plan as part of its ‘common benefit purpose’ activities in accordance with its status as a Benefit Corporation. In doing so, it actively involved numerous stakeholders without whom nothing would have been possible.

The Actions for the Custody of Creation that Sisifo Società Benefit designed and implemented with this network involved the areas of fittings, reduction of single-use plastic materials and waste separation.
Particular attention was also given to catering, not only to limit its environmental impact, but also by preferring raw materials that came from the earthquake crater in Umbria, that were mainly from organic farming or that came from companies working on property confiscated from organised crime. It is also a source of pride that no meal was thrown away, due to both the prudent management of production upstream and the subsequent relocation of leftover meals to the poorer segments of the population.

Giuseppe Lanzi, asked to comment on these encouraging data, said: “The results illustrated in the carbon footprint report of The Economy of Francesco are an important confirmation of the quality of the planning and implementation of the Actions for the Custody of Creation that were activated during the event. The hope is that this experience can serve as a reference model for all church events and beyond, as an implementation of the principles of integral ecology in response to the climate and environmental emergency we are facing”.

Go to The Ecology of Francesco page and download the report

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