In 2011 AmCham created the Sustainability Committee, a group of American and Italian companies whose aim was promoting the idea that Sustainability is not only a tool for managing environmental impacts but also a strategic leverage for companies and countries to boost economic growth. Since then the Committee focused on themes such as energy policy, energy efficiency, industrial policy, climate change, and sustainable management.
In 2012 the Committee published – with the support and the contribution of the U.S. Ambassador to Italy, David H. Thorne and the Italian Ministry of Environment - a collection of best practices from its members entitled Sustainable Excellences, an overview of business cases where member companies showed how they embed sustainability in their daily activity from different standpoints: environmental, social, financial, and on the workplace.
Drawing on the interest raised by the publication of Sustainable Excellences, the Committee - under the leadership of the Chairman Fabio Benasso, Ceo at Accenture, and the Executive Secretary Alessandro Bruggia, Communication, Sustainability & Key Account Leader 3M Italia - decided to continue promoting the concept of Sustainability. The focus is on Sustainable Technologies, as a concrete example of how sustainability can contribute to develop distinctive competitive advantages and being a source of growth for both companies and countries.
In this report member companies present a set of Sustainable Technologies - products, services, solutions, technologies, etc. – selected according to two main drivers: innovation, where innovation stands for the identification of a new and impactful way to solve old and new problems, and novelty, meaning solutions which are still not very well-known (in a premarket phase or recently presented). All the solutions represent concrete ways to cope with the need of structural innovation in the field of Sustainability in Italy . According to this approach, we have clustered the solutions across four “Impact areas” – Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency, Building & Constructions, Agriculture & Nutrition, and Transportation - each representing a key Sustainability challenge that can be solved with the contribution and adoption of Sustainable Technologies.