The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, inaugurated the 5th edition of Circular Economy Hotspot 2021, an event that, he affirmed, “will allow us to show innovative, courageous and disruptive initiatives and projects” that are being carried out in Catalonia, because “our ambition is to become a benchmark country in the circular economy”. This annual celebration that brings together public representatives and intersectoral companies from Europe and around the world took place in Barcelona from November 15th to the 18th. The Circular Economy Hotspot has already been held previously in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Scotland, and Belgium, with the aim of sharing experiences and strategies on circular economy. The people who participate, about 300, are part of the main European actors involved in the transformation of the current economic and productive model.
Catalonia, the host of this new edition of the Circular Economy Hotspot, has some 400 companies that currently offer circular solutions, of which half export worldwide. During the day and a half of the organized itineraries, some of these initiatives were explored, as well as I+D+I projects, government and successful collaborations.
SERHS Food participated as one of the centers visited in the food sector, which also included Mercabarna, Celler Raimat, IRTA, among other centers of interest. Specifically, the delegation of about 25 professionals visited the facilities of the High-Performance Kitchen (CAR) in Mataró, where the environmental benefits of the activity were shown.
Raimon Bagó, general director of SERHS Food, presented the environmental indicators of the CAR as a sustainable option versus a kitchen in a restaurant, made at home or in a community such as a school. Based on energy consumption, carbon footprint (CO2), waste reduction, packaging or management of local suppliers and logistics distribution, among others, the High-Performance Kitchen objectively presents, based on measurable data, the best environmental option for the preparation of cooked dishes. For the analysis of the data and indicators, we have had the collaboration of Inèdit, a leading company in the sector that was born at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, pioneers in industrial ecology and 12 years of experience and more than 300 national and international clients.
The celebration of this event in Catalonia reinforces the Catalonia Circular hub, a meeting point for companies, institutions and people who provide solutions and strategies to implement and consolidate the circular economy in Catalonia.