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COP21; Together to face the climate change


COP21, a milestone for the future of all of us.

 COP 21 Conference was held from November 30th to December 12th at the “Le Bourget Exhibition Centre”, Paris.

After two weeks of negotiations among representatives from 195 countries, an important agreement has been signed to face the relentless climate change in the next future.

A set of guidelines were agreed to help reduce greenhouse emissions by 2020 and to allocate financial resources in order to prevent disasters and flooding due to climate change.

Among the measures aiming at reducing CO2 emissions included in the final agreement, a financing agenda for developing countries worth 100 billion dollars a year has been approved.

One of the most critical issues is the relentless rise of sea levels in the coming years. Miles and miles of shorelines will require sustainable, reliable, disaster-proof coastal protection infrastructures and erosion control works.

Finding possible solutions and an overall agreement to face the costal erosion have been one of the main purposes of COP21. Huge investments will be necessary for the sake of coastal protection and erosion control.

Maccaferri, with its specific know-how in erosion control applications, aims at contributing to achieve this milestone: reducing coastal erosion issues. Not only coasts affected by these changes; increasingly severe weather events require more robust erosion protection, hydraulic works and retaining walls than ever before.

Environmental protection has been a corporate goal since Maccaferri first offered hydraulic works  and erosion protection solutions, starting over 100 years ago.

“For quite some time now, sustainably and environmental concerns are challenges the Italian industrial groups have consistently become acquainted with, as they are seen as major opportunities to help protecting the planet rather than posing threats and limitations to the industry.”

This is what Gaetano Maccaferri, President of Maccaferri Group’s holding company, SECI, and Vice-president of the Environmental Issues Department of Italy’s industrial association, Confindustria, stated about the “readiness” of Italian companies with respect to the Paris final agreement.


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