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Industrial areas are often growth poles that focus their attention and concentrate their actions towards the combination of productive efficiency and profit maximization, often without considering the environment they operate in. The environment, being the delicate mix between natural elements and artificial ones, means not only resources but also landscape, society, and economy.

SEPA concept is therefore the integration of industry into environment by balancing economic criteria and sustainability. Cooperation among operators and sharing of joint solutions for the environmental impact reduction is proposed through SEPA as a new management model of attractive and accessible growth areas.

Within the framework of relevant European strategies (Lisbon, Gothenburg) and according to EMS/EMAS standards, SEPA concept proposes a multi-dimension approach for guaranteeing the latest balanced development goals.


SEPA aims at raising the awareness of public and private sector about the impact of productive areas on the environment and proposes viable solutions for the adoption of new development models. Such models have to be tailored by screening all the aspects of the day-by-day  life of the productive areas both from an economic and a social point of view.

The productive area is therefore not only the gathering of firms and equipments but it is animated by a social dimension.


The specific goals of SEPA are:

  • the achievement of a shared management methodology tailored on the specific pilot areas;
  • the setting up of tools and procedures for the creation and management of a productive area in a sustainable way;
  • the implementation of SEPA model by integrating economic efficiency, environmental, social and cultural concerns;
  • the creation of economic advantages to tenants through scale economies by the use of centralized infrastructure and services;
  • the improvement of the general quality of life in the territories interested by the localization of SEPA areas.



The planned activities of the Project include the analysis of industrial zones, greenfields or brownfields,  within the territories of the partners through the organization of consultations with the main stakeholders being regional or local governments, chambers of commerce, industrial consortiums, trade unions, etc. Such consultations are aimed at the selection of the areas where the pilot activities are implemented.

The selection of the pilot areas is supported by specific guidelines containing the minimum requirements to be fulfilled for the implementation of the SEPA model. Training sessions are foreseen for sharing management models and tools.

The SEPA model is planned to be organized within the selected areas through the results of pre – feasibility and feasibility studies which are carried on for the individuation of specific organizational and investment needs.

The technical activities culminate with an international seminar where potential investors are informed about the development potential of the areas and selected for investment evaluation.