Sesto San Giovanni


Located in the suburbs of Milan, in the Lombardia region, in northern Italy, Sesto San Giovanni is a town with a long-standing industrial tradition that has left its mark on the territory. The city is currently host to the Biopiattaforma, an internal project promoted by Group CAP to transform the waste-to-energy and wastewater treatment plants into a bioplatform dedicated to a carbon-neutral circular economy. The CIRCULAR BIOCARBON biorefinery will sit within the already existing Bioplatform. 


Following public consultations which started in 2016, construction of the biorefinery in Italy will start in 2022 with the reconversion of two biodigesters in the already existing thermal-valorisation plant and the wastewater treatment plant, in Sesto San Giovanni and managed by CAP.


Why Sesto San Giovanni?

The area of Sesto San Giovanni was chosen for the Bioplatform after studies in different areas, environmental assessments and discussions with key stakeholders.

The Bioplatform in San Sesto Giovanni is a waste-to-energy plant for sewage sludge (SS) and for the transformation of wet municipal waste into biomethane, that combines waste disposal and water purification. The project is innovative in Italy due to the industrial symbiosis between the current thermo-valorisation plant and the wastewater treatment plant  and the three productive activities: sewage purification, valorization of SS and disposal of organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW). 


Construction of the biorefinery will have a minimal impact on the area on account of the reduction of odours and emissions, the reuse of matter, and the production of clean energy. The new plant will not only reduce GHG emissions by 80% compared to annual values but will allow plans for continuous monitoring of air, water and some health aspects agreed with the citizens who participated in public consultations.

At the end of the project, a commercial-scale biorefinery will be in full operation, treating 30,000 tons/year of wet waste and serving the five municipalities in the Region: Sesto San Giovanni, Pioltello, Cormano, Segrate, Cologno Monzese.


How to get in touch?

Marco Bernardi
Resarch, Innovation and Industrialization Manager
R&D Division

Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking
Bio Based Industries Consortium
European Union

This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 101023280. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.