2015 saw a 36% increase of companies turning to green, and the new "green trend" definately had a positive impact on the whole economic system. In fact, green economy has contributed a 10,3% added value as well as providing 2 million and 942 thousands green jobs, corresponding to 13,2% of total occupation. In particular, 14.9 % of 2015 hiring will be in this sector, being 4% more compared to 2009. Undoubtedly, Italian occupation is converting to green, having 51% of Italian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with at least one "green position".
Ermete Realacci - President of Symbola Foundation - stressed the importance of the green spread as the right direction Italy needs to undertake in order to fit into the sustainability trend the international community is embracing. Furthermore, Mr Realacci stated that "aiming at 'green', Made in Itay was able to achieve the right mixture between tradition, innovation and competitiveness".
The 2015 report also shows how green companies perform better on international markets. In fact, their exports are 18.9% compared to the 10.7% of the "non-green ones". By the same token, green companies are more innovative than others, having 21.9% of them developing new products and services. Conversely, only 9.9% "non-green" has demonstrated innovative skills.
Last but not least, Italian green companies are European leaders in industrial recycle. In 2015, 25 tones of waste were transformed, having the most significant amount of all European countries.