It’s only in the last few years that there has been interest in the agroenergy districts in Italy: in 2011, the districts were only nine, one of which was in Sicily. This was the case even though Sicily is the Italian region with the highest amount of biomass that can potentially be used for energy purposes. In fact, several initiatives have been undertaken to enhance this potential: the Fi.Sic.A. project with headquarters in Enna; the biodiesel production in the Syracuse area; the bioethanol production in the Trapani area, the biogas production in Catania, the consortium of the Sicanian Mountains area; etc. In the Sicilian economic framework, the agriculture of the territories in the province of Messina plays a modest role, except for the production of olives, citrus and hazelnuts. However, in recent years, these productions have experienced a slow but steady decline. This has forced agricultural producers to increase their efforts in order to ward off the crisis in employment and possible hydro-geological risks. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the possibility of an intra-sectorial integration of several small firms with the aim of realizing a single large pole, based on a district logic, that can start a profitable bio-fuel production.

Development of a plan for the integration of Sicilian agrifood firms according to a bio-energy district logic. Evaluation of possible applications in the Messina area

CHIRICOSTA, Salvatore;SAIJA, Giuseppe;
2012

Abstract

It’s only in the last few years that there has been interest in the agroenergy districts in Italy: in 2011, the districts were only nine, one of which was in Sicily. This was the case even though Sicily is the Italian region with the highest amount of biomass that can potentially be used for energy purposes. In fact, several initiatives have been undertaken to enhance this potential: the Fi.Sic.A. project with headquarters in Enna; the biodiesel production in the Syracuse area; the bioethanol production in the Trapani area, the biogas production in Catania, the consortium of the Sicanian Mountains area; etc. In the Sicilian economic framework, the agriculture of the territories in the province of Messina plays a modest role, except for the production of olives, citrus and hazelnuts. However, in recent years, these productions have experienced a slow but steady decline. This has forced agricultural producers to increase their efforts in order to ward off the crisis in employment and possible hydro-geological risks. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the possibility of an intra-sectorial integration of several small firms with the aim of realizing a single large pole, based on a district logic, that can start a profitable bio-fuel production.
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