Green and Blue Growth

Research Institute for Green and Blue Growth

Environmental technology and green economy

Enabling the uptake of climate information and services in real decision-making processes and finding resilient and efficient alternatives to our fossil-based economy are among the key challenges of our society.
Among the strategies currently explored are: the development of nature-based solutions aimed at improving resource and energy efficiency, the sustainable use of key enabling technologies including nanotechnologies, and the promotion of sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors (so-called blue growth).

Only a holistic approach that blends environmental sciences with geopolitical and economical studies can  develop effective mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change and other environmental challenges.


Adaptation and resilience, Bio-economy, Blue economy, Blue growth, Circular economy, Decarbonisation, Green economy, Nanotechnologies, Nature-based solutions, Raw materials, Resource efficiency, Smart cities and communities, Sustainable growth, Sustainable company law, Systemic innovation


Gabriella Buffa
Cristina Cavinato

Research facilitator

Lara Lamon
Carole Maignan


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High-impact and award-winning projects

Sustainable fish production under climate change

Ca’ Foscari scholars are involved in the ClimeFish project, Co-creating a Decision Support Framework to ensure sustainable fish production in Europe under climate change.
ClimeFish is a Horizon 2020 project, which involves 21 academic and non­academic partners from all over Europe and focuses on marine and freshwater fisheries and aquaculture, It aims to forecast effects of climate changes at the species and ecosystem level, creating responsive management schemes, and delivering a decision support framework co­created with stakeholders.

Researcher: Fabio Pranovi
Duration: 01/04/2016 - 30/03/2020

Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment

Ca’ Foscari researchers are involved in the Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment ­NANOFASE Horizon 2020 project (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies).
Progress is needed in the prediction of environmental distribution, concentration and form (speciation) of nanomaterials, to allow early assessment of potential environmental and human exposure and risks, to facilitate safe product design and to include these aspects in nano regulation.

Researcher: Antonio Marcomini
Duration: 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2019

Sea grass recolonization in the venetian Lagoon

SERESTO - SEagrass RESTOration, Funded by LIFE programme: this project aims to trigger a process of aquatic angiosperm recolonization in the environment “Northern Lagoon of Venice” environment, mainly through the transplantation of Zostera marina and Nanozostera noltii to small sites distributed throughout the area.
The technique, however, would also be suitable for large­scale application, in order to consolidate and restore the aquatic habitat and contribute to the achievement of a positive ecological status in transitional bodies of water.

Researcher: Adriano Sfriso
Duration: 01/01/2014 - 30/04/2018

Safe nanoscale product and process design

SUN – SUSTAINABLE NANOTECHNOLOGIES is a project funded by the FP7.
In the project are involved 35 partners from 13 EU countries.
The concept of SUN is to combine Risk Assessment and Lifecycle Assessment to develop a user­friendly, versatile software- based Decision Support System (DSS) for practical use by industries and regulators.
The industrial partners in the SUN consortium will evaluate and “reality­check” the DSS against real industrial case studies in terms of cost/benefit and insurance risk.
This validation will culminate in guidelines for safe nanoscale product and process design.

Researcher: Antonio Marcomini
Duration: 01/10/2013 - 01/04/2017