Emiliano Cerluini

Emiliano Cerluini

Rome. End-of-life vehicles ready for shredding and sorting treatments. Metal recycling is indispensable to reach EU’s climate neutrality objectives by 2050 (EU Green Deal) and shifting from a linear to a circular economy. Metals can be indefinitely recycled and for this reason they play a key role in Europe’s sustainable transition. Metal recycling, is not only the most resource efficient option but also the most climate and energy efficient route when compared to the production of metals using primary raw materials. Using steel scrap in the production process reduces CO2 emissions by 58%; Recycling steel saves 72% of the energy needed for primary production; Recycling one ton of steel saves 1.4 tons of iron ore, 0.8 tons of coal, 0.3 tons of limestone and additives, and 1.67 tons of CO2; Using recycled steel to make new steel reduces air pollution by 86%, water use by 40%, and water pollution by 76%.


Born in Rome in 1977. An environmental engineer who has devoted himself to photography by focusing on issues involving nature and the environment. In 2019, for the “Scrap” project, he started to document the industry for recycling scrap metal, a strategically important industry from a circular economy and sustainability standpoint. In addition to the book of the same name, a selection of photos from the project was exhibited in 2022 at an exhibition held at the Sapienza University in Rome, under the title “Urban Metal Mining - Industrial Visions of the Circular Economy”.

Emiliano Cerluini