Lot has been said on the ability of the Italian industrial districts to provide an advantage to the companies that compose it in terms of innovative capacity, flexibility and productivity. In the context of this debate, this paper aims to discuss whether and how this potential can bring not only economic benefits but also environmental benefits. The agglomeration in a restricted area of production activities that insist on the same resources can lead to a worsening of the envi-ronmental situation compared to other territories; but also, to greater pressure from local stakeholders to reverse this trend, thus leading to more virtuous situations. In this scenario we present the context of Arzignano as an example of how a strong propensity for sustainability can be developed in an industrial district. Through the analysis of data on the level of pollu-tion of local businesses and considering the institutional activities developed by Acque del Chiampo Spa, the collective water treatment plant, we describe the eco-innovation activities introduced and the performances obtained, suggesting industrial districts’ potential as actors of change towards sustainability and the institutional context supporting this transition.
Keywords: Sustainability, Environment, Eco-innovation, industrial Districts, Tanning In-dustry, Wastewater Purification Plant
Jel Code: O32, O33
Jasmina Shehi, Valentina De Marchi, Eleonora Di Maria, Andrea Pellizzari, Mirco Zerlottin, Davide Beltrame, Environmental performance in the arzignano tanning industry: entrepreneurial initiatives and istitutional interventions in "ECONOMIA E SOCIETÀ REGIONALE " 1/2021, pp. 152-178, DOI:10.3280/ES2021-001012