Marco Valussi

Environmental and Economic Sustainability of Essential Oil Production Chains

In this presentation, I intend to highlight what in my opinion are the critical sustainability points in the essential oil production chain, and to propose some possible solutions. If I were to isolate the most important aspect that need to be improved upon, I’d mention: the exploitation of endangered species, environmental sustainability of wild collection, the carbon footprint of distillation, circular economy and the reduction of waste, social sustainability and social equity in developing countries.

I’ve been working with medicinal and aromatic plants for 25 years now. I teach about them at various Master’s Degrees in Italy, I write about them both in professional and scientific publications ( ), and I consult about them. I gained my BSc. (Hons.) in Herbal Medicine in London in 1998, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from ITHMA in 1995. I am currently the production manager and scientific director of the Company Magnifica Essenza, in the heart of the Dolomites in Val di Fiemme, a local, short production chain for high-quality artisan essential oils and aromatic waters. I’m also involved in a second project, whose aim is improving Nepal’s essential oils production chain in order to create long-term economic support, by raising the standards in order to meet EU and US market demands.

  • Diploma in Swedish Massage (1992, Verona, Italy)
  • Diploma in Aromatherapy and Bodywork from ITHMA (1995, London, UK)
  • BSc. (Hons.)
  • Herbal Medicine from Middlesex University (1998, London, UK)

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