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Press release n. 12 of the 09/11/2020 10.05.11 ( download )

The government has invested over 12 billion to make local public transport more sustainable and quality. This was stated by the Minister of Transport Paola De Micheli, who spoke this afternoon at a webinar of the Key Energy Digital Edition of Italian Exhibition Group dedicated to electric mobility. There are two main items in support for LPT: creation of new lines dedicated to fast mass transport and the purchase of low-polluting, mainly electric, buses. ´These resources are central to initiating a change in travel - said the minister, but to really make an impact it will be necessary to identify a new organizational model of mobility in cities´. ´The LPT crisis is also highlighted by data from the CNEL, according to which in the last year we have seen a return to travel by car in our country to the detriment of public transport´. During the meeting Dino Marcozzi, general secretary of Motus-e, who organized the meeting with Kyoto Club, said that 450 thousand electric cars will circulate in Italy by 2025 and about one million by 2030, while the There are 16,600 recharging points installed today (with over 8,500 electric columns), and a forecast of over 130,000 recharging points in ten years. For recharging infrastructures in our country, the issue today is that of territorial diffusion, given that only in the North there are more than half (56%) with large areas completely devoid of columns. For Anna Donati (Kyoto Club), ´cities must be protagonists of green change, given that two thirds of our country´s mobility takes place precisely in urban centers´.

´The Superbonus calls the entire production chain to its responsibilities. Quality and professionalism are the tools we have at our disposal to achieve the objectives in terms of lower consumption and reduced polluting emissions ´. This was stated by Undersecretary to the Prime Minister Riccardo Fraccaro, who spoke this morning at the meeting ´Finance for Energy Efficiency: Superbonus 110% a new opportunity´, organized within IEG´s Key Energy Digital Edition and curated by FederESCO. As is known, the provision will expire in 2021; a period of time considered by all operators too limited to be able to conclude the interventions, given the forecasts on the volume of applications. Fraccaro spoke of the government´s ongoing effort to reach an extension of the provision until 2023 or 2024. ´Everyone is asking for it: banks, builders, municipalities and environmentalists - concludes Fraccaro -, but a precise decision will have to pass through the approval of Italian proposals to be submitted to the Recovery Fund, whose detailed plan has yet to be concluded ´.

Solar photovoltaics will be one of the key players in the energy transition in Europe and in the world. This is confirmed by data from SolarPower Europe, the largest European solar association, disclosed today to Key Energy Digital Edition during the meeting organized by Elettricità Futura. Global data shows that the share of energy produced by solar has doubled in 16 years and that forecasts are for strong growth also in 2021, despite the pandemic. Supporting the growth target of 30% by 2030 is the enormous opportunity deriving from the Recovery Fund. Alongside the rosy forecasts, however, there are also open critical issues, such as those related to the permitting issue. In this regard, SolarPower Europe has announced a proposal, which will be sent to the European Commission, on the identification of a series of guidelines that can simplify authorizations for the construction of plants.

Street lighting plays a key role in the safety and quality of life in urban areas, but from the point of view of the energy consumption of cities it represents a significant share: in fact, the data from the ´Covenant of Mayors´ show that the 90 million European public street lamps in operation add up to more than 50% of public energy consumption and 60% of the related costs. It is one of the data presented this morning at Key Energy Digital Edition 2020 during the presentation of the experimental project Life-Diademe: an innovative system dedicated to the development of Smart Cities, declined in terms of distributed adaptive regulation of the luminous flux of Public Lighting in time real and environmental data collection. The system, whose project was funded by the European Union, simultaneously provides a correct level of lighting and the acquisition, through a neural network of 1000 sensors, of data relating to traffic, environmental noise and the level of pollutants in the three installation sites: Rome, Rimini and Piacenza. Unregulated lighting - it has been said - contributes not only to energy consumption, but also to an increase in light pollution. This phenomenon attaches to the brightness of the sky, due to the light scattering of the moon and stars, the light diffused upwards by human activities and reflected by the molecules, particles of dust that make up the atmosphere.

The question of a new and more important development of photovoltaics also in the agricultural sector, with the full involvement of companies in the sector, was at the center of the conference ´Renewable sources and agricultural businesses: a possible marriage´ organized today at Key Energy Digital Edition by Free coordination. The works were chaired and opened by GB Zorzoli, who recalled that the center of attention is the need and possibility of building photovoltaic systems on agricultural plots. ´A work that lasted almost a year ends - he said - and is marked by the ability of all the actors involved to listen to the reasons of others´. Marino Berton, of the Free Coordination, in his introductory report stressed that ´climate change requires everyone to reflect deeply on the issue, also with regard to the inclusion of energy structures in the agricultural landscape: the agricultural landscape is not static, it evolves as the fruit of man´s work. A plurality of interventions will be required to reach the 2030 photovoltaic objectives, including those in the agricultural sector ´. ´We tried - he added - to articulate a reasoning without blinders and keeping our feet on the ground. The development of photovoltaics in agriculture is faced with several ideas: the roofing of buildings, on which there should be agreement; the development of agro-photovoltaic, which integrates the real cultivation of the land with the production of energy and, finally, the photovoltaic on the ground, which has pain points ´. Filippo Gallinella, President of the Agriculture Commission of the Chamber, recalled instead that ´in Italy the agricultural sector produces 7% of emissions, reabsorbing 6%: it is a sector that, therefore, cleans up its own emissions by itself. Of course, the proposal to incentivize the sector - which is also a voice in the bill - sees everyone in agreement, in particular with regard to photovoltaic roofs for agricultural buildings. Agrifotovoltaics, on the other hand, are more problematic; finally, the use of agricultural land for the production of photovoltaics is really the last card to play ´.

The implementation of the Milleproroghe Decree makes it possible to experiment and build the first energy communities in our country. This is what emerged in the afternoon at the Key Energy Digital Edition 2020 webinar organized by Legambiente and ITALIA SOLARE, during which the two associations asked the government to guarantee a transparent and public comparison on the objectives that they want to pursue with the implementation of the Directive 2018/2001 / EU, which promotes renewable communities in every part of Italy. The potential is enormous in a country like ours, with positive repercussions both from an industrial, energy and environmental point of view linked to the possibility of self-producing and sharing energy produced from renewable sources, of creating efficient storage systems and integration of mobility. electric. The implementation of the Renewables Directive will have to provide the tools to guarantee renewable energy production in line with the decarbonisation objectives and to ensure that the investments made for this production are sustainable from an environmental and economic point of view, that create development and employment at local level and give the most widespread benefits. ´The configurations of energy communities, individual and collective self-consumption - explains the vice-president of Legambiente Edoardo Zanchini - can become an extraordinary opportunity both in the urban environment, in neighborhoods and condominiums, both in production districts and in agricultural and peri-urban areas. If we consider the million of apartment complexes that exist in our country, the over 140 industrial districts, a thousand of shopping centers and outlets, the artisanal areas in the municipalities and agricultural areas, we can estimate a potential of about 40 GW of solar photovoltaic that can be installed with this model. . For this reason, together with ITALIA SOLARE, we ask to speed up the transposition of the directive, so that energy communities can become a pillar of the sustainable relaunch of the Italian economy after Covid ´. ´Energy communities - adds Paolo Rocco Viscontini, president of ITALIA SOLARE - represent not only an opportunity for a significant contribution to the increasingly urgent decarbonization, but also a way to bring citizens closer to the world of energy and in particular to the energy markets. ´energy, which need substantial revisions to allow for ever cleaner and more affordable energy ´.

ENGIE Italia will launch more than 20 new energy efficiency projects together with the Marcegaglia group aimed at reducing energy consumption and costs by at least 10% over the next three years. The announcement is part of the Key Energy Digital Edition 2020 afternoon talk ´Making energy efficiency in the industrial and tertiary sectors: six stories to guide change´. The new projects, which are part of an Energy Efficiency Management program commissioned by Marcegaglia and supported by ENGIE Italia, are added to the two cogeneration plants currently under construction at the Gazoldo degli Ippoliti (Mantua) and Ravenna plants. Plants that, once completed, will be able to supply 100% of thermal energy and 80% of electricity, necessary for the production of the two production sites, with a saving on the bill of 25% and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere 30%. The new projects will fully cover the most energy-intensive areas of the plants, from the production process to auxiliary systems. They will leverage on some already consolidated technologies (LED lighting, high efficiency engines, photovoltaic systems, recovery and valorization solutions of thermal waste), as well as on more innovative and challenging solutions such as gas turboexpansion, ORC systems, oxygen combustion, electrolysis for the production of green hydrogen and ´data-driven´ initiatives. Approximately 15 million will be invested in their construction, in addition to the 50 million already planned for the two cogeneration plants: a total investment of 65 million euros, which is part of the competitive strengthening plan of the Marcegaglia Group which, together with ENGIE, sees energy efficiency as a driver for achieving economic performance with a positive environmental impact.