The bad Italian "Green Economy"

The data of the green economy Italians are scary, just think that on petrol, Italians pay excise taxes that go back to events that occurred 77 years ago! The energy sector is booming, especially when it comes to renewable. Coal sources should be destined to disappear in the coming decades. Despite the premises embraced by the whole globe, Italy cuts the incentives on renewable to the detriment of citizens and businesses.

The lack of an industrial plan in the sector of renewables in Italy causes damage to businesses and citizens, not to mention damage to the environment. In Europe, as in Asia and the US, we are seeing a race towards renewable, so as to break the dependence on fossil fuels and therefore on exporting countries. In Italy this race is slow and timid, especially in view of the 5th Energy Bill, an incentive plan being defined by the Government.

WWF launches an appeal: "The incentives for renewables must be maintained and modulated on the need to cut (up to complete elimination) CO2 emissions and to develop the economy of the future, that is the 'Green Economy", In Italy, certainly not on the need to plug the gaps in a distorted energy system based on fossil fuels"

Among designers, technicians and panel installers, solar is a sector that guarantees high employment rates, as is wind power. The panorama of renewable in Germany it has very high figures, 340 thousand employees in the sector renewable against 50,000 workers in coal and, in Germany, coal is the traditional basis of the economy and energy production.

In Italy too, we must focus on the Green Economy but the uncertainties surrounding the field are too many renewables in Italy: there is no well-defined energy plan, bureaucratic slowness that in some places in Italy touches the absurd, just think that in Puglia it is since 2006 that attempts have been made to build a wind farm.

Italian politics should play its part. When it comes to renewable citizens often fear further increases in their bills, but the increase is a false problem, the economic benefits of well-defined energy plans that focus on green economy and energy efficiency are higher, especially considering the current excise duties on oil. WWF reminds that the Italians still pay compensation for the cucleare closed 25 years ago and also pay the excise duty on petrol for the 1935 Abyssinian war!

Now more than ever it is important to encourage true industrial development linked to Green Economy, modulate incentives so as to guarantee the best technologies and systems that can represent a concrete advantage for the economy of citizens and the country. Not to mention the environmental benefits that will ensue.

edited by Anna De Simone

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