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States General Green Economy: Efficiency and Energy Saving

The energy certification of buildings is essential for efficiency and energy saving

The 10 theses to start a virtuous road map through savings and efficiency have been discussed by theProgrammatic Assembly on Efficiency and Energy Saving. The assembly, which took place on Thursday 12 July at the Milan Chamber of Commerce, was the second of the preparatory appointments of States General of the Green Economy scheduled for 7 and 8 November next in Rimini, as part of Ecomondo. The States General of the Green Economythey are organized by the Ministry of the Environment and the Organizing Committee which includes 30 associations of green companies.

Energy intensity of Italy - he said Gianni Silvestrini, Director of Kyoto Club and coordinator of the working group onefficiency and savings, one of the 8 working groups created within the States General of the Green Economy - it is relatively low, but this virtuous position has seen only few improvements in the last twenty years, unlike most European countries which have instead significantly reduced the value of intensity. In Italy, despite the formulation of various plans forenergy efficiency not overly ambitious, so far there has been no comprehensive strategy on this front. The incentive policies adopted by governments have in some cases obtained interesting results, but they have been without coordination, without certainties and without a long-term horizon ”.

Here are the 10 stages of the road map towards Efficiency and Energy Saving

1) Increase and rationalize investments and incentives. Investments in the field ofefficiency they involve tens of thousands of national companies and bring an overall benefit from 50 to 500% higher than the costs borne by the state (in Germany a ratio of 1 to 5 between incentives and revenues has been evaluated).

2) Start a strong organizational link between all the associations of renewable energies and ofefficiency in order to dialogue more effectively with the Government.

3) Take into account, at a regulatory and incentive level, the synergies between renewable energies ed energy efficiency, destined to strengthen in sectors such as new construction ad high energy performance, the smart grids and the building requalifications.

4) Apply the new Directive onenergy efficiency which provides, among other things, a road map to 2050 for the redevelopment of the building stock and defines the obligation to intervene on 3% of government buildings every year (public construction spends 5 billion on energy with very high consumption). The 3% target could be extended to its assets by the more advanced provinces and regions; 10 exemplary construction sites must be started.

5) To define, starting from 2015, for new buildings and renovations, new maximum consumption thresholds of 20% lower than what is foreseen by the current regulations to prepare the construction sector at the deadline of 2021, when all new constructions they should be nearly zero energy.

6) Guaranteeing certainty over time to incentive tools such as tax deductions for energy requalifications - restoring 55% - and the continuation of the white certificates, the main weapon forefficiency which will allow an annual saving, by 2020, of 11-13 million tons of oil equivalent.

7) To restore strength, starting from serious checks, to the energy certification of buildings, a tool capable of transforming the market as has happened for household appliances in the last decade.

8) Support small industries not subject to the Emission Trading Directive, which have difficulty identifying the advantages that can be obtained with interventions efficiency, through incentives to start energy audits.

9) Improve theefficiency of electrical uses that have a double dividend: in Europe, with strong interventions on the lighting front, 28 billion could be saved and the construction of dozens of new power plants could be avoided.

10) To stimulate innovative solutions to finance the interventions of efficiency (exceptions to the stability pact for local authorities that undertake this path, third-party financing, revolving funds, Energy performance contract, Esco enhancement, etc.).

Edited byMichele Ciceri

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