National Energy Strategy: expecting news on renewables and climate
by Cristiano Ghidotti from GreenStyle.it
Still a few days and the Ministry of Economic Development will officially present the new National Energy Strategy, a document that will present a general programme of energy policies. At the same time, the Ministry of the Environment works on the definition of the Energy Climate Strategy, which will include measures to be implemented to ensure environmental sustainability of production and supply activities.
Two different paths that will converge. Waiting for the NES and the ECS to be analyzed in every detail, it is of particular interest the reflection on the pages of QualEnergia portal by Gianni Silvestrini, Kyoto Club scientific director and president of the Green Building Council of Italy, as well as the FREE Coordination.
According to his point of view, Italy should also consider a synergy between the two ministries aimed at achieving a unified target as they have already made other European Countries, starting from Germany.
In any case, intermediate steps will be set, which will meet the targets for 2030 and, even more far-sighted, those of the European Low Carbon Economy 2050 plan, which aims, over the next three decades, at reducing by 80% the emissions of greenhouse gases with respect to the early 1990s.
Requalification of urban areas, through the implementation of initiatives, among which the definition of new tax deductions, will be one option. It will also be necessary to focus on efficiency, on the reorganization of the productive sector and on raising awareness in the community: educating citizens on sustainable practices is a decisive step towards a future where the theme of decarbonisation will become a far-away and unpleasant memory.
Obviously, an important role will be played by renewable sources: our country has already proven to be ready to accept the challenge, focusing mainly on photovoltaics and wind. A further fall in prices for plant installation and increased efficiency of PV modules will help speed up a process of evolution in the energy sector already under way for several years.
The emergence of reliable and affordable energy storage systems (primary batteries), the imminent boom of electric mobility and the experimentation of innovative high-performance systems such as those related to the Vehicle-to-Grid segment (V2G) will do the rest. The task of promoting the transition to a more sustainable future will, however, inevitably be up to the institutions: a hope is that a first step in the right direction can already be achieved by defining the new National Energy Strategy.