Enlit Europe - The Guide: Season 3 June 2021 - A Just Transition - Page 27

It is a view that Cingolani has highlighted several times while also complaining about excessive bureaucratic burdens when granting permits for new plants and assuring that he will provide solutions to cut red tape .

So what is the formula that Italy is developing ? Certainly , distributed generation , energy communities , and the wider distribution of electric vehicle charging stations are the technologies that will significantly develop in the near future .
The national gas transmission network is also working on obtaining certification for the distribution of green hydrogen alongside existing activities involving biomethane and biogas .
However , most of all , a holistic vision is needed that brings technologies closer together and makes them interchangeable , based on the features of the area and the needs of the community .
A good example would be enhancing a proper closed-loop geothermal system where geographically possible , and exploiting the cogeneration potential of industrial parks with district heating .
For the time being , such measures stay far from the National Action Plan . Yet , taboos in the tech sector can be counterproductive to a successful ecological transition .
It is therefore necessary to take measures to promote energy saving , sustainability , a reduction in emissions and the recovery of primary materials and the natural ingredients of soils .
I am referring to not only just a biogas matrix , but also the collection of organic waste which is an excellent nutrient for soil fertility .
Moreover , we cannot think of facing the sustainability challenge without innovative , biodegradable and recyclable materials . The choice of sustainability is made in each and every sector , including construction , large infrastructures or daily consumable items .
It is no coincidence that a waste battery recycling centre will open in Italy . It will be dedicated to the regeneration of electric vehicle batteries , bearing in mind the expected impact that the electric car sector will soon have on mobility .
Digitization represents another great European and Italian challenge that we are preparing to tackle in a much more serious manner than the statements made in the past years . Nonetheless , it is still not very clear .
Issues such as energy poverty stay on the sidelines . In turn other countries , such as Portugal , are introducing them as key elements of their ecological transition policy . Italy also pays attention to this element , but it is still only ancillary to other aspects .
Lastly , the role of sharing in the transition should not be underestimated , which has changed , and partly distorted , consumption models . Starting from city mobility both on four-wheeled vehicles and its non-motorized forms , through the opportunities in the field of energy sharing , let us think of the aforementioned energy communities , the potential of domestic smart meters and other consumer goods .
In short , the change is already happening and it is engaged on voyages between the present and the near future .
What is perhaps missing is a harmonious vision of these opportunities and their integration with the real economy . They will probably undermine some old technological and industrial fiefdoms .
However , they could make room for new and real job opportunities and a better quality of life . Italy excels in a great deal of these technologies and has already completed cutting-edge tests both in the field of technology and industrial supply chains .
Let us also consider green chemistry and the material recovery chain as the real circular economy , an activity that , as outlined above , goes hand in hand with a people-oriented and , above all , more environmentally sustainable smart city .
Agnese Cecchini is Editorial Director of Italian energy sector publishing company Gruppo Italia Energia
Catch up with Agnese Cecchini as she chairs a panel discussing The Question of Energy Affordability
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