100 ITALIAN ENERGY STORIES (ENG)

Data : 24 novembre 2015 - 30 novembre -1

The fight against climate change as described during Cop21 at the end of 2015 unites the whole world with a shared goal that is just as ambitious as it is urgent; it is not just a climate and environmental challenge: It is economic, technological and geopolitical. It influences and is influenced in turn by the key global issues that remain unresolved. If the economy takes the green path with conviction, if research and innovation bet on efficiency and sustainability, then we can make it, and also benefit from major advantages in economic terms. The challenge also concerns social justice because those who are left behind, those who suffer the most terrible repercussions of global warming and are forced to migrate, are above all the populations of those states with low and average incomes, with little access to essential health and education services and less political impact than others. Pope Francis, author of the most authoritative, visionary and concrete document that both anticipated and inspired Cop21, the Laudato si’ encyclical, reminds us that those who impoverish the environment also contribute to an "unstoppable process of exclusion".

We will not win this battle unless we change. As Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve a problem with the same mindset that originally created it”. The new mindset we need is already with us, is already present in our society and in the industrial world. It is made up of innovation and responsibilities, competitiveness, research, care for people and for skills, resourcefulness, and creativity. It is made up of many different groups: Companies, research institutions, and associations who have overcome resistance and begun to turn things around. In this report, Enel and Symbola tell their stories.

The report is dedicated to the electricity sector but captures the overall spirit of Made-in-Italy trends and features. Our 100 Italian Energy Stories make no academic claim nor do they presume to be complete. They are simply 100 examples of excellence spanning all areas of the supply chain and map out a typically Italian path to sustainable energy. From generation to distribution of electricity; from maintenance of power plants to efficient fuel consumption in homes; from research centres that develop innovative systems for clean energy in the Mediterranean to the super-famous architect who has lent his expertise in order to enhance the visual appeal of mini-wind turbines; from the start-up that monitors how much household appliances consume and suggests – via smartphone – how to reduce bills, to the leader in connectivity solutions; from the company that has invented faster recharging stations for electric cars to systems that ensure operator safety in power stations and associations that encourage citizens, families and businesses to demand greater efficiency and more sustainability.

Beauty, talent, efficiency, and competitiveness. The leitmotiv of 100 Italian Energy Stories is no different from the Italian archetype that sets an example which others can learn from, and that certainly includes the electricity industry.

Our stories describe a country at the cutting edge in many areas, and in the energy sector in particular, despite its limitations and age-old problems. Italy has begun to harness the opportunities presented by the transformation of how energy is generated in terms of sustainable, widespread production. We require new solutions in this field and our study indicates a number of them, including how to transport and distribute electricity, which no longer flows in one direction only from large power plants to end users, but is produced and (self-)consumed directly in low- and medium-voltage networks. Therefore smart grids are crucial, using digital solutions such as the ones we describe in order to sort power flows appropriately, allowing for the complete integration of the electricity system with renewable energy sources: Also thanks to Italy’s cutting-edge expertise in storage systems. With the development of intensive electric recharging infrastructure networks of the type currently emerging in this country, we will finally be able to develop sustainable mobility without environmental consequences. Consumers will then have a tangible opportunity to put their sustainable choices such as electric car sharing into practice. Moreover, thanks to some of the measures described in this book life will be made easier for increasingly attentive consumers, especially with regard to energy waste.

This is Italy. A country starting anew, that has done so from this perspective, as an example of good industry and innovation, thanks to people who have had an idea and who have made it a reality, transforming a dream into a concrete project. Italy has begun to meet the challenges and opportunities of this truly dynamic moment in time thanks to its entrepreneurial drive, the support of capable politicians, of administrations as well as the deeply committed civil society: The result is an antidote to the recession. Here we describe an Italy that makes Italy what it truly is and which has a great deal to say for itself, further reinforced by the special relationship between businesses and local communities, “supported by a robust network of solidarity, a system of companies aware of their social function, a hinterland of legality, extensive knowledge, and civic passion,” according to the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.

All of this, a new social and productive paradigm with ancient roots but looking firmly into the future, makes Italy one of the countries that may suggest a credible and desirable route towards the world of tomorrow.
 

Francesco Starace
Enel CEO and General Manager

Ermete Realacci
Symbola President

 

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