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02/10/2013
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RSE Increasingly Taking Centre Stage in Smart Energy Projects

RSE Increasingly Taking Centre Stage in Smart Energy Projects

The Confindustria’s study drawn up through scientific cooperation with RSE was presented. Besseghini: “We contributed our experience in creating a new methodological approach having the energy system as the core goal of analysis”


On the 1st of October, last, during the Smart Energy Summit, the study requested by Confindustria and drawn up through scientific cooperation with RSE was presented. The paper tackles the topic of energy efficiency with a fresh approach.
Adopting the Best Available Technologies scenario, that is one founded on the use of advanced technology as outlined in the research paper, would entail looking at energy efficiency policies not only as a means to curb innovation costs linked to energy consumption, but also as a driving force for industrial activities benefiting the Country as a whole.
The businesses directly or indirectly involved in the demand for investments targeting energy efficiency are currently more than 250,000.

“We collaborated in the Smart Energy project” – said Stefano Besseghini, RSE CEO during the meeting – “by contributing our experience in the creation of a new methodological approach having the energy system as the core goal of analysis”.
“That is an approach RSE is well accustomed to, decisive to avoid making the same choices of the past that turned out to be wrong as they privileged point-specific logics even through government allowances, which actually provided no benefit to the development of technology and industry in the Italian energy sector” said Besseghini, clearly hinting to PV energy incentives that did not translate into industrial growth in the national energy sector.

“To reach that goal” – he continued – “we need the method tabled by RSE: certainly a more complex one, but also one that makes it possible to provide energy efficiency as a package thus making initiatives repeatable and clearly identifying a technology that is inherently hard to define”.

Going back to research, interesting hypotheses are made concerning the consequences of adopting a system-based approach to energy efficiency.
The macroeconomic impact of energy efficiency policies from here to 2020 and the adoption of those suggested by the Confindustria study could generate a yearly growth in Italian industrial output equal to 65 billion Euros, the creation of some 500,000 new jobs and an average yearly economic growth rate of 0.5 of the GDP.
As for the environmental benefits, that would lead to saving over 5.7 billion euros per year – equal to 10 % of the national energy bill – with reduced carbon dioxide emissions.