White certificates as a tool to promote energy efficiency in industry

white certificates issued per sector in italy

The peer-reviewed paper and the presentation on the Italian white certificate scheme as a tool to promote energy efficiency presented at the 2018 eceee conference in Berlin. Both the main results and the issues arisen over the years are illustrated, together with a focus on the industrial sector.

Energy efficiency obligation schemes (EEOs) are used in many EU countries as a policy measure to reach energy efficiency targets. Some of the first EEOs (UK, Italy, France, Denmark) have been capable to reach positive results over the years, as clearly demonstrated by the ENSPOL project. The Italian mechanism, in particular, is an interesting example of white certificate scheme (WhC), since it is one of the most long-lasting schemes (operatively started in 2005), has ambitious targets, covers all sectors and energy efficiency solutions, and has many flexibility options in place (e.g. non-obliged parties, tradable market, bankability, etc.).
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Why investing in energy efficiency

Energy efficiency can be an important driver for the competitiveness of industrial enterprises. My presentation, introductory to the webinar “Energy efficiency implementation in industries: the EU-MERCI approach to Good practices for multi-sector companies”, shows the reasons why energy efficiency should not be considered just as a cost reduction through energy savings, but could provide much more benefits. 

Many times energy efficiency is seen just as an opportunity of cost reduction through energy savings. Either if this is one of the main outcomes, and the most obvious, there are multiple benefits linked to an energy efficiency project, such as improvements in the productivity or the quality of manufactured products, the reduction of risks (energy supply, environmental, safety, etc.), lower maintenance costs and GHG emissions, etc. These additional benefits directly impact the core business and can positevily affect the value proposition and the value chain of a manufacturing enterprise.

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Energy efficiency policies for industry

The presentation about the policies for energy efficiency in the industrial sector at the EU-MERCI project webinar. The industrial sector accounts for one fourth  of the EU energy consumption and for 19% of the GHG emissions (without the energy sector). In order to reach the EU 2020 and 2030 targets and, even more, to adhere to the Paris 2015 climate agreement, there is the need of policies aimed at facilitating and accelerating the implementation of energy efficiency projects in the industrial sector. The presentation shows the main existing policies and offers some hints on the future measures.

The video of my speech and the other presentations are available on the EU-MERCI website.

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White certificate at Germany G7 meeting

The presentation held at the Germany G7 meeting in Berlin about the Italian white certificate scheme. The ENSPOL project was also presented, as example of cooperation among countries and of a platform to allow an exchange of best practices, capable of supporting policy makers in creating new incentive schemes or improving the existing ones.

ESCOs for industry in italy

The presentation about ESCOs with a focus on industrial activities in Italy illustrated at the JRC workshop “Energy Services Market in the EU” held in Brussels. The topics discussed are the blurred definition of ESCO, the Italian situation on this respect, the UNI CEI 11352 certification, the main characteristics of the industrial sector, some survey data about the ESCOs market, and the link with support schemes and in particular with the white certificate scheme.

Proceedings soon available on the JRC website.