Italy has been rather slow in renewable energy reforms and the implementation of green energy projects, following economic and political crises in recent times. Italy’s green economy grew despite the economic crisis, going from strength to strength and spreading sustainable practices and circular business models to the very fabric of the national industrial sector.
The theme of energy efficiency and energy production from renewable sources is one of Green Italy’s central focuses: as the study highlights, Italy leads the large EU nations when it comes to the percentage of renewables (17.4%) in its gross domestic energy consumption. economic activity linked to energy generation from renewables has grown exponentially over the last six years and that companies in the sector are delivering superior success and performance levels. “A sign of huge strength because they managed to grow during the worst period the world economy – and thus Italy – has experienced.” As revealed by the Green Italy Report reflects the trend: in the last five years, over 345,000 industrial companies chose to invest in green products or technologies (or intend to do so by the end of 2018) to reduce their environmental impact, save energy and contain CO2 emissions. These businesses are also displaying a level of dynamism on foreign markets that is superior to the rest of Italy’s production sector, with higher revenues and sharper increases in employment. In 2017, there were almost three million green jobs, the equivalent of 13% of the national total.
Enel a multinational Italian Energy company has embraced the principles of the green and circular economies, the creation of innovative services focused on energy efficiency and electrification of consumption, starting with the development of electric mobility and extending to solutions that will make public lighting in Italy’s municipalities more efficient and supporting industries that want to optimise their energy use.