The Ambassador of Italy to Berlin, Armando Varricchio, is participating, as the representative of the Italian government, in the BETD-Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (28-29 March) a forum which, this year, is dedicated to “Energiewende – Securing a Green Future” that brings together representatives from institutions, science, industry and civil society on the topics of energy and the transition to renewable and clean sources.
The event, now in its ninth year, is co-chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock and the Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck. Among the topics on the agenda: the energy crisis, the development of renewable energy sources and related industrial policies. Part of the event shall be devoted to the enhancement of the Climate Club, an initiative launched last year by the German G7 Presidency.
Speaking at the panel “Renewables as Drivers of Supply”, a session focused on renewables as “drivers” of energy supply, with specific reference to the issue of small islands and the related challenges in the supply of renewable sources, Ambassador Varricchio stressed that “Italy has already made great progress, for example with the installation of new capacity from renewables and the digitisation of energy networks. But we still face many challenges – the Ambassador continued -, from promoting investment by simplifying the regulatory framework to securing supplies of raw materials of critical importance”. To this effect, a fully-fledged cooperation between Italy and Germany, the Ambassador pointed out, is crucial, in the common goal of shared and sustainable development and the fight against climate change.