Energy efficiency – reducing the use of power without loss of economic activity or service quality – is one of the priorities of Italian and Community energy strategies. Indeed, among the efforts that unite supply security, competitiveness and environmental sustainability over the medium term, increased energy efficiency is one of the most immediate and concrete tools, and one with respect to which Italy can boast excellent performance.
Our country fully implemented European Directive 32/06 on energy efficiency with the adoption of the first and second Plan of Action for Energy Efficiency (PAEE), respectively in 2007 and 2011. The plan is the European Commission’s informative instrument on Member State energy efficiency programmes and results.
Also in the process of absorbing the EU Directive, the first Energy Efficiency Report was compiled and presented in January 2012 by ENEA(http://efficienzaenergetica.acs.enea.it), which demonstrated the Italian economy’s overall energy efficiency improvement of 10.4% between 1990 and 2009. Moreover, energy saving policies and measures were enacted with a view to promoting investments with economic and social benefits for both the country and consumers, which consisted not only of laws but also of training and awareness-raising efforts.
This national and European level commitment continues at international level through the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), instituted during the G8 Energy meeting in Rome in 2009, and the Low Carbon Technology Platform launched within the context of the International Energy Agency.