The Inter-Ministerial “Energy, Environment, and Climate” Steering Committee held a meeting in virtual mode, chaired by Deputy Minister Manlio Di Stefano, with representatives from Institutions and Public Companies in the sector, ENI, ENEL, Saipem, Snam, Terna, CDP, and Confindustria Energia.
This meeting followed on from the Inter-Institutional Steering Committee on the same questions that met at the end of November, and that has now also been opened to the production world. It provided the opportunity to get up to speed on questions of energy/climate programming priorities for Italy’s G20 Presidency, the partnership with the United Kingdom in light of the CoP26, and climatic finance, also taking in the European Green Deal and Italy’s involvement in European Projects of Common Interest on hydrogen and batteries. It also dealt with the question of energy security on the Mediterranean chess board, and future infrastructural projects in the Region.
“Dynamics are underway in Brussels today that will have a crucial impact on our Country’s trajectory,” said the Deputy Minister. “I am thinking about the negotiations on the European Climate Law, the European Green Deal, and the highly current question of hydrogen, as well as technology for decarbonising our production systems. We are at the forefront of all these matters, and we wish to fully involve Italian Companies.”
“We have favourably accepted the results obtained at the European Council held on 11 December this year,” continued the Deputy Minister. “After difficult negotiations, it led to a new, more ambitious goal of reducing emissions, with the approval of a reduction of at least 55% of emissions by 2030. Meanwhile we need to preserve the competitiveness of the economy, and to take into account the efforts currently being made by the various Member Countries. In fact, Italy is one of the Countries who reached the goals set for 2020 ahead of time, compared to a delay in many other Countries”.
“We are looking to link energy to the climate and the environment, with a complete paradigm shift, aiming at new synergy between environmental, industrial, market, and climatic finance objectives. I believe that this Steering Committee is proving to be a winner, due to the virtuous interactions it allows between administrations and the world of businesses. In addition, it involves the energy and climate sector, for which the companies can provide an even more in-depth view, thereby helping us to set up a process that, in any case, we want to be market-oriented,” concluded Deputy Minister Di Stefano.