Arzà (Assogasliquidi): ‘Recovery is not enough, we need a policy that is attentive to industry’

The pandemic has upset and questioned the parameters of production and consumption on a global level, with strong repercussions on the economic system
, and the LPG sector has particularly blamed the effects of the crisis“So Andrea Arzà, president of Assogasliquidi, on the occasion of the presentation of the report made by Ey ‘Evaluation of the impacts of the LPG sector’.

There are timid signs of a recovery on consumption in 2021 compared to 2019 as regards the combustion sector, but the gap continues as regards the volumes recorded in the automotive sector: in the comparison between the data of the first 9 months of 2021 compared to the same period of 2019 (before the pandemic), the of auto LPG still marks a worrying -15% in consumption. There is no doubt, however, that what was lost in 2020 will not be recovered in 2021. government and institutions must urgently introduce the measures that we have been proposing for some time and that could compensate for the economic gap that has arisen in the last two years“.” I am thinking for example – explains Arzà – of our proposal for incentive for the conversion to gas of cars in circulation euro 4, 5 and 6 to diesel and petrol which, in addition to the strong environmental benefits (reduction of up to 12 tons of NOx and 42 thousand tons of CO2), would give a great breath to the entire supply chain which, as confirmed by the report by Ey, is a large Italian production company and its weight is relevant both economically and socially “.

“Alongside these urgent measures – continued Arzà – it is then necessary to intervene on the package Fit for 55, with respect to which the gas sector wants to represent part of the solution: but to ensure that this happens, the forecasts must be revised for maintain limited taxation on gases (for both heating and mobility), introduce the criterion for assessing CO2 emissions from a Well to Whell or Lca perspective in addition to reviewing the tightening of the emission thresholds which in fact provide for a ‘ban’ of the internal combustion engine in 2035. This would avoid blocking industrial investments to the advantage of the development of bio and renewable solutions for fuels and the enhancement of infrastructures existing. As an LPG sector we are in fact strongly committed to the development of bio (Biogpl) and renewable components (mixing with renewable products such as, for example, RDME) to be mixed with the fossil product to significantly reduce the carbon footprint in the entire cycle. of life both in heating, industrial / commercial and agricultural uses and in those as fuel for engines. But the efforts of companies in this sector must find political support “.