Energy transition and green finance, the word to companies

Frame the process of the green transition, which involves all companies and SMEs in the country, with financial risk. This was the theme of the conference ‘Energy, CO2 and financial risk’, organized at the University of Ca ‘Foscari by the eAmbiente Group and the Ca’ Foscari Alumni Association, which since 2011 has brought together all university graduates. This was the second meeting, held remotely and in the presence, of the format created by the eAmbiente Group called ‘TalkAboutGreen‘, a series of meetings aimed at investigating current issues related to the energy transition and the change that companies are experiencing with the introduction and application of the new energy policies imposed by the NRP.

“The risk we run today – explained Gabriella Chiellino, founder and president of eAmbiente Group – is not to realize how important it is for a company, of any size, to start an environmental reporting process. Not today, but in the very near future, CO2 emissions will become a cost for every company, because this is the direction that Europe has taken with the New Green Deal. Therefore, starting a virtuous path of CO2 recovery, but above all of reporting with respect to ESG parameters, will lead to better management of the financial part “.

The energy transition, explained Cristian Pulitano, director of energy & strategy – management engineering department of Politecnico di Milano, “Embraces all the sectors that represent the economy of a country like Italy, introducing various opportunities also for small-medium enterprises that represent the industrial fabric of our country: the possibility of reducing the costs relating to the energy bill through investments in energy efficiency, possibly supported by incentive tools that reduce the PayBack Time or through the use of funds from the NRP; the energy communities that have just been definitively incorporated into the national regulatory framework: the Carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) which should apply the same economic treatment to manufacturing companies outside the EU as that of the EU with regard to CO2 emissions “.

“All stakeholders are requesting more and more ESG information from companies” intervened Monica Billio, Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice. “The need for reliable and harmonized ESG data is crucial to avoid market distortions (greenwashing) and misallocations of capital by both banks in the credit process and by investors. The rating is a synthetic judgment that certifies the solidity of a company from the point of view of sustainability and while not replacing a traditional financial rating, it is the tool that allows access to sustainable financing and is increasingly required to give access to supply chains and value chains “.

The Saviola Group, the Nice Spa group, Mep Group and Ipc Group took part in the event. “For Saviola Group sustainability has been the figure that has guided the growth of its ecosystem from the dawn of its birth until today. A production method converted to the circular economy already in the Eighties and which influenced the international industrial context by changing the paradigms in the wood sector, from the collection, procurement and production of 100% post-consumer wood “declared the Director of Energy of the Saviola Group Marco Volpi .

“Our company has already embarked on an important transition path towards greater business sustainability for some time now. – declared Marco Bianchet, Quality & Sustainability Global Director of Nice – A strategic asset of Nice that embraces several areas: from support for people to environmental protection, up to the enhancement of local communities and economic realities. The measurement of the carbon footprint of the organization in order to reduce environmental impacts, aligning itself with the climate standards established by the United Nations through the Paris agreement and the creation of a Sustainability Report, will be only the first steps towards this important cultural transformation and of process, which will affect the group on a global level “.

Ipc Group is the first manufacturer in Italy of machines and equipment for industrial cleaning, and the third in Europe. It operates in 5 factories located in the Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy regions. It employs about 1,000 people and has a widespread sales, distribution and assistance network, present in 120 countries around the world, also with directly controlled branches. Ipc Group recently became part of the Tennant Corporation Group, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America, making it one of the first manufacturers of Cleaning Machines and Equipment in the world “said Mario Scarpa, delegate for Product Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Ipc Group.

According to Vito Rotondi, ceo-managing director Mep Spa di Reana del Rojale – Udine, “the future of sustainable success calls for a specific responsibility: contributing to the advanced protection of the environment, society (civil, human, inclusive and digital), competitiveness, law, technology and profitability as measures of sustainable growth. We have always placed the centrality of the value of the human and moral heritage of the company, translating sustainability policies from the concept of deterrence on non-compliance to the idea of ​​sustainability at the foundation of the company’s principles. trajectories of the types of reforms of the NRP, it experiences the stimuli, the reforms and understands the scenarios in which it is already present with relevant skills, perspectives and abilities “.

The debate was also attended by Vincenzo D’Alberti, member of the evaluation and verification nucleus of public investments, PCM, Dipe, who presented all the aspects of the NRP that relate to the green transition. “Mission 2 of the NRP with its 59.5 billion funding is a fundamental driver for the Ecological Transition and for achieving the objectives of reducing emissions and decarbonising the economy. Achieving the sustainability goals is the real challenge for the future. A fundamental role is attributed to businesses and finance which must act as a multiplier to implement the investments necessary for our country ”concluded D’Alberti.