Fire: “Investments and energy managers to lead the transition”

“We are facing a profound transformation of the economic system from an energy point of view, and revolutions are made above all with people, starting with energy manager, at the forefront in guiding companies in this transformation “, said Dario Di Santo, director Fire (Italian Federation for the Rational Use of Energy), on the occasion of the Enermanagemente conference, underlining the key role of energy managers in the energy transition. According to Di Santo, there are “numerous challenges to face for the approximately 2,500 energy managers appointed in Italy: the change in company priorities, the complexity of energy efficiency, the expansion of the dimensions of energy management, the increasingly stringent and ambitious policies “.

“But it is a challenge that we must win, because in recent years it will be essential for companies to build low-carbon and sustainable business models in order to grow, ensure competitiveness and not suffer the high prices and transformations underway. review the investment selection criteria and focus on energy managers (and other figures involved in this revolution). “There are many areas connected with this revolution in progress: the obligatory change in behavior and business, energy communities, technological choices , widespread electrification and others that were illustrated during the morning Among the tools that can help companies and organizations in this transformation, Fire reports Energy Management Systems (Sge).

The adoption of an EMS initiates a substantial change in the company: the system facilitates the analysis of multiple benefits and initiates a path of shared participation in corporate energy policies and actions. Today, most of the certified organizations fall into the industrial sector. From a Fire-Cti survey it emerged that the organizations that have adopted an SGE, in addition to energy savings, find an improvement in the corporate image on the market, as well as better management of corporate resources and lower emissions of climate-alternating gases.

Marco Rossi of Viessmann then spoke of energy communities, highlighting that direct or ‘deferred’ self-consumption of self-produced electricity involves the maximum possible economic valorisation of the same energy quantity. In the short future, belonging to a group of self-consumers will entail, against an initial investment, a positive cash flow that over the years could be invested in initiatives that the community itself deems necessary, such as the upgrading of renewable energy plants. o energy efficiency measures.

L’emission trading it is a subject closely connected with the themes energy management, sustainability and decarbonisation. Sebastiano Serra del Mite talked about the possible emission reduction mechanisms for Italy, the importance of companies implementing measures to reduce emissions due to the progressive reduction of free quotas and the increase in the price of quotas on the market, and on-site controls (inspections and audits, maintenance obligations).

Serra explained that the reduction of CO2 emissions is driven by the way in which the allocations of quotas are distributed in a reduced way from one year to the next and by the cost of the quota. In Italy, in the fourth phase (2021-2025) of application of the Directive, approximately 1,100 plants will fall under the ETS, of which approximately 250 plants are small emitters and are subject to a simplified regime. The works were closed by Valeria Caso di Fire with the Iccee project which is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, but not limited to, operating in the food sector. The project provides free online tools that are useful for identifying and implementing interventions for energy efficiency in the cold chain.