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Italian bioenergy stakeholders urge government to reconsider renewable support measures

In Italy, four trade bodies representing the bioenergy sector at large have co-signed a manifesto calling on the Government for concrete and immediate actions to ensure that adequate support measures for bioenergy are maintained and reinforced in the coming years. Bioenergy Europe welcomes this joint initiative led by four of its members and wishes to highlight the importance of coherent renewable energy support measures at the national and EU levels to achieve a climate-neutral economy by 2050.

In Italy, four trade bodies representing the bioenergy sector at large have co-signed a manifesto calling on the Government for concrete and immediate actions to ensure that adequate support measures for bioenergy are maintained and reinforced in the coming years.

The Italian Association of Agroforestry Energy (AIEL), Italian Association of Solid Biomass Energy Producers (EBS), Elettricità Futura (the leading association representing the Italian electricity industry) and the Italian Federation of Energy Producers from Renewable Sources (FIPER) represents the different voices and interests of the bioenergy sector in Italy including manufacturers, suppliers and service providers.

A value-chain that fully embodies the concept of circular economy actively contributes toward a sustainable and environment-friendly model and provides a source of economic growth and job creation – in particular in rural and marginal areas.

The joint manifesto reflects the concerns over a lack of a long-term perspective. With the approaching carbon-neutrality targets, it is key to increase the penetration of renewables in the energy mix in Italy and in the EU.

Needs a supportive legislative framework

Bioenergy represents a viable and sustainable source of energy, providing balance to the electricity grid, and allowing a phasing out to fossil fuel dependency. In addition, without the full deployment of biomass technology, the country’s ability to reach EU and national climate targets are in serious jeopardy.

The four associations warn that the Italian bioenergy industry needs a supportive legislative framework to avoid severe repercussions within the sector.

In order for Italy and Europe to deliver on the energy transition, it is of primary importance to immediately address these uncertainties so that the country might maintain its generation capacity and promote the development of new biomass-based ones such as small- and medium-size plants (in particular off-grid).

The replacement and modernization of obsolete appliances with new ones can contribute to decisively improve air quality and efficiency.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic accentuated some pre-existing challenges that must be addressed in order to ensure the development of a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic model in the country.

In this recovery phase, Italy needs a coherent and immediate message to preserve, consolidate, and relaunch a well-established value-chain that contributes to the countries’ environmental objectives and is a fundamental driver of socio-economic development.

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