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Energy efficiency, Italy is behind


The Italian situation is disconcerting. The tax exemptions for the energy efficiency of buildings are about to expire and, in Italy, there is still no concrete plan to incentivize the diffusion of plants and systems low energy consumption. The interventions of energy efficiency generate concrete savings by ensuring, in a short time, the total return of the initial investment (read a concrete example). The benefits are many, economic and environmental, but in Italy the flaws are too many, to highlight this is the second Report onEnergy efficiency drawn up by ENEA.

“Everyone is talking and ranting about energy efficiency, in Italy, but the facts are still far too few. Indeed, for the umpteenth time we are forced to appeal to the future Parliament to confirm and make 55% of tax relief for theenergy efficiency on buildings”. These are the words of Mariagrazia Midulla, in commenting on the second Report onEnergy efficiency of ENEA.

Mariagrazia Midulla, WWF Italy's Climate and Energy Manager, complained:

"ENEA must be given credit for putting decision makers in front of concrete data: the tables in the executive summary clearly demonstrate that since 1990 the level of energy efficiency in Italy it decreased in all sectors. This is also due to never consistent and very contradictory measures. The huge success of the tax relief 55% forefficiency on buildings, for example, it is always destined to self-destruct within a certain period of time, and has also been undermined by the raising of relief for renovations in general: which citizen would choose to have to demonstrate their interventions energy efficiency to have a 55% of tax relief when can, much more easily, access 50%? However, in a few months 55% for the'efficiency will expire again and tax exemptions for restructuring buildings they will return to 36%. In short, again there will be no certainty of the 'diman' and again we will have to call upon Parliament to make a law that finally stabilizes incentives on restructuring, with a clear priority toenergy efficiency”.

"Yet, in times of crisis, citizens and companies should be encouraged to make an extraordinarily efficient use of all resources, starting with energy, as part of the broader development of a green and regenerative economy. When you do not have a vision, indeed you contradict your plans and do not have a real strategy, the results are then those that can be deduced from the ENEA Report”, Midulla emphasizes.

Do you like the house in the picture? Yup? Who knows how much IMU pays… and the garbage tax? The house in the photo, in an ideal scenario, could be exempt from IMU and pay a minimum of taxes for the old tarsu. The reason? It is a very high class A house energy efficiency.

What is needed is clear, a well-defined strategy and above all, a law that stabilizes incentives on renovations by encouraging the spread of energy-efficient systems. In this regard, the WWF offers a rather interesting tool, it is called "tax cuts emissions " and aims to regulate, for example, theIMU based on the energy rating of the house, the car tax on Polluting emissions instead of on the kW of the vehicle and, perhaps, replace the VAT on the products with the Emitted Carbon Tax, or a tax generated based on their environmental impact in terms of CO2. In this way, in Italy, one could embrace a more culture green, at the same time relaunching the economy of the boot.



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