An agreement signed between Enel X, the energy services arm of energy company Enel, and the Association for Subsidiarity and Modernization of Local Authorities (ASMEL) is expected to promote the energy transition and sustainability across some 3,505 municipalities in Italy.
The two organisations will work together to promote the creation and management of energy communities, modernise public and private buildings with smart energy, drive the installation of public smart lighting and spread electric mobility across Italy.
Enel X will provide solutions including buildings’ energy efficiency, electric vehicle chargers, renewable energy generation and energy management for municipal members of ASMEL.
ASMEL will also bring to the table its experience gained through helping municipalities to implement sustainability programmes. ASMEL has been providing support to municipalities for some time, including for the purchase of LED lightbulbs and photovoltaic systems.
ASMEL and Enel X will launch training courses to improve awareness amongst local authority administrators and employees of the benefits associated with the adoption of technological solutions such EVs, renewables and energy management.
Augusto Raggi, head of Enel X Italia, said: “Thanks to the agreement with ASMEL, we are giving a decisive boost to the transition of Italian municipalities towards smarter and more sustainable urban models.”
Francesco Pinto, secretary-general of ASMEL said his organisation, “is entering the Protocol to bring innovation in the sustainable energy sector to local authorities that are still lagging behind. Moreover, municipalities can make substantial savings thanks to energy efficiency and shared production of renewable energy, generating new revenue to be used in services to citizens.”
Sustainability and decarbonisation across Italy
Enel is heavily investing in and partnering with multiple companies from across various sectors to ensure the decarbonisation of the country’s economy and industrial activities.
These partnerships include one with glass manufacturer NSG Group to upgrade the company’s Pilkington Italia’s cogeneration plant, located in San Salvo.
Commenting on the development, Raggi, said: “Our work at the San Salvo plant will make the site more flexible and energy-efficient and will reduce the amount of climate-changing emissions that are released into the atmosphere, which will help the NSG Group achieve its decarbonisation targets. Enel X shares this goal and, using its innovative technologies, wants to continue to play a leading role in accelerating the energy transition process that is underway in Italy and globally.”
Enel will be partnering with Cogenio to implement the trigeneration project.