ISPRA: “Italy has one of the most efficient energy systems in Europe”

The study of ISPRA “National greenhouse gas emissions: Indicators of efficiency and decarbonization in the main European countries”

20181011_1.jpgItaly has one of the most efficient energy systems in Europe which exercises one of the lowest environmental impacts in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. These are the findings of a study of ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale, Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) entitled “National greenhouse gas emissions: indicators of efficiency and decarbonization in the main European countries,” presented in Rome on Tuesday.
ISPRA observes, in particular, that greenhouse gas emissions per consumption unit from fossil sources in Italy are one of the lowest at European level (3.41 ton of CO2 equivalent per ton of oil equivalent vs. 3.56 tonCO2eq/toe of other European countries).
The study also indicates that energy intensity in Italy, expressed in terms of GDP per unit of energy use, is one of the lowest among the main European countries: 98.50 toe vs. an EU average of 118.62 toe in 2016. Moreover, national greenhouse gas emissions per GDP per unit of energy use are in line with the European average (2.76 tCO2eq/toe vs. 2.62 tCO2eq/toe in the EU), despite a considerable proportion of power of nuclear origin still present in Europe.
Finally, in Italy emissions and GDP do not follow the same trend but they mark a positive decoupling: in the period of 1990-2016 the growth in emissions as generally slower than that of the economy. The crucial role played the replacement of high coal content fuels with natural gas, which took place mainly in the sector of electricity production and industry.

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10 October 2018 - 15:33 CEST