Energy efficiency plays a central role in the fight against climate change and in the development of sustainable and competitive economic systems.
Energy efficiency is a key resource for promoting decarbonisation and supporting economic and social development. Efficiency measures allow you to use energy in a more rational way, reducing consumption and therefore energy and environmental costs for citizens, businesses and public bodies.
For this reason, the European Union has identified energy efficiency as one of the three pillars of its Clean Energy for all Europeans strategy, with an objective of improving efficiency by 2030 of 32.5% compared to 1990 levels.
The areas of energy efficiency
Every human activity can be made more efficient by studying the processes that require energy, monitoring consumption and designing sustainable technical and management solutions.
In fact, making energy efficiency means undertaking a process of continuous improvement of the economic and environmental performance of the various activities.
Access to incentives provided at national and local level and to forms of direct investment by third parties increase the economic sustainability of efficiency measures.
The advantages of energy efficiency
- A healthier environment and planet
Consuming less energy to obtain the same results means producing less climate-changing emissions and less fine dust, reducing pollution and improving air quality.
- A better quality of life
Reducing pollution and improving the air we breathe has a positive impact on citizens' health, especially in large cities. In addition, homes and places of study and work that are energetically redeveloped are healthier because they are less subject to humidity and temperature changes, further increasing the quality of life of those who live there.
- More liveable and resilient cities
In addition to improving the air in the city, making energy redevelopment also means regenerating the real estate assets (increasing their value up to + 15%), fighting energy poverty and making our cities more beautiful, starting from the suburbs. If seismic consolidation works are also carried out alongside energy efficiency, the safety of buildings and their ability to withstand extreme events are increased.
- Lower costs and more competitive businesses
Consuming less means spending less to get energy. Optimizing costs allows companies to be more competitive and to free up resources to invest in innovation, new products or markets. Not only that: making their business processes more efficient and monitoring their energy performance over time means managing them better and reducing the operational risks connected to them. In addition, improving their energy and environmental performance allows companies to respond more credibly to the new needs of consumers who care about the environment and the health of the planet.
- Economic and technological development
In addition to making companies more competitive, energy efficiency is a great stimulus for the research and development of new materials and solutions, technological and managerial, increasingly performing. In addition, the energy requalification of buildings has a positive impact on the construction market, recognized as one of the leading sectors of the economy. Finally, consuming less energy also means increasing the security of national and European supplies with further positive economic impacts.
22 September 2020 - 12:19 CEST