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Energy, Enermanagement: efficiency and decarbonization two intertwined paths

Byeditorial

May 6, 2021

Decarbonisation enters the company’s production sites with a decisive pace. This year Enermanagement has dealt in depth with what are the multiple benefits linked to energy efficiency interventions and how these are precious. On the subject, Livio De Chicchis of Fire introduced the M-Benefits project, within which a methodology was developed to help energy managers, utilities, ESCOs and other subjects involved in the proposal of energy efficiency interventions to understand the effects of these solutions on the core business and be able to promote them more effectively to management. In this sense, some pilot projects have been launched, concrete cases in which the results achieved were reported respectively by Domenico D’Acierno and Marco Ferrari of Eni, Fabio Roveda of Hera and Paolo Piterà of Perardi and Gresino. The three companies involved in M-Benefits reported among the non-energy benefits achieved following energy efficiency interventions: improvements in workplace safety, increase in product and production process quality, production line innovation, optimization of maintenance and reduction of polluting emissions. A winning synergy between energy management and core business that can not only lead to savings on the bill, but also to satisfy the SDGs, improve the cost and risk structure, contribute to improving the corporate value proposition on its portfolio of products and services . Then Svenja Bartels of Rödl & Partner, Michele Brusori of Kaeser and Carlo Corallo of Ego intervened to outline a series of opportunities in terms of technologies and services. In particular, we talked about the benefits achieved with the efficiency of the compressed air service, the use of platforms based on artificial intelligence for the management of energy consumption and production plants and contracts for the purchase of renewable energy ( Ppa). Daniele Forni, Fire’s technical manager, then showed the opportunities to participate in the pilot projects of the GoSafe with Esi business model, a tool aimed at SMEs to facilitate investments in energy efficiency, cogeneration and renewable sources. GoSafe in fact allows entrepreneurs to invest in safety, making use of a contract to guarantee the results, a third party validation of the project carried out and a performance insurance. In closing, Alessandro Federici di Enea presented a precise picture of the measures dedicated to energy efficiency. Federici stressed that with 0.935 Mtoe accumulated each year, a total of 51.4 Mtoe of final energy savings will be reached, attributable to active measures or to be activated from 2021 to 2030 to achieve the target of art. 7 of the Eed. “The interventions seen today at Enermanagement – observes Dario Di Santo, Director of Fire – showed the importance of tools such as energy management systems, multi-benefits analysis and the use of IoT tools and artificial intelligence “in the process of decarbonisation of businesses. “At the center of this journey, however, emerges the human role, increasingly important and aimed at greater collaboration between different functions in the same company (rethinking the value proposal in a sustainable key of the various products and services offered by companies, reduction of risks and production costs of added value) or between different companies (circularity, efficiency of supply chains, sustainability) – continued – The methodology for evaluating the multiple benefits of energy efficiency developed within the M-Benefits project lays the foundations for a new way of dealing with energy audits and the feasibility assessment of energy redevelopment investments. On the other hand, decarbonisation will only be able to achieve its objectives if widespread application of the Energy Efficiency 1st principle is applied, both in the definition of policies and in the energy management of companies and organizations This principle, at the basis of the scen ares of the International Energy Agency related to the implementation of the Paris climate agreement, unfortunately does not seem to be at the center of the political agenda, nor of the NRP. We will continue to work to ensure that the principle is taken into greater consideration in the coming years “.