The energy and environmental revolution of buildings
Milan, November 13th 2017
Was held today in Milan the 5th ENGIE Forum. This year's theme, "Building Energy Enhancement," has produced interesting data on how green building in Italy is important and above all to be improved.
A market that can bring 130,000 jobs, a saving of billions of euros in bill and a reduction of 5.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to the 2.7 million car block.
How much energy innovation is worth
Thanks to the studies produced by The European House Ambrosetti, the Politecnico di Milano and Anci, it was found that only 20% of the homes of the center and northern Italy would suffice, and the energy innovation in the Italian buildings would generate, in the five years 2018- 2022
a business volume of more than € 29 billion in companies in the sector;
occupation of 130,000 people;
investment in research and development (R & D) up to € 290 million;
savings on energy bill bills of 2.5 billion euros;
€ 4.8 billion (in particular ires and iv), resulting in higher sales;
no emissions of 5.4 million tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the 2.7 million vehicles not circulating.
According to the study, only 7% of residential and 6% of non-residential areas in Northern and Central Italy regions are in a high-quality energy class (A +, A, B) with a net most of the properties still confined to the worst classes (F, G).
80% of buildings were built before 1990, when energy requirements for buildings were introduced, energy consumption of buildings accounted for 40% of total energy consumption in Italy and in the European average.
The survey took into consideration both residential buildings (chalets, apartments) and schools, offices and hotels, assuming that they applied a balanced mix of key energy efficiency solutions, starting from boiler replacement and integrating other interventions such as intelligent thermostats, led lighting, photovoltaic lighting, door locks and thermal coat.
These interventions have proven to be cost-effective, with investment return rates ranging from just under 10% to over 20% and paybacks from 3 to 9 years, thanks to existing incentives that remain necessary to unlock these investments virtuoso and that could be even more effective if they were to spend more on initial spending.
Not just a "save the bill"
It should be highlighted the improvement of the attractiveness and value of the refurbished property: high-energy buildings can rely on the real estate market up to 30% more, as well as offer greater comfort and reduce polluting emissions. The Italian economy, in general, is thus able to operate a formidable leverage.
As emerged from the Studio of the Politecnico di Milano, the energy efficiency market for residential construction projects is worth over 3 billion euros a year.
Even in the National Energy Strategy (SEN), great attention has been paid to residential and tertiary energy consumption. European regulations require that new private buildings will be "almost zero" energy consumption by 2021 and nearly complete decarbonisation of all existing buildings by 2050. However, besides the significant opportunities, ENGIE also sees some obstacles to overcome and is from the perspective of who is the leader of energy efficiency in the world and also in Italy.
"Look carefully at the Law of Budget / Ddl Stability 2018 that we hope can give a decisive boost to this area by reinforcing the rules and incentives for redevelopment of public and private buildings. ENGIE in Italy is actively involved in promoting energy efficiency, as demonstrated by the 10,000 buildings, of which 3,500 schools, on which we have intervened with targeted projects not only in the energy field but also aimed at improving the safety and quality of life of the citizens and the environment. Building energy efficiency will drive growth, savings, employment and environmental benefits", Olivier Jacquier, CEO of ENGIE Italia, said.