Cinisello Balsamo, 29 March 2019
We have signed with BEA (Brianza Energia Ambiente) - the leading operator in the Province of Monza and Brianza for energy production through waste-to-energy - an important technical collaboration agreement that will involve the district heating service of Cinisello Balsamo.
Starting from 2021, 30% of the energy distributed by ENGIE to the inhabitants of Cinisello Balsamo will be produced, from a circular economy perspective, by the Desio waste-to-energy plant, allowing a further reduction in emissions (CO2 and NOx) of about 30% compared to today.
The development of the service involves an investment of 5 million euros on the part of the two companies and represents an example of virtuous collaboration between public and private partners with a view to greater environmental protection and further savings for users.
THE WASTE ARE A RESOURCE
«We have set ourselves the ambition to accompany communities and companies in the transition to zero CO2 emissions. This agreement fully meets our objectives. It is a project that transforms waste thermal energy into a resource. It is a tailor-made solution because it meets the needs of the territory and is an advanced solution in the district heating sector because it allows a greater reduction in emissions».
Olivier Jacquier, CEO ENGIE Italy
«In 2018 we saved 32,000 tons of carbon dioxide in the area served with our company. The agreement signed with ENGIE goes in the same direction and allows a series of reciprocal advantages, in addition to the optimization of the mutual systems».
Daniela Mazzuconi, president of Brianza Energia Ambiente
MODERNIZATION AND ENVIRONMENT
The works for the networks connection will start in the second half of 2019 and will last less than a year. Starting from the 2021-22, BEA's thermal production surplus can be transferred to the Cinisello Balsamo network, further limiting the impact on the environment, bringing significant benefits to people.
At the same time we will modernize the Cinisello Balsamo plant by strengthening the storage system and creating an exchange station capable of interconnecting the two networks, also coordinating production.
«This agreement between the public and private sectors represents a major step towards the transition to zero CO2 emissions. We look with interest and favor on initiatives such as these that benefit the improvement of the quality of the air in the city and therefore for the benefit of the entire community. We need to invest in alternative energy sources that contribute to reducing atmospheric emissions».
Giacomo Ghirlardi, mayor of Cinisello Balsamo
Today the ENGIE district heating network of Cinisello Balsamo serves 18,000 inhabitants (for around 50 GWh per year) and guarantees the city a reduction of more than 25% in emissions of pollutants (CO2 and NOx) compared to traditional heating systems.
The Municipality also aims at electromobility, promoting the use of alternative means of transport to combustion engines, through a series of actions ranging from free parking for full-electric vehicles to the installation of charging stations in various areas of the city, the introduction of smart parking and mobility technologies.