National Energy and Climate Plan, a series of video interviews to understand how it will affect our lives

National Energy and Climate Plan, a series of video interviews to understand how it will affect our lives

A series of interviews conducted by Green&Blue to understand what Pniec is, a mysterious acronym on which, however, our energy and climate future will depend. And a conference organized by Ecco, the Italian think tank on the climate, to urge politics to take care of it. These are two initiatives being set up just as the countdown for the integrated national energy and climate plan begins today. The deadlines awaiting the Italian government are approaching: by June the Plan will have to be presented to the European Commission so that it can be approved by the EU, possibly modified, and finally approved definitively by the end of 2023.

National energy and climate plan (Pniec): how it will affect our lives

But the journey, at least formally, begins today, March 15: the European governments should in fact send a progress report to Brussels, a report on the progress made so far in drafting their respective Pniec. As it turns out, Italy is already late on this first appointment. Actually, our country has a Pniec. The problem is that it is now dramatically obsolete, having been launched when the climate crisis appeared (at least to politics) less urgent and when the targets for emission cuts dictated by the European Union were completely different. In fact, the current version of the Plan records a 40% reduction in CO22 emitted by 2030, while the new EU targets are 55% by the end of the decade and 100% by 2050. A further 15% of greenhouse gases to be reduced which will make a big difference. For businesses and families. Because the Pniec, once rewritten, will be the framework within which to frame all national measures with possible repercussions on the environment. Whether it is a new law on the energy efficiency of homes, on the type of cars with which we will move around in the decades to come, on the energy sources with which we will produce our electricity, every law passed in Italy must be consistent with the new Energy Plan and climate.


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Yet, despite the tight deadlines, few talk about it, starting with the politicians, perhaps convinced, even they, that it is a matter for insiders. "And instead, given the repercussions it will have on our lives, the Pniec concerns everyone, it belongs to everyone", says Matteo Leonardi, co-founder of Ecco and executive director for national policies. "Parliament is called to exercise its role as guarantor of all the demands of society, promoting a public debate". Precisely to raise awareness of politics, Ecco has organized a conference open to the public in the Chamber on 21 March next.

In parallel Green&Blue, in collaboration with Ecco, will follow the process of the new Pniec between now and June with a series of video interviews with climatologists, economists, trade unionists and ministers. Objective: to help readers understand what is at stake with the new Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan. First date today, with Clare DiMambrohead of decarbonisation policies at Ecco: "The plan is an opportunity. And it concerns everyone".

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