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29 April 2015

From the ACEEE report on energy efficiency: Italy gets the silver medal after Germany

To win first place we need to take action on making commercial buildings more efficient

Today, crisis-struck Italy has something to smile about, at least when it comes to energy efficiency: according to an international study we have come second in the global rankings.

Italy has won silver, finishing just behind the undisputed champions Germany in the global league table compiled by the non-profit American Council for Energy Efficiency (ACEEE), which evaluated 16 countries worldwide.

In this analysis of domestic consumption, which looks at the biggest economies in the world, the runners-up were the countries of Europe and the combined result for the whole EU, followed by China and France.

The study analyzes thirty parameters divided into four main categories: national energy metrics and consumption in the building sector, transport and industry.

While Germany has made energy efficiency a real goal for its economy, the United States is progressing rather slowly: they are in thirteenth place ahead of Russia, Brazil and Mexico, while Italy and China are making huge strides. This, in essence, was the observation of Steven Nadel, Executive Director of ACEEE, during his presentation of the report.

Sensitive to these issues, Fumagalli Food Industries S.p.A., will this year build a cogeneration plant that will maximize consumption, with significant savings in terms of economic and environmental resources.

But what are the areas where our country still needs to improve?

The construction sector, and commercial buildings in particular, could do better. While residential buildings in Italy consume an amount of energy per square meter that is equal or similar to other European states, consumption for commercial buildings is significantly higher.

To increase energy efficiency in this area, the ACEEE recommends establishing a compulsory programme of labelling buildings, which includes equipment and industrial machinery as part of the standard for energy consumption.

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