Active participation in round tables

We are committed to working with institutions, either directly or through business associations, and actively take part in collaborative round tables.

Over the year we have signed up to significant guideline documents, included those aimed at EU institutions to support the electrification of energy consumption, which we believe to be the most effective method of decarbonising the energy system.

We have also organised events in Italy and the UK aimed at discussing the evolution of renewable energy, involving key figures in the Italian and international institutional sphere.These include the two round tables in the UK and the "The wind of energy transition: deep dive into European and national wind energy perspectives" event organised by the World Energy Council Italy, held in Rome.

Furthermore, in 2019 we took part - both directly and through associated debates - in all of the most important public consultations in Italy and the European countries with most relevance to our business.

The consultations in Italy include those held by the Italian Energy Authority, government departments, the Italian national grid operator (Terna), the Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE) and the Gestore dei Mercati Energetici (GME). The internal activity aimed at developing our contribution to the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) in May 2019 was of particular note, representing a unique opportunity to impress upon Italian institutions the importance of the development of renewable electricity, the simplification of the authorisation process and the implementation of appropriate support mechanisms, with a particular focus on repowering existing plants.

We also had the opportunity to re-emphasise the importance of prioritising the renewal of wind farms. Business initiatives such as these focus on the windiest sites whose renewal would considerably increase renewable generation without the need to expand land use.
    In November 2019, in collaboration with the Italian National Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC), Elettricità Futura, ANEV and E2i, we organised a closed-door seminar on the role of the wind sector in energy transition.

    This major international event provided the opportunity for structured dialogue between multiple stakeholders, including national and international institutions, organisations and businesses operating in the European wind energy sector, enabling the sharing of experiences and information on policies, regulations, wind farm development programmes, best practices and innovative business models.

    The debate was attended by representatives of IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency), Wind Europe, Energy Ministers from the UK, Estonia, Italy and the European Commission, as well as leading Italian associations and businesses such as Elettricità Futura, ANEV, GSE, ERG, E2i, ENEL and CESI. The seminar highlighted that according to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA, by 2040 renewable energy will meet 40% of the global demand for electricity. This aspect, combined with increased electrification and energy efficiency measures, will help to reduce over 90% of the CO2 emissions linked to the energy sector.

    The World Energy Council also presented the results of the Europe-wide "Report on Spatial Planning Principles and Technical Restrictions for Wind Park Developments" which explored policy, regulations and standards for the development of wind farms in 11 countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain and Sweden) according to the updated regulatory framework relative to the regional planning of wind farms, technical requirements and restrictions for the construction of wind generators and possible compensation schemes and community engagement initiatives.

    The seminar also presented the opportunity to emphasise the importance, in view of the 2030 targets outlined the National Energy and Climate Plans presented by various EU member states, of optimising a natural, renewable and available natural resource such as wind energy as part of Europe's energy transition. In this regard, it is worth noting that - as outlined in the "Charter for Sustainable Wind Power Renewal", the revised version of which was presented during the Key Wind 2019 event held in Rimini (of which ERG is a major sponsor) - the promotion of activities to renew wind farms will ensure further momentum towards the development of renewable energies while simultaneously protecting and optimising the advantages for the local communities affected.
    Together with the main stakeholders in the European electricity sector guided by Eurelectric, the European electricity association, ERG signed an advocacy initiative to support energy electrification, a key tool in the achievement of the decarbonisation aim defined by the European Green Deal promoted by the European Commission.

    This led to the creation of the Electrification Alliance, founded with the aim of raising awareness among European institutions and civil society of the opportunities to intensify the use of electricity produced by renewables as an alternative to fossil fuels.

    As shown by the twenty years of development of renewable energies, electricity has proven to be the best carrier for increasing the use of renewable energy in a simple and cost-effective way. Furthermore, using electricity offers better returns in terms of energy performance, reducing the overall demand for energy in major sectors with high electrification potential such as transport, heating and cooling.

    The principles of the Alliance were formalised in the Declaration of Electrification Alliance, presented in Brussels on 6 November 2019 as part of the "Powering the European Green Deal" event, attended by the current Director General for Energy of the European Commission, Ditte Juul- Jørgensen.