Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic

Italian Energy Day

Building EU - MED transition pathways

This event will explore Italian, macro-regional and international energy issues based on the Council’s content and insight. Open to all, including the Council’s communities, global and Italian energy leaders and special guests, key sessions will include discussions on resilience, green finance, innovative-mobility, digitalisation and market design.

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September 12, 2018

Innovative Mobility

The transport sector is experiencing great innovations and the many actors involved are developing groundbreaking solutions for mobility. Technologies offers an extraordinary capacity for innovation both on the supply and demand side and the theme of how to set up the infrastructure needed is essential.

 

 

The transport sector is experiencing great innovations and the many actors involved are developing groundbreaking solutions for mobility. As Electric mobility is proving to play a key role especially in urban transport, natural gas and bio-gas (CNG and LNG) are offering sustainable solutions already available for areas where electric mobility is not naturally inclined, such as maritime and heavy road transport.

 

Sales of new electric cars worldwide surpassed 1 million units in 2017 – a record volume. This represents a growth in new electric car sales of 54% compared with 2016. The global stock of electric cars surpassed 3 million vehicles in 2017 after crossing the 1 million threshold in 2015 and the 2 million mark in 2016. It expanded by 56% compared with 2016. In 2017, China had the largest electric car stock: 40% of the global total. Electric vehicle (EV) uptake is closely mirrored by the growth of charging infrastructure In 2017, private chargers at residences and workplaces, estimated to number almost 3 million worldwide, were the most widely used charging installations for electric cars owned by households and fleets. Charging outlets on private property for fleets (primarily buses) number some 366 000 units, almost all in China.

 

As for the natural gas, the use of LNG as sustainable fuel is explained on the basis of its environmental and economic sustainability. If we limit ourselves to the consumption of heavy road transport, to maritime transport and to direct uses in industry, in Italy about 11% of final energy consumption  could be covered with liquid methane to replace traditional products in use. Approximately 110 LNG trucks are currently in circulation in the north of the country. According to market sources, around Piacenza station gravitate 75 trucks for an average of about 30 supplies a day, with loads between 150 and 200 kg of LNG each. In addition the use of CNG and bio-CNG for light-duty vehicles is an important solution for the reduction of local pollutants in city and metropolitan areas.

 

These technologies offer an extraordinary capacity for innovation both on the supply and demand side and make the theme of how to set up the infrastructure needed essential.

September 12, 2018

Security

Demand for secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy is increasing due to population growth, ongoing urbanisation and a growing global middle class. However, Energy Security is challenged by different threats these days.

Energy Security means continuous reliability of energy sources at an affordable price. In this regard, it becomes key promoting diversity, efficiency and flexibility for all fuels and energy sources.

Demand for secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy is increasing due to population growth, ongoing urbanisation and a growing global middle class. However, Energy Security is challenged by different threats these days.

 

First, increased decentralisation will confront the reliability and security of energy supply. This is related to concerns that maintaining system reliability will become increasingly complex and new approaches to system management, supported by improved digital technology, will be necessary to manage energy security challenges. This should provide opportunities to improve system resilience.

 

Furthermore, the emerging of physical, financial and virtual risks cause ever greater threats to the energy sector. These threats impact both the physical structures and the capital returns that are needed to improve energy systems towards a more sustainable future. Facing these challenges, policymakers, energy and finance leaders need to assess current approaches to energy investments and the financing of resilient energy infrastructures.

 

There are several measures that can mitigate the potential pervasive impact of emerging risks, and provide – in some instances – enhanced energy security: innovation in technology, system design and management, cross-country and cross-value-chain cooperation, required policies and financing concepts. If they are to reduce the risk-margins of energy investments, policymakers, energy leaders and the financial sector must reassess approaches across a number of areas, including risk assessment and modelling, better planning and design, increasing communication and collaboration.