Agreement between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Snam: towards a greener future

27.09.2020 – 17.00 – The central objective of the Memorandum of Understanding signed today in Trieste between the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and Snam (an Italian energy infrastructure company), with the President Massimiliano Fedriga and the Managing Director of the company, Marco Alverà, the Minister of Economic Development Stefano Patuanelli and the Regional Councillor for the Environment Fabio Scoccimarro, is the development and implementation of initiatives to promote energy transition in our Region, encouraging the use of new renewable sources such as hydrogen and biomethane, supporting sustainable mobility and contributing to the redevelopment of cities through energy efficiency.
The already operational agreement will last 24 months and acts on two fronts, as highlighted by Patuanelli: on the one hand, energy efficiency and therefore the reduction of waste, on the other hand, the “production, storage and transport of energy from sources that do not produce pollution and in particular do not emit Co2″, in line with the so-called Green New Deal, i.e. the long-term strategic vision of the European Union for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050.

“It is clear that Covid-19 has highlighted the need to intervene in the energy sector”, highlighting a number of weaknesses, including those relating to climate change. “The time is ripe for governments’ actions to be consistent with the objectives” and this protocol “is an example of how this transition process should be carried out”, concluded the Minister.
With regard to the objectives set by the Green New Deal, the Region, together with the current Council, “wants to focus on the future of this territory”, highlighted Fedriga. This is,combined with the research and innovation system, particularly rooted in Friuli Venezia Giulia “an added value” he explained, at the centre of one of the most ambitious objectives of the Protocol, which sees “the development of a hydrogen research centre as a catalyst for the growth of a supply chain dedicated to energy sources with low environmental impact”.
We hope, he concluded, that the agreement “can achieveimportant results for the economy of Friuli Venezia Giulia, because research and innovation are the heart” of the Region “and must represent the future of this territory”.

Today’s signing represents the start of a “new Snam“, explained Alverà, who, however, “does not leave or deny the past” but “looks to that world with zero emissions”.
Specifically, it will operate in four directions, i.e. the points on which the Protocol itself focuses; gas and hydrogen mobility for ships, trains, trucks, cars “and above all for local public transport“; biomethane, i.e. energy from waste, and therefore the transformation of environmental, urban, agricultural and industrial production waste into renewable energy; energy efficiency and therefore the “redevelopment of apartment blocks, buildings, industrial structures and public places” and finally hydrogen.
A sector, the one linked to hydrogen, “which starts practically from scratch” and which, as a future “substitute for methane and oil, will form between 20 and 30% of the world’s energy demand in 2050“, he explained.
“We need to focus a lot on research and innovation and on those industrial contexts where there is not only the propensity to do research but where there is also the ability to combine research with industry and this Region” concluded Alverà “has always shown that it knows how to innovate”.

Nicole Petrucci

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