The Green Electrification of Sardinia: a global benchmark

Published on Wednesday, 2 February 2022

“The replacement of fossil fuels with renewables and the electrification of consumption are two strategic levers of the energy transition. Thanks to its particular characteristics, Sardinia can forge ahead on this development pathway and become an early mover in establishing a more sustainable model of energy production and consumption. This will have positive knock-on effects for the environment, employment and the local area.”

– Nicola Lanzetta, Head of Country Italy

The inhabitants of Sardinia will therefore be able to cook, heat their homes and travel around in a way that is not only sustainable but also economically advantageous. “We can see it clearly in the figures: if household consumption is based on total electrification, it emits 80% less CO2 into the atmosphere and this almost halves a family’s energy costs. The same is true for businesses, although the percentage is slightly lower, with savings of 20%.”

Greater energy efficiency, financial savings and fewer polluting emissions are all extremely pertinent issues that are closely connected to climate change, which is also affecting the island. Indeed, rising temperatures are causing extreme weather events in Sardinia. This point was highlighted by Professor Nigel Tapper of Monash University (Australia), a member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the group of scientists that, together with Al Gore, won the Novel Peace Prize for research into global warming. “The Mediterranean area is a hotspot of change and this project led by Enel is a unique opportunity for Sardinia to be an example for the world in how to reduce emissions to tackle climate change. The real value of this project is that for the first time ever on a regional scale it proposes a series of technical solutions for everyone, businesses and individuals alike, to reduce emissions into the atmosphere and, at the same time, improve quality of life with full respect for the local area.”

Aiming for sustainable tourism

The project is therefore beneficial to the environment, as well as to Sardinia’s economy, especially when we consider the importance of tourism. This was emphasized by Nicola Lanzetta, who said: “Just think, for example, of the sea, boats, ports, and imagine how much could be done in terms of electrification so that these activities become less polluting, noisy and expensive. Sardinia can achieve ‘best in class’ status like the Balearics, Hawaii and Tasmania, which have already embarked upon this transition.”

Thanks to our commitment in synergy with public and private actors, this region can become unique in the Mediterranean, representing a reference model to replicate in other geographical areas. In order to achieve this goal, the Rossi-Doria Center will continue to monitor electrification on behalf of the UN, sourcing from the project tangible solutions for the energy transition on a national and international scale.

 

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