The engagement of citizens in sustainable energy. Sharing successful experiences across Europe

the engagement of citizens in sustainable energy sharing successful experiences across europe

Brussels, European Parliament – 1st February 2017

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Introduction
To reduce greenhouse effect gas emission at least of the 20% compared to 1990 levels; to get the 20% of the whole energy from clean energy; to improve energetic efficiency of the 20%. Which role can play citizens to contribute to reach these EU goals in climate and energy issues in the coming years and decades?

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented its “Clean Energy for All” package, a set of policy initiatives and legislative proposals that aim to help the EU reach the 40% decarbonisation target by 2030.

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The role of Acquirente Unico in the electricity market

Acquirente Unico (AU) was set up in order to ensure electricity supply to the customers of the captive market (d.lgs n. 79/1999).
In establishing AU, the law-makers took into account that the Italian electricity sector is characterised by vertically-integrated distribution and generation companies. Indeed, the former incumbent and municipally-owned companies are involved in both the generation and distribution business. In this situation, AEEG (the Italian electricity & gas regulator) would have been unable to determine the price of electricity on the basis of the procurement costs of distributors, who would have had no interest in minimising the costs of electricity supply.

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Sustainability: Meeting the Challenges of European Citizens’ Mobility from a Civic Point of View

For the Sustainability and the New Automotive Value Chain, Active Citizenship Network participated at the International Symposium on Sustainability on 16-17 October 2014 held at the Venice International University.
Active Citizenship Network presented a research on a survey in 8 countries (Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain)  on the following four topics: social sustainability, economical sustainability, environmental sustainability and passenger rights.

  • social sustainability: accessibility to transport, presence/absence of alternatives to private individual mobility, architectural barriers, traffic congestion, noise pollution, safety, etc.;
  • economical sustainability: transport accessibility accessed from an economic point of view, therefore addressed as an expense for the city;
  • environmental sustainability: issues relating to the environmental impact of transport and the promotion of non-polluting vehicles such as bicycles or vehicles powered by alternative fuels, as well as the promotion of new ways of driving;
  • passenger rights: non-discrimination, accuracy, timeliness, accessibility to information, solving inefficiencies and most importantly knowing one’s rights aspassenger.

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The event has been advertised in the following online newspapers: Ansa.it, EconomiaItaliana, La NuovaVenezia, Il Giornale.it and 86che.com.

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Italian Consumers Organization wrote to the EU Commissioner Vera Jourovà

In occasion of the European Consumer Day of last March 16, the main Italian Consumers Organization involved in the “National Council of Consumers and Users”, consultative group at the Ministry of Economic Development, wrote to the EU Commissioner on Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality in order to recall the attention for a greater involvement of consumer associations of all the member states.

In an indirect way, Italian Consumers Organization believe that BEUC cannot represent by itself EU consumers’ point of view.

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An international recognition for AU and the entire Italian System

The document issued by the European Union contains recognition for both Acquirente Unico (AU) and the entire Italian system. This acknowledgment serves as an important international recognition of a legal and organizational framework that promotes the harmonious development of the energy market, in full respect of competition and consumer protection. Moreover, it must be emphasized that this document was issued subsequent to the final closing of the infringement procedure that the EU Commission moved to Italy on the founding criteria of the enhanced protection system of the electricity market, in force in our country and at the base of the activity of AU.

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