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TheSEAP – Sustainable Energy Action Plan, is composed by the following elements:
- the municipal energy balance (it shows the energy consumed by sector and energy carrier);
- the carbon dioxide (CO2) emission balance;
- the mapping of energy inefficiencies (energy zoning of the built environment);
- the mapping of possible renewable energy developments (solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal);
- the definition of the objectives and deadlines for the period 2011-2020 with the recognition of public-private actions necessaries to reduce the CO2 emissions of at least the 20% all over the municipality.
Moreover, the plan envisage:
- to analyze the energy consumption of the public sector (public lighting, public buildings and assets)
- to find the adequate methods to foster energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy with the support of the municipal administration.
Why the SEAP is necessary?
The instability of the oil price and the worsening greenhouse gas effect due to the oil use, pushes increasingly towards a new environmental conscious awareness (and knowledge), in the direction of what many consider a real “energy revolution”. The renewable energy sources, main protagonist of this green revolution, represent a glaring ethic, social and environmental opportunity. Their non-planned use, conversely, may risult in a risk for the loss of natural ecosystems and detriment of landscapes, here considered as an expression of the local identity and culture. It is in the direction of a thoughtful planning of the interventions that energy planning is aimed to. This discipline consider, primarily, the characteristics of the territory, both in critical terms (obsolete energy consumption) that in chances (presence and employability of renewable sources). Ultimate goal is to combine the growth opportunities offered by the renewable energies with the territory peculiarities, defending the capacity of the available natural resources.
The choice to bet on a sustainable energy policy, made of efficiency and renewable energy development, offers several gains. Primarily, environmental benefits, as the drop in the use of fossil fuels, may result in a reduction of gases responsible for the greenhouse gas effect, and in a reduction of pollutants, particularly harmful for the human health (according to the WHO, fine dust is responsible for about 300.000 death every year). Moreover, the desirable “green revolution” at the local level, can determine several economic benefits. Direct and tangible benefits, as the drop in energy spendings of public bodies and families, and the integration of the income thanks to the energy produced. Not less important, indirect benefits, are the conversion of the traditional industry to the new activities of the green economy (producers and installers of pv panels, solar panels, thermal insulation, …). Consequently, a new energy culture can represent the fastest way to get out of the economic crisis, and to become an industrial alternative that can last for long, as energy will be produced and managed locally.