The sixth Annual Energy Efficiency Report drawn up by ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, was presented on 11 July in Rome: a 2017 Energy Report with some negative aspects, but also many positive ones. Among all, the data of the last three years (2014 – 2016) relating to the Ecobonuses, which resulted in a million interventions for a total of 9.5 billion investments, of which more than a third in 2016 alone. In the same year, as many as 15,000 energy audits were carried out by Italian companies and an extraordinary +300% as regards applications for “Conto Termico” incentives made by Public Administrations.
One of the negative aspects highlighted by the 2017 Energy Report is the data regarding Public Administrations. Federico Testa, President of ENEA, stated the need for a “real leap in quality”: in fact, the consumption of Public Administrations is still higher than the national average, making it difficult to comply with the Energy Performance Directive, which will come into force in 2019. For this reason, ENEA, in agreement with the GSE, the Energy Services Manager, has created PA-Obiettivo efficienza energetica, a task force that will support Public Administrations in carrying out energy redevelopment interventions.
In fact, in 2016 alone, the energy bill of Public Administrations amounted to more than Euro 3.3 billion, of which 117 million were spent centrally, 1.85 billion peripherally, 220 million were spent in the provinces for building schools and 1.13 billion in healthcare facilities. By increasing energy efficiency, this figure could easily be reduced by at least 20%. This is the direction taken by Isopan, the European leader in the production of metal insulating panels, which, in 2014 alone, expanded its organisation with Isopan Rus, in Volgograd, Russia, and Isocindu, in Guanajuato, Mexico.
For the future of the construction industry, Isopan has developed LEAF technology, an innovative solution to coat buildings, which improves their energy performance: it is a Halogen – Free Flame Retardant technology that can reduce the environmental impact, CO2 emissions and save 20% of energy while increasing both insulation and safety. Moreover, Isopan insulating panels contribute to obtaining the LEED v4 Certification.