Enel X and Pittini-Acciaierie di Verona: when energy efficiency meets the steel industry
Published on Wednesday, 30 January 2019
Even the very largest industrial players are now beginning to apply energy efficiency best practices. The SEN (National Energy Strategy) and the growing costs of ETS (Emission Trading System) have put quite severe time limits on implementing industrial decarbonisation in Italy. The result is that our big energy-hungry businesses, such as those in the steel industry, are developing new more efficient and sustainable consumption models. As a major Italian industrial company that has been in business for over a century, Acciaierie di Verona (Verona Steelworks) is affected by the Masterplan that was launched in 2016 and which is due to run until 2021. This plan will involve updating the technology used in the plants and upgrading infrastructure with the aim of boosting production quality, improving working environments, increasing overall the efficiency of the facilities and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
This is why the PITTINI Group made the decision to entrust itself to the expertise of Enel X and its Energy Diagnosis services to analyse and optimise consumption at the Verona production site. PITTINI is the leading brand in steel production for the construction and mechanical engineering industry with an output capacity of over three million tonnes from 19 production units across Italy and abroad. For the PITTINI Group, however, this decision extends well beyond simply complying with a legal obligation: it is a very deliberate and genuine choice to hone its production with a specific responsibility for and focus on the environment, particularly in the case of facilities in urban settings such as the one in Verona.
Enel X has begun analysing the production process at the industrial hub, examining the peculiarities and management methods in the plants to evaluate all the critical issues involved and to highlight margins for improvement in terms of energy efficiency. Particular attention is being paid to the existing monitoring system to ensure that it complies with the minimum coverage level recommendations made by ENEA (the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development). Another area of focus is pinpointing various energy efficiency measures to put in place in order to achieve tangible savings in both electricity and natural gas. These would flank the measures already implemented by Acciaierie di Verona itself, which have been authorised for Energy Efficiency Credits (White Certificates) by the ESM, Energy Services Manager.
Enel X will go into greater depth with the more significant efficiency measures in the final phase of the Energy Diagnosis. This will enable it to make proposals to Acciaierie di Verona regarding the implementation of those measures through ESCO (Energy Service Company) formula contracts. These contractual modalities would see Enel X undertaking the design, creation and management of the measures, thereby guaranteeing the established energy performance levels and creating earnings for the client through sharing the economic benefits generated by the measures themselves.
Enel X’s contribution will not be limited merely to economic aspects, however. Its analyses and proposals will also have environmental impacts through the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions during the production process.