Climate change and air quality: Enel X at the Annual Kyoto Club Conference

Thirteen years have passed since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, the international treaty on global warming agreed by sovereign states in Kyoto, Japan. On the occasion of this anniversary, on 16 February, the Kyoto Club organised the conference “Climate change, mobility policies and air quality in large Italian cities” in Rome.

The meeting, sponsored by the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, was introduced by Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont and President of TERNA and the Kyoto Club, and was attended by representatives of institutions, academia and the corporate world.

Francesco Venturini, Chairman and CEO of Enel X, described the Group’s experience as a first mover in the revolutionary field of electric mobility, presenting details of the National Plan for the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, launched by Enel X on 9 November 2017 at the Vallelunga racing circuit.

The morning of the event saw the presentation of the 2018 MOBILITARIA study, a document drafted by the Kyoto Club and the Italian Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA) on mobility policies and air quality in 14 Italian metropolitan cities. The cities with fewer cars, according to the report, are Venice, Genoa, Milan, Florence and Bologna. The document noted that in the period 2006-2016, there were improvements of between 36% and 45% in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions in Bari, Bologna, Catania and Reggio Calabria. The cities of Florence, Naples, Venice and Palermo recorded improvements of less than 20%. As far as the values for fine particles (PM2.5) are concerned, Bologna, Naples, Rome and Cagliari are the cities that have experienced the most significant reductions, while the results for Milan, Turin and Venice remain high.

The Chairman and CEO of Enel X, Mr Venturini, also pointed out that the electric mobility business represents not only an opportunity for the environment, but also an opportunity for growth for the entire production chain connected to it, as well as providing a tangible contribution to the development of a flexible and distributed energy system.