Enel's innovative business line and the Association of 3,505 Italian municipalities will develop activities and programs for energy efficiency, public lighting and electric mobility
Rome, April 7th, 2021 - Enel X, the Enel Group's global business line that offers innovative solutions in support of energy transition, and ASMEL, the Association for Subsidiarity and Modernization of Local Authorities (from the Italian, l’Associazione per la Sussidiarietà e la Modernizzazione degli Enti Locali), have signed an agreement to support energy transition. Its goals are to promote initiatives among local authorities for the creation and management of energy communities, the energy upgrading of public and private buildings, public lighting and the spread of electric mobility. The agreement is also open to other parties interested in sustainability projects.
"Thanks to the agreement with ASMEL, we are giving a decisive boost to the transition of Italian municipalities towards smarter and more sustainable urban models," says Augusto Raggi, Head of Enel X Italia. "An initiative through which we again show our focus on and closeness to the local area. These are very important aspects of the business strategy of Enel X, which develops the best solutions for energy efficiency, electrification of consumption and the spread of electric mobility, making them accessible to all."
"ASMEL, with over ten years of experience in the modernization of municipal services,” explains Francesco Pinto, Secretary-General of the Association, “is entering the Protocol to bring innovation in the sustainable energy sector to local authorities that are still lagging behind. Moreover, municipalities can make substantial savings thanks to energy efficiency and shared production of renewable energy, generating new revenue to be used in services to citizens. New revenues that the authorities badly need, after so many years of spending reviews."
Thanks to Enel X's commitment to developing smart solutions for energy efficiency, public lighting and electric mobility, and ASMEL's deep roots in local areas, initiatives will be implemented in support of the sustainable growth of Italian municipalities. The training and spread of energy communities, with particular focus on the management of energy consumption from renewable sources; the upgrading and energy efficiency of public and private buildings, with the installation of new photovoltaic systems or the optimization of existing ones; the modernization of the lighting systems of monuments, historical buildings and national heritage sites of artistic and architectural interest.
ASMEL has been providing support to municipalities for some time, including for the purchase of LED lightbulbs and photovoltaic systems. As well as these activities, training courses will be launched for local authority administrators and employees with experts from the Enel X e-mobility team and the industry, to make the authorities aware of the adoption of technological solutions that encourage the spread of electric mobility.
Enel X is the global business line of the Enel Group that provides services to accelerate innovation and drive the energy transition. A world leader in advanced energy solutions, Enel X operates demand response services, with approximately 6 GW of total capacity and 124 MW of installed storage capacity worldwide, as well as approximately 175,000 public and private charging points for electric vehicles globally. By offering advanced solutions, including energy management, financial services and e-mobility, Enel X provides each partner with a customized ecosystem of technology platforms and consulting services, based on the principles of sustainability and the circular economy. The aim is to provide people, communities, institutions and companies with an alternative model, which respects the environment and integrates technological innovation into everyday life. Each solution is designed to turn the goals of decarbonization, electrification and digitalization into sustainable actions for everyone, in order to build a more sustainable and efficient world together.
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ASMEL, Association for Subsidiarity and the Modernization of Local Authorities, was founded in 2010 by networking the Municipalities and enhancing the constitutional principles of subsidiarity and autonomy of local Authorities. The associative action is in fact based on the awareness that Local Authorities are the bodies of proximity to citizens and, as such, they live the territory with extreme participation. Therefore, the energies that emanate from it through a pervasive and cooperative approach, certainly not prescriptive and centralist, must be valued. In the first 10 years of life, the Association has already exceeded 3,500 members, 44% of the municipalities in Italy. A growth process resulting from the ability to represent and protect the concrete interests of the members in all locations.