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In Italy, the Forum European Energy Award e.V. has cooperated with the private, Genova-based company SPES Consulting for a number of years. Since 2016, SPES Consulting and the Agency for Energy South Tyrol – CasaClima, a public body of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, are the two official licensees of the eea programme in Italy.

The Agency for Energy South Tyrol – CasaClima adopted the eea methodology within the framework of the KlimaGemeinde/ComuneClima programme backed by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano. The programme supports South Tyrol’s municipalities in implementing climate protection and energy efficiency measures that contribute to the realization of the policy framework Climate Strategy – South Tyrol Energy 2050.

Status of the eea in Italy

Currently, 29 Italian municipalities participate in the eea programme: 22 in the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Trentino-Alto Adige and Tuscany regions and 7 in Liguria (these municipalities are still certified because of a former cooperation with a Ligurian partner). 477,000 people benefit from the eea system in their municipalities. In early 2016, there were 20 eea-certified municipalities – 10 in the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Trentino-Alto Adige and Tuscany regions and 7 in Liguria. In 2014, Brunico was the first Italian municipality to be awarded the eea Gold, and in 2015 two more municipalities, Montaione (Tuscany) and Saint Denis (Aosta Valley), achieved this ambitious target.

The municipalities that take part in the eea programme are supported by external professionals, that have received advanced training courses provided by SPES and the Agency for Energy South Tyrol – CasaClima.

Regions with participating municipalities:

  • Aosta Valley
  • Liguria
  • Piedmont
  • Trentino-Alto Adige
  • Tuscany