Italy’s energy transition ‘not taking off’, warns national agency

Italy is failing to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, amid a slowing rate of renewable energy installation and rising energy prices, the country’s energy agency has warned

Italy is failing to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, amid a slowing rate of renewable energy installation and rising energy prices, the country’s energy agency has warned.

In an analysis of the national energy system in the first half of 2019, the Italian energy agency ENEA estimates that CO2 emissions were slightly higher than over the same period last year, attributing the rise to a growth in gas consumption and lower renewable power output. That was mainly due to a collapse in hydropower production, down 17%, due to prolonged drought conditions, the agency states.

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