renewable energy produced
equivalent to the consumption
of 182 thousand families
carbon footprint
for energy production compared
to 2015, aiming at -23% by 2022
tons of greenhouse gas avoided

Promotion of energy efficiency

Scenario and policies

Why it is important

World energy consumption is steadily increasing with significant effects on greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption.

Europe is the largest importer of energy in the world, in a context where fossil fuel prices (oil and natural gas) are volatile and rising. Setting up energy efficiency measures allows countries to increase their competitiveness and leads to growth in employment, as well as producing environmental benefits. Despite having achieved excellent energy efficiency results, Italy has a significant amount of old and inefficient residential and public buildings with high operation and maintenance costs.


increase in global energy demand within 2040 based on the current scenario


residential buildings in Italy over 40 years of age. They account for 28% of consumption


tonnes of CO2 equivalent saved in Europe between 2000 and 2016 as a result of energy efficiency measures


direct jobs created on a yearly basis in Italy thanks to building restoration and energy redevelopment


global water consumption due to electricity production


energy import rate in Europe in 2030

Europe: energy efficiency goals and policies

“Clean energy for all Europeans”, which was presented by the European Commission in 2016, addressed new measures to reduce energy consumption, such as increasing the energy consumption reduction target to 30%, extending the mandatory annual saving scheme and developing a roadmap for the renovation of buildings (which will be valid until 2050).

European targets for reducing energy compared to projections in the absence of new policies 20% on the basis of the scenario Estimated in 2012 as at 2020 30% “Clean energy for all” 2016 as at 2030

Italy looks towards 2030

In 2017, Italy updated the National Energy Strategy, welcoming the proposal of the highly challenging target to reduce consumption by 30% in 2030. The goal is to promote energy saving measures in the most critical sectors (civil and transport), in order to reduce CO2 emissions and energy dependence, while ensuring security of supply.

Europe is on the road to achieving the 2020 and 2030 goals (figures in Mtoe, millions of tonnes of oil equivalent)

Expected final energy consumption with and without application of the 2017 National Energy Strategy measures (Mtoe)

A strategic energy saving tool: White certificates (yearly national saving targets in Mtoe)