Sustainable energy development, competitiveness and security of supply. These are the three fundamental objectives of EU energy policy, as highlighted by the Green Paper on Energy, published in 2007 by the EU Commission and containing precisely the Commission's vision for an energy strategy in Europe.

The EU consumes more and more energy and it imports more and more energy products. The European production is insufficient to cover the EU' s energy needs and the dependence on external energy is growing.

The EU aims to increase the use of renewable resources (solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, wave and tidal and biomass) not only to limit dependence on conventional fossil fuels by ensuring certainty in energy supply, but also to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify the energy market and also to allow remote areas to access to energy resources.

It deals with the facilitation of the so-called Sustainable Development, defines in 1992 during the conference in Rio de Janeiro as the "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

In Directive 2001/77/EC "Promotion of electricity from renewable sources", is set as goal the satisfaction, within 2010, of a share of 12% of gross domestic energy consumption and 22% of that of electricity through the use of renewable sources. To achieve these results in the directive are given differentiated goals for each Member State and Italy has set itself to achieve, within 2010, a share of 22% of electricity national output.

The Legislative Decree of 29 December 2003 No. 387 transposed the Directive 2001/77/EC and has introduced a series of measures to overcome problems related to the market of the  different sources of renewable energy.

Today, renewable sources are no longer just a hope for the future, but a reality in strong development. Even in the midst of obstacles and problems of various kinds, also our Country is moving in this direction and may use funds allocated by the EU for renewable and energy efficiency.

In 2003 in Italy the gross production of electricity from plants using renewable sources has reached a value of 47,971 GWh. Overall, the percentage of electricity from plants using renewable sources reached 16.3%.

The use of alternative energy has become increasingly important to curb pollution, even after the entry into force in 2005, of the Kyoto Protocol (developed in 1997), in which more than 160 countries around the world have set themselves the goal of facing the threat of global warming and climate change.



The “Langhe Monferrato Roero Countryside and Literary Park” project promotes the countryside and cultural heritage of Lower Piedmont through an itinerary that integrates several different “literary itineraries” to discover the places where some famous authors worked and lived.


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