Italy: Italy promises “brutal” cuts to red tape delaying renewable energy projects

Italy is set to introduce a series of measures to cut red tape to simplify the permissions process for new renewable energy projects, Ecology Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani said on Wednesday.

Italy’s byzantine authorisation process has slowed down the rollout of new green energy schemes, jeopardising access to EU recovery funds and the achievement of climate targets.

Rome, which needs to install up to 70 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity by 2030, is currently installing just 0.8 GW per year, in large part due to lengthy permitting times.

Cingolani said the new legislation, part of a series of structural reforms running parallel to Italy’s Recovery Plan to access the pandemic rebuilding funds from Brussels, would be ready by May 30.

“We are intervening … with very drastic measures … brutal,” he said, speaking with the foreign press in an online debate, giving an indication that the legislation could be far-reaching.

He said the government would decide on Thursday whether the decree at first would regard only energy transition or whether it would be broader.

Cingolani, who has worked in top scientific research centres focusing on robotics and artificial intelligence, also said Italy needed to be at the forefront of Europe’s drive to develop electric vehicle infrastructure.

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