CESI CEO Domenico Villani partecipated at the Green&Blue Festival organized by La Repubblica. The festival will take place on 5 June in Rome at the Campidoglio and at the Colosseum Archaeological Park. It will continue from 6 to 8 June at the IBM Studios and the BAM (Biblioteca degli Alberi) in Milan. The festival aims to celebrate Environment Day and Oceans Day by exploring data, science, stories, and examples.
During the event, Villani debated on stage with Riccardo Luna director of Italian Tech and Green & Blue and moderator of the event. At the center of the discussion was the role of #gas in the energy transition: "Is gas the right way? It is a strategy chosen by Europe as an alternative to fuel oils and coal, in a complementary way to renewables. But it cannot be the main solution, it must only be an accompanying one. The extra gas still represents extra CO2," Villani explained.
Asked about #climatewarning, the CEO of CESI told how there is "concern about climate change, also because of the difference between the choices of countries around the world. An example: 2050 for us Europeans is the year of zero emissions. For India it is 2070, a striking difference. Europe and Italy are taking major actions to meet the targets. We always tend to criticize ourselves, but we are doing very positive things." Villani also spoke on the issue of renewables, on which Italy is working very well, recalling how our country was among the first to commit to renewable technologies in the 1990s, stressing how there is really a chance, in this sense, to become an energy hub in the European Union.
Finally, the topic of #nuclear was also touched upon. For Villani, "it is useful to invest in research on Generation IV nuclear, even if this will be a long-term solution, beyond the next ten years, critical for decarbonization."
The event began with a presentation by experimental physicist Roberto Battiston. Other notable participants included: Nicola Lanzetta, Italy Director of Enel Group; Agostino Re Rebaudengo, President of Elettricità Futura; Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of the A2A group; Frank Meyer, CEO of E.ON; Nicola Monti, CEO of Edison; Marco Magnifico, President of Fai; Ettore Prandini, President of Coldiretti; Sergio Olivero, President of the CER Scientific Committee of Magliano Alpi; Nicola Armaroli, Research Director of the ISOF-CNR Institute; Giulia Monteleone, Head of the Energy Production, Storage and Use Division of ENEA; Gianni Silvestrini, Scientific Director of the Kyoto Club; Riccardo Desalvo, Senior Advisor of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation; Antonio Zoccoli, President of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics; Federico Boschi, Head of the Energy Department of MASE; and Stefano Pareglio, Chairman of Deloitte Climate & Sustainability.
For more, Villani's speech can be found at the following link: https://video.repubblica.it/green-and-blue/dossier/festival-di-green-blue-2023/g-and-b-festival-2023-villani-cesi-l-energia-sia-accogliente-il-gas-puo-essere-complementare-ma-non-la-soluzione-principale/446462/447428