Policy status:Planned
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multi-Sectoral Policy
Description:In June 2007, the Italian parliaments environment committee set out a comprehensive action plan aimed at helping Italy comply with greenhouse gas reduction targets under the Kyoto protocol. Among the proposals was a ban on the sale of household appliances ranked below A on the EU energy efficiency labelling scale. Appliances with an efficiency below A on the EU scale would be removed from sale by 2010, and low efficiency incandescent light bulbs would be banned from 2012. The industrial sector would be encouraged to switch to low energy devices and install more efficient engines and motors. Small and medium sized firms would be targeted. Energy saving would be encouraged through various incentives aimed at industrial and domestic consumers. Under a new system of energy tariffs, heavy users and daytime users would pay more per unit of energy. The committee also proposed a 10% increase in waste recycling and says this could prevent 4m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. It further sought a shift in goods transport to rail from road, which currently carries 85% of goods traffic. The plan was later endorsed by the lower house, but would now have to be taken up by the government as national policy.

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