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Brindisi, Italy

Region: Brindisi
Country: Italy
Leader: ENEA

About the study

Brindisi is a city in the region of Apulia in southern Italy. One third of electricity generated by coal-fired power plants in Italy comes from the region, which is 14% of the electricity production in Italy. The most important Italian steel company is based in Taranto and it is responsible for 24% of Italian total CO2 emissions. The following points sum-up the background of the case study.

  1. Apulia is the second Italian Region in term of installed renewable energy capacity. 100% of the Municipalities own at least one renewable source plant on their territoryin Apulia; On the Apulian territory, there are 43,000 renewable energy plants (total electricity production is 10,000 GWh/year, it covers the needs of around 3,700,000 families).
  2. The Brindisi A2A coal-fired power plant has been closed since 2013 and a project of carbon CCS cocombustion is at study and under environmental impact evaluation by the Ministry. Citizens, as well as Apulia Region and Brindisi Province, oppose this project. In 2017 A2A hypothesized a new conversion project to RES power and waste organic fraction treatment. Uncovered storage of carbon from the plant is one of the major sources of pollution and diseases in Apulia.

Local support

Province of Brindisi Council, Comune di Brindisi (Energy Department of Comune di Brindisi), ENEL, Legambiente and DiTNE (for a local technical support).