Gross domestic product has increased by 150% in Europe over the past thirty years. However, overall energy consumption has stayed predominantly steady, due in part to energy efficiency technologies, low population growth and decreased industrial production.
Decarbonisation of the production and use of energy is also increasing, with overall investments in this sector jumping from EUR 27 billion in 2004 to EUR 408 billion 2020 (Blomberg 2021, citing US$33 billion and US$500 billion respectively).
But even this might not be enough to achieve the European Commission’s ambitious targets for 2030 and 2050. We need to define new economic, regulatory and behavioural models that focus on decarbonisation, where an increasingly important role will be played by digitisation, electrification, decentralisation, the responsibility of producers and consumers, and the reuse and recycling of resources.
It is therefore necessary to involve local authorities and coordinate their policies with those at regional and national level. The concepts that underpin energy efficiency, sustainable management of consumer goods and waste, such as maintenance and recycling, must become paradigms of behaviour for both companies and families.
ISINNOVA’s deep experience in the areas of energy and environment enable it to provide small businesses, public administrations and citizens with applied research, support and advice. Bringing together diverse stakeholders, ISINNOVA can moderate between research and operations to help expediate your ecological transition.