Coal in Italy
The Brindisi Cerano plant is not the only one powered by coal. The largest and most modern is that of Civitavecchia (Enel), but the plants of Enel in La Spezia, Fusina Venezia and Portoscuso Sulcis in Sardinia should be mentioned, for example. For example, the small plants in the port of Genoa and Giano in Umbria are gradually being phased out. The Lombard utility A2A is planning a gradual exit from coal for the large Gorizia plant in Monfalcone and has just started closing the Lamarmora plant in Brescia while it has been closed for years now and has modest hopes of restarting the Brindisi Nord plant which will located in the harbor bay.
Renewables outnumber fuels
The energy company says: “The early closure of Group 2 of the Federico II plant in Brindisi is part of Enel’s commitment to the energy transition towards an increasingly sustainable model”.
Globally, in 2019, Enel’s installed capacity from renewable sources exceeded that from thermoelectric sources for the first time and in the first quarter of 2020 the production of zero-emission electricity reached 64% of the group’s total generation.
The long-term goal of the Enel Group is the complete decarbonization of the mix by 2050, with a series of intermediate goals such as the completion of the farewell to coal in Italy by 2025 and globally by 2030.
Michele Emiliano: protect workers
“The energy transition from coal to a more sustainable model today finds concrete implementation in Enel’s decision to dismiss Group 2 of the Federico II plant in Cerano by January 1, 2021”, announces the Puglia Region in a statement.
“This is good news,” adds the President of the Region, Michele Emiliano. “We have worked with great determination to convince Enel to divest the Cerano coal-fired power plant and this commitment has been made for 2025. We must acknowledge Enel who has made this commitment ». And he specified: “Workers and their families should be protected”, a clarification that recalls the protests that thirty years ago had accompanied the end of the construction work on the plant.
“This confirms the path taken for disposal from coal – observes the mayor of Brindisi, Riccardo Rossi – although it is only the first step we can only welcome it positively”.
Comments from ecologists
«The decision to start closing the Brindisi coal plant, one of the most polluting in Europe, from January 1, 2021 is undoubtedly positive, but unfortunately ruined by the company’s will to convert the fossil gas plant» , protests Alessandro Giannì, director of the Campaigns of Greenpeace Italy.
The WWF adds that “it is essential that the company, together with the Hague review procedure, sends the detailed plan for the complete disposal of the use of coal as requested by the Ministry of the Environment”.