“Dependence on Russian gas is the result of the failure of sThe Celts of our country on issues of energy policy and the necessary diversification of resources, as they have been able to do better than we others in Europe. In recent decades, Italy has been the home of the veto against Nimbe Syndrome.” This is what CISL Secretary General, Luigi Sbarrain a long interview on “Il Messaggero”.
And when asked whether he was referring to the “no” professionals, the CIS leader replied: “Exactly, the ideological outrage, engulfed in social and political movements. The irrational provinces that effectively impeded modernization and national development. Today we are paying the price for saying “no” to coal, and gas refineries, drilling in the Adriatic, and renewables, to slow and weaken hydrogen, TAP, and even biomass.The result is that Italian gas production collapsed from 30 billion cubic meters in 1991 to about 3 billion cubic meters in 2021 when national demand is estimated at 72 billion cubic meters per year. Ridiculous.” For Spara, “We need a new energy plan based on diversification of supplies. We have to be realistic.
Decarbonization is an important and shared goal, but it is demanding: Renewable energies, however essential, will not be enough to replace fossil fuels. We need to increase domestic gas extraction and forge new business partnerships, invest in new green fuels, circular economies, increase energy efficiency and reuse industrial waste, over which we have many national concessions.”
When asked if the union sided with those who did the ban, the CISL leader replied: “Look, the CISL union has always fought against the logic of ‘no’ regardless. We’ve been at the forefront of the defense of building infrastructures. Logistics and energy are important such as Tav in Val di Susa, Gronda or Tap in Puglia, which bring gas from Azerbaijan. We believe that the role of trade unions and politics also should not be a wink over populism or pseudo-environmental demagoguery.”
Speaking of no to the waste-to-energy plant proposed by the municipality of Rome, Sparra is clear: “It seems to me that Mayor Gualtieri has announced his willingness to open a discussion table with all the unions on options related to waste. Collection. Availability is important and shareable, to which we respond with conviction. Let us discuss the project, contents and data in a responsible and transparent manner and support investments and innovation together without bias or veto. We are talking about a large European capital that has for years been experiencing serious delays and omissions on this issue. It is wrong to set up protective obstacles. A practical approach that respects the environment and cares about the health of the citizens is needed to finally provide Rome with an efficient and safe collection, transfer and disposal system. A waste-to-energy plant can be an economically sustainable and profitable solution for the city. Let us discuss it without prejudice.” Finally, on the agreement that Draghi proposed to the social partners to avoid a price and wage spiral.
“It is important that Prime Minister Draghi signaled to the social partners the goal of the Social Pact, a path that the ICT federation has long desired, to accelerate public and private investments, and to defend wages and pensions from the inflationary fire, with the aim of achieving quality and job stability.. The challenge is to maintain on purchasing power and consumption immediately without increasing inflation. We must not succumb to demagogic mechanisms or legislative interventions on wages that will only aggravate the situation. We need to work on a new income policy that places the causes of growth and their distribution at the center,” concludes Spar.