Livorno opens its doors to the Blue Deal: marine renewable energies for environmental transformation

Port authorities in the northern Tyrrhenian and eastern Ligurian seas are committed to exploiting the results of a European research project led by the University of Siena.

[28 Aprile 2022]

The European Blue Deal project is now nearing completion, and the University of Siena – at the head of a consortium of 12 partners from 6 different Mediterranean countries – landed yesterday in Livorno to share the results of a multi-year research dedicated to understanding how to develop marine renewable energy sources in a sustainable and socially acceptable way for communities bordering the sea. Marie Nostrum.

The study day, organized by the Tes Association, found fertile ground in the city of Livorno, which has always had its raison d’être in its openness to the sea. After all, citizens also seem willing to accept the challenge of the energy transition, as evidenced by surveys conducted during the research.

“I think it is very important that a city like Livorno has decided to welcome this Study Day – stated Andrea Orlando, Minister of Labor and President of Tes, in relation to Rome – Blue Energy attests to the possibility of an absolute interest in helping the energy transformation that we are doing in Italy, they represent a form It is a form of clean energy that can be very important for the entire Mediterranean region.”

Indeed, the research project shows that the Mediterranean has a high potential for offshore wind energy (mostly floating), good potential for wave energy and widespread availability of the use of thermal and saline gradients. As well as opportunities to harness tidal energy in some countries.

“We know how much energy we can extract from a given area, and on the technologies we can rely on – says Simon Bastianoni, co-director of the Ecodynamics group at the University of Sienese – however, the information we have must be disseminated as much as possible, and made usable in decision-making bodies “.

From this point of view, yesterday presented a valuable opportunity and witnessed great interest in blue energy: in addition to Minister Orlando, they presented the Mayor of Livorno and three members of the councils, as well as the heads of the Port System Authority of the North Tyrrhenian. The sea and the Eastern Ligurian Sea Authority (which includes the port of Carrara).

An initiative that has already led to the first tangible result: both presidents – respectively Luciano Guerreri and Mario Somareva – signed the letter of intent accompanying the research, thus committing to “use the tools and results of the Blue Deal project to integrate them” into energy planning”.

This is a particularly important issue for the overall sustainable development of coastal cities in the Mediterranean region which, like Livorno, is characterized by the presence of the port directly in its urban context, with all the opportunities but also importance – in terms of atmospheric pollution from oxides of sulfur and nitrogen for example example, as for greenhouse gas emissions – that ensues; The development of marine renewable energies, it is clear, can help to tip the balance on the side of opportunity, and also help to overcome the Nimby & Nimto syndromes that unfortunately stop the spread of renewable energies in the region so often. Could it go differently in the sea?

“Thinking of large wind turbines or exploiting the movement of waves in places with enhanced landscapes over time can bring difficulties. This discussion also leads to those who say no, as often happens with regulatory bodies.However, Livorno has a great advantage, since we are building a new part of the port and thus of the city, that is, studying Europe, where it is possible to think with greater confidence in renewable energies, Which represents a great opportunity.”

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