Hydrogen and fusion spell transition says Cingolani

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(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 16 – Green hydrogen and nuclear fusion
will be key points of the change his ministry aims to achieve,
Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani said in
presenting the guidelines of the new ministry to the
parliamentary committee for the environment and productive
activities on Tuesday.
    “I hop that if we have worked well, in 10 years’ time our
successors will be talking about how to lower the price of green
hydrogen and how to invest in nuclear fusion,” he told the joint
House and Senate panel.
    “That is the transition I have in mind.
    “The universe works with nuclear fusion, that is the renewable
of renewables”.
    Cingolani also said he planned to create a ministry that would
be “digitised and internationalised”.
    He said he was already drawing up a plan for the digitisation of
the new ministry.
    The minister also said there should be public debate about all
new public works so as to avert conflict.
    “The ministry will promote public consultation”, he said.
    Cingolani also said red tape needed to be cut to employ over 200
billion euros of EU COVID recovery cash properly.
    “The Recovery and Resilience Plan requires shorter processes,
with the Genoa bridge project being a model”.
    The national energy plan must also be rejigged to suit the COVID
recovery plan, he said.
    The ministry for the ecological transition was set up after a
cal from the environmentally-conscious and populist 5-Star
Movement (M5S), the biggest party in ex-European central banker
Mario Draghi’s national unity government.
    Cingolani, former innovation chief at aerospace giant Leonardo,
is one of the eight non-political technocrats in Draghi’s
23-strong cabinet.
    The ministry is tasked with engineering the transition
towards making the Italian economy environmentally sustainable.
    Cingolani told United States Special Presidential Envoy for
Climate John Kerry last week that Italy is set to invest 80
billion euros in decarbonization over the next five years.
    Cingolani said the investments would stem from the government’s
PNRR COVID-19 Recovery Plan financed with the help of close to
200 billion euros in EU grants and low-interest loans.
    Cingolani told Kerry, who has visited London, Brussels and Paris
as part of a tour of Europe, that the investments would delivery
cuts in emission levels of 55-60% by 2030. (ANSA).


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