The decade of ecological transition in Italy

At the national and European level, the next decade will be characterised by the ecological transition that combines the progressive decarbonisation of all activities with the strengthening of the circular economy and the sustainable use of natural resources, as well as attention to the needs of people and territories.


Such trends can only prove to be a tremendous opportunity for multi-utilities, which can in this way actively lead the process of ecological transition, becoming partners of choice for local stakeholders.

Unprecedented growth in renewables

RES Installed capacity

Electricity generation from RES


Circular economy to maximise reuse of resources

Target of landfilling waste

Recycled waste


Growth in public investment

Average annual public investment Bn Eur

Protection of natural resources

Efficient water management

Reducing consumption

Climate risk mitigation

The opportunities 



  • Decarbonisation brings with it a redesign of Iren's plant capacity and takes the form of the development of 2.2 GW of new renewable capacity and the divestment of thermoelectric assets not functional for district heating. The district heating business will become even more essential for reducing environmental and atmospheric impact in cities and will reach 124 Mm3 of district-heated volume. 
  • The circular economy underpins the management approach of the environment sector through a high focus on the quality of collected waste, which will reach 76% separate collection, and high energy and material recovery, which, through plant development aimed at bridging the country's infrastructure gap, will reach 3.6 million tons of recovered waste, more than doubling current quantities.
  • The range of services for the territory and communities will be expanded to include energy efficiency and electrification and a strong acceleration in investments aimed at the ecological transition of the territories in which Iren operates.
  • The preservation of natural resources through the development of network assets adapted to the highest quality standards: greater efficiency and lower resource consumption through reduced water loss, recovery of purified water, and lower gas and electricity consumption, as well as prevention of hydrogeological disruption.