The decade of ecological transition in Italy

At the national and European level, the 2020-2030 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.


Iren's strategic vision is also reinforced by the new geopolitical, regulatory and macroeconomic scenario. The energy crisis and the disruption of logistics supply chains, the acceleration in the electrification of consumption, the increase in energy efficiency requirements for buildings, the capability to execute Repower EU funded investments and the increase in interest rates, in order to counterbalance higher inflation, find direct responses in Iren's strategy, based on the increase in renewables and material recovery capacity, infrastructure development, new consumption models and the integration of services, the share with the territories our capability to execute development investments and the strengthened positioning in regulated businesses.

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

Sources: MiTE “Energia elettrica rinnovabile verso l’obiettivo EU del -55%”; ISPRA; Eurostat; Osservatorio sui Conti Pubblici Italiani (June 2021)

The opportunities 

  • Decarbonisation brings with it a redesign of Iren's plant capacity and takes the form of the development of 3 GW of new renewable capacity (solar, onshore and offshore wind and energy communities) and the divestment of thermoelectric assets not functional for district heating. 
  • 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 in our legacy regions, 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. In addition, Iren will share its know-how to support the national system in the country's energy transition and independence.
  • 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.