The awareness of living in a small region rich in artistic and natural beauty called ‘The Green Heart of Italy’ was the main reason that led this public administration to realise a project to protect the environment, which is highly innovative both for its technology and the historic moment of its inception.
The EU directive for renewable sources (Directive 2001/77/EC) was implemented with the approval of the Italian Parliament by the Legislative Decree 387/2003 with the establishment of the ‘Energy Fund’. Thanks to the Ministerial Decree of 19 February 2007, new standards were established to promote the production of electricity from solar photovoltaic systems in an attempt to close the gap in electricity production through this method in comparison to other European nations.
Particularly since 2007, incentive tariffs have been applied to systems that facilitate the architectural merging with the building, and these rates are applied to all the energy produced, not only to the energy consumed locally. Because of the need to permanently resolve the problems of ongoing maintenance of the roof in the INPS building in Città di Castello, built with ‘Eternit’, the idea of making an innovative photovoltaic system, that combines the need to produce low cost energy while creating earnings with an improvement in terms of environmental ‘comfort’ and aesthetics has emerged. It is from this difficulty that a project called ‘NATURAL-MENTE INPS’ was started and remains in continuous and constant evolution.
The project’s title has been chosen because of the multiple interpretations of the Italian word naturalmente. This term can mean ‘obviously’ and the expression ‘NATURALMENTE INPS’ meant that ‘obviously’ this Institute was one of the first public administrations to enact this idea. It was decided to split the word in two parts ‘NATURAL’ and ‘MENTE’ because they remind one of a ‘green way of thinking’.
The project, including feasibility studies, cost estimates and development of all the administrative documentation necessary to obtain the authorisation required by the law, was developed entirely by the technical office of the Regional Directorate INPS Umbria, helping to exploit the role and enhancing the level of professional knowledge.
The experience gained by this first major project has resulted in a small ‘cultural revolution’ by stimulating ‘green’ thinking that has gradually involved other regional and national structures. In addition, this practice was considered by the INPS General Management as an exportable experience to other INPS offices in Italy.
|Award category:||going green|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
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|Keywords:||Solar photovoltaic systems|
|Short English description:||The project, including feasibility studies, cost estimates and development of all the administrative documentation necessary to obtain the authorisation required by the law, was developed entirely by the technical office of the Regional Directorate INPS Umbria, helping to exploit the role and enhancing the level of professional knowledge.|
|Organisation:||Istituto Nazionale Previdenza Sociale – Direzione regionale per l’Umbria|
|Level of government:||regional level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|