Social and Environmental Assessment of a Solidarity Oriented Energy Community: A Case-Study in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Napoli (IT)

TitleSocial and Environmental Assessment of a Solidarity Oriented Energy Community: A Case-Study in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Napoli (IT)
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsKaiser, S., Oliveira M., Vassillo C., Orlandini G., and Zucaro Amalia
JournalEnergies
Volume15
ISSN19961073
KeywordsCase-studies, Competition, Empowerment, Energy, Energy community, Energy justices, environmental assessment, environmental protection, life cycle, Renewable energy community, Renewable energy resources, S-life cycle assessment, Social and environmental, Social assessment, Sustainable development
Abstract

Renewable energy communities (RECs) are alternatives toward sustainable production and consumption pathways. In 2020, Italy implemented the EU Directive 2018/2001, defining a common framework for promoting energy from renewable sources. The “Famiglia di Maria”, a foundation dealing with social issues in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Napoli (Italy), in collaboration with “Legambiente” and “Con il Sud” Foundations, released the first Solidarity Oriented Renewable Energy Community project in Italy. Therefore, by applying social life cycle assessment (s-LCA) and life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, this study aims to: (i) promote the dissemination of RECs in the Italian and European contexts, (ii) suggest REC scenarios for the best social and environmental solutions, and (iii) support the policymakers for sustainable local development. Some key results show that the solidarity-oriented project has already produced mature outcomes about community cohesion. In contrast, technical skills and awareness about environmental issues still need to be further developed and shared among the stakeholders. Finally, social and environmental indicators converge on the self-consumption model as a feasible alternative for energy justice, community empowerment, and economic and market competition independence. © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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DOI10.3390/en15041557