Department for Sustainability

Strategic Objectives 

The general objectives are:

  • to contribute to the valorization of economic, natural and social capital, by providing technological and methodological tools for sustainable and competitive growth and improvement of citizens life quality;
  • to support Policy elaboration and implementation promoting the reduction of emissions, the mitigation of climate change effects, the transition towards innovative economic models (circular economy, bioeconomy, blue economy).

The actions of the Department are aimed at:

  • Competitiveness of production systems, innovation and work
  • Enhancement, management and protection of the environment
  • Quality of life, nutrition and health of the citizenry
  • Urban and territorial regeneration
  • Training and information

Thanks to its in-house multidisciplinary skills the Department is able to respond to the demands regarding various thematic ambits such as circular economy, bioeconomy, agri-industry, sustainable tourism, sustainable cities, materials, processes and approaches for construction and sustainable industry, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, preservation and enhancement of the territory and cultural heritage, health protection.  

Priority issues at national and international level which aim to foster a transition towards a low carbon society based on circular economy models able to promoting efficient use of resources and reducing the impacts of climate change.


The framework in which the Department activities are addressed are the programmes of the main international bodies (UN and EU, for example, the Framework Convention on Climate Change of the United Nations, the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change, the Circular economy package and Horizon 2020) and the programmes of the main national institutions in the Department areas of intervention (MATTM and MiSE), the Climate Energy Plan 2030 and the National Energy Strategy.

Main stakeholders are the Central, Regional and Local Public Administration and the private sector, with a particular focus on SMEs. This includes the actions already taken by ENEA in support of the proposal to create a "National Agency for the Efficient Use of Resources".

To be mentioned is the strengthening of the Department and ENEA role in the Technology Platforms, Clusters and National and Community Technology Districts.

Examples include the Knowledge Innovation Community's (KIC) Southern Europe Coordination Centre on Raw Materials and the Climate Change Centre at the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT); the Advanced Services Centre for Agri-Industry (CSAgri). Also of great importance is the participation, as the only Italian member, in the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) and, as President, in the Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ICESP) founded by ENEA.

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