‘Decentralisation of renewable energy production and transmission for the Turin metropolitan area’
The SHAPE ENERGY multi-stakeholder workshop was held in Turin on the 1st of December and co-hosted by Politecnico di Torino and Iren. Iren is one of the largest multi-utility companies on the Italian scene and operates in the sectors of electricity, thermal energy for district heating and gas, and in the management of integrated water services, environmental services and technological services.
Being such an important energy player in the Turin area, Iren is committed to involving local stakeholders through its “Territorial Committees”, which have been established since 2014 with the purpose of including local stakeholders in the evaluation of projects and strategies enhancing social and environmental sustainability.
Participants of the Turin workshop were among the members of those Iren’s Turin Territorial Committee, with people coming from very different organisations: energy producers, local municipalities, research institutions, natural parks, trade unions and sectors’ associations (consumers, homeowners, commerce, industry, small-medium enterprises, cooperatives, construction, students, etc.).
Facilitators from Politecnico di Torino coming from STEM and SSH backgrounds (architecture, engineering, sociology) set four scenarios to reflect on the future energy strategies for the Turin metropolitan area.
The decentralisation of renewable energy production and transmission was the challenge discussed among four groups of participants, considering a temporal horizon of 10-20 years from 2017.