With everyone’s commitment and expertise a solution takes shape.

An important meeting was held in Pordenone on 21st February, focusing on a crucial topic: the future of sustainability in Europe.

Declared aim: a constructive discussion between different competences – technical, political, entrepreneurial and design – to offer the national and international press present a complete update on the state of the art. Where are we in building the foundations of a truly green future?

Many decisive interventions, complementing the overall picture, have highlighted the most pressing areas of concern, starting with this: buildings in the EU are old and reliant on obsolete and inefficient heating appliances, the replacement rate of which is barely 4%. These systems are powered predominantly by fossil fuels which are highly polluting.

After the opening welcome from Marco Sartini Mayor of Porcia (PN), where Palazzetti is based, MEP Rosanna Conte stressed the importance of Europe’s support for companies towards sustainability in order for this transition to be timely and effective.

Ennio Prizzi, Policy Officer at Bioenergy Europe, then explained the current EU targets, from the Green Deal – aiming to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 – to Fit for 55, the set of actions to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030. Prizzi focused on the key role of residential heating and the need to innovate and upgrade old systems with modern biomass equipment (retrofit).

Bernardo Martinez, Legislative Officer for DG ENER (European Commission Directorate-General for Energy) also spoke about the European Green Deal and its role within the UN’s Agenda 2023, focusing on Ecodesign and energy labelling and offering some interesting food for thought. In pellet stoves, going into specifics, there is a need to reduce how much the end user needs to do, improving efficiency and reducing emissions. This can only be done by improving existing technology.

It is in this context that Palazzetti’s Life Green-Stove project, financed by the European Commission under the LIFE programme which is the EU’s financial instrument for environment and climate action and which has been running for 30 years, finds its raison d’être.

Marco Palazzetti, the company’s CEO, elaborated: LIFE Green-Stove is the project that led to the creation of an innovative pellet stove, capable of optimising combustion processes to the maximum, to significantly reduce consumption and emissions. A very low impact stove, equipped with IoT technology and therefore very easy to use.

The conference continued with a speech by Annalisa Paniz, Director General of AIEL and board member of Bioenergy Europe – European Council. At the centre of her reflection was the wood industry, a driving force for future energy policies in our country and beyond. Wood as a fuel that, thanks to technology applied to domestic biomass heating, proves to be the renewable energy source with the lowest environmental impact we have.

In other words, wood is the biofuel of the future.

The moment everyone had been waiting for arrived with the presentation of the Driade stove, the result of a Research & Development process launched in September 2021. A product that holds within it a technology truly capable of changing the way we think about pellet stoves.

So, to summarise the points touched upon during the day, from the European Union’s commitment to the critical issues of domestic heating management, one thought becomes clear and shared: the joint commitment of companies and institutions can create a culture focused on the environment and ensure concrete answers. And Palazzetti has always been an advocate of this.


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