“GOOD ENERGY AWARD 2011”:
FRI-EL GREEN POWER, CHEMTEX ITALIA AND AGRICOLA LE GERRE WON THE SECOND EDITION OF THE ITALIAN AWARD FOR PRODUCERS, TRADERS AND CONTRUCTORS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PLANTS
According to an International study carried out by Grant Thornton International Ltd, an Italian company out of two in 2011 has been implementing energy efficiency initiatives
Milan, 9 June 2011 – Fri-El Green Power (Bolzano), Chemtex Italia (Alessandria) and Società Agricola Le Gerre (Cremona) won the “Good Energy Award 2011”, the second edition of the prize devised by Studio Bernoni Professionisti Associati for companies operating in the sector of renewable energies.
Studio Bernoni Professionisti Associati – with 50 years experience in corporate, tax, financial and legal consultancy – was the first in Italy to devise and promote an award for producers and traders of renewable energy, as well as for constructors of plants for the industry, aimed at identifying the Italian excellence in each of these three categories.
“Good Energy Award 2011 repeated the success of last year when the initiative was launched – says Stefano Salvadeo, partner of Studio Bernoni Professionisti Associati – thus revealing the increasing number of Italian companies interested in the sector of energy from renewable sources. According to Grant Thornton International Business Report 2011 the implementation of energy efficiency policies is one of the favourite Corporate Social Responsibility practices, chosen by 41% of companies in Italy: an optimistic result, although lower than the European average, as well as than the results of some emerging markets, such as Philippines (89%), Taiwan (80%) and Malaysia (79%). The comparison between mature economies and emerging countries is significant also for what concerns the reasons underlying eco-sustainable choices; the emerging markets appear to be more virtuous since really concerned with “saving the planet”: 78% of businesses in Turkey, 76% in the Philippines and 65% in Chili and Argentina, against 23% in Italy and 13% in the United States, driven by public attitudes.
In the light of these results – concludes Stefano Salvadeo partner of Studio Bernoni Professionisti Associati – we would like to dedicate this award to business ethics and responsibility, which should be at the basis of all energy efficiency policies implemented by companies. We wish “Good Energy Award 2011” could help boost them and keep up the focus on research, innovation and ability to create value for the territory and the stakeholders, considering environmental protection as the ultimate target.”
The panel of experts of the “Good Energy Award 2011”, chaired by Maurizio Fauri – Professor of Electrical Energy Systems at Trento University and President of the company Polo Tecnologico per l’Energia di Trento – included Renzo Capra (Scientific committee Fiper – Italian association of producers of energy from renewable sources, former president of A2A), Alessandro Beda (Vice President of Sodalitas Foundation within Assolombarda), Giuseppe Bernardi (Managing Director of Mittel Corporate Finance), Giampio Bracchi (President of the Foundation of the Polytechnic Institute of Milan), Andrea Cerroni (University of Milano Bicocca, Department of Sociology and Social research), Maurizio Finicelli (Managing Partner Ria & Partners), Enrico Fusi (Director of the Giuseppe Toniolo Institute for Advanced Studies, founding entity of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Giuseppe Garofano (Vice President of Alerion Clean Power), Giuseppe La Loggia (Sunpower Corporation) and Francesco Zanotti (Researcher in System Theory).
The panel of experts examined the economic and equity performance of the nominated companies based on an analysis of 2009 and 2010 financial statements, focusing on ROE, turnover, MW of energy produced , equity/capital ratio, investments in R&D, value created for the territory and for stakeholders and the ability to create jobs over time.
There were 9 selected finalists into the three categories: Producer – Fri-El Green Power S.p.a., Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio S.r.l. and Generale Energia S.p.a. – Constructor – Chemtex Italia S.r.l., FERA S.r.l. and Genera S.p.a. and Trader – Società Agricola Le Gerre Ss, Fra.Ma. S.r.l., Gruppo ICQ.
Fri-El Green Power S.p.a., Group based in Bolzano specialised in the production and sale of energy from renewable sources, in particular wind energy, energy from biogas and biomass won the first prize as a Producer. The Group operates since a decade in the renewable energy industry and manages all phases of the energy production and sale process. Furthermore, the company is developing projects in its business unit Sea Power aimed at exploiting tidal energy.
Chemtex Italia S.r.l. won the first prize as Constructor. A company operating in the construction of plants for the production of bioethanol from biomasses, it is located in Tortona, in the Alessandria province. The company devised the research project “Pro.E.Sa” for 120 million Euros on ethanol from biomasses and furthermore it implemented the first second-generation bioethanol production plant worldwide in Crescentino, in the Vercelli area.
The winner for the cathegory Trader was Società Agricola Le Gerre S.p.a., with registered office in Crotta D’Adda, in the province of Cremona, specialized in the stock farming of swine for fattening. The company produces renewable energy from biogas and besides being autonomous as for energy supply,, it produces an energy surplus which is fed back in the grid. In 2010 the company completed the construction of the second 1000 kW biogas plant.
The initiative was devised and realised thanks to the support of IMQ – Istituto Marchio di Qualità and Gruppo HERA and with the scientific support of GSE-Gestore Servizi Energetici, FIPER (Federazione Italiana Produttori di Energia da Fonti Rinnovabil), TIS Innovation Park di Bolzano, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Università di Trento, Parco Tecnologico Padano, Federazione AEIT, PDMA SE (Product Development and Management Association South Europe).
The prize-giving ceremony was held on 9 June 2011 at the Villa Trivulzio di Omate, (MB).