Europa Verde Syracuse points the finger at the companies of the petrochemical pole accusing them of not having made any “valid” proposal that could be included in the National Recovery and Resilience Pact.
For the two co-spokespersons of Europa Verde Syracuse, Salvo La Delfa and Giusi Nanè, if for Italy the decarbonization and ecological transition required by the European Green Deal is a demanding challenge, for the province of Syracuse it is a complex and imposing. “They are not seen – they say – ambitious projects that could be included in the PNRR text for subsequent EU funding and implementation over the next five and a half years. There are many initiatives that go in the opposite direction, proclamations, certificates of appreciation, congratulations from politicians on things that do not exist, of meetings in which “greenwashing” led, of meetings in which the words climate, environment, nature, ecology, ecological transition, decarbonisation have been misused with a misleading and mendacious meaning. “
The two exponents of Europa Verde raise many doubts, for example on the collaboration initiative announced last February by Sasol and Sonatrach with the Polytechnic of Turin for the feasibility study of a Ccsu (Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilization) plant. For La Delfa and Nané, in fact “it is just a research project for the conversion of carbon into another carbon, of gray chemistry, which cannot be financed by the Pnrr funds but which could only be financed, like many other university research projects, by other funds. In addition to the CCSU study, the province of Syracuse intends to contribute to the reduction of climate-altering gases and environmental sustainability with the project of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanks in the consortium pier of Punta Cugno, in the bay of Augusta, regardless of the high risk and of a further element of danger that all this would entail. The use of methane (albeit liquefied) as a fuel for heavy mobility (trucks, buses, ships) is not taken into consideration in the strategic vision of sustainable mobility and decarbonisation, while it is now clear that trucks, ships and buses will equip themselves with fuel cells and will move through the energy carrier of green hydrogen. ” And for this reason the two co-spokespersons of the environmental political movement wonder who could benefit from investing in a technology, in environmentally impacting plants that would soon run the risk of becoming obsolete.
“It was expected – continue -, as elsewhere, a serious, sustainable, ecocentric, green turning point in the energy supply chain is taking place. It is therefore necessary to discuss without preconceptions, with a language and an environmental taxonomy different from the one that have been used so far without entrenching oneself on conservative, protectionist and closure positions, formulating sustainable, innovative, environmentally friendly projects and, above all , of the community. A serious, unanimous, self-sacrificing commitment, with proposals and projects from the territory that go in the right direction, that embrace the green economy. “
For La Delfa and Nanè, a fundamental role must be played by politics and, above all, by those who currently represent the territory at all levels. “It is up to them – argue – take action seriously in the wake of what Europe asks of us, safeguarding territorial employment. The deck is short, the passage is narrow but you have to work carefully to avoid even more harmful consequences “.
For Green Europe, it is also necessary to adequately organize the occupational transition that accompanies the ecological transition, possibly through the recognition of our petrochemical status of a complex industrial crisis, “so that no employee remains unemployed, indeed we must aim at an increase in employment levels, an objective that can certainly be achieved with the green economy “. Process, that of the status of a complex industrial crisis which in recent weeks has been the focus of several meetings between industrial companies, the Prefecture of Syracuse and the regional government.
For the two co-spokespersons, the concessions for Special Economic Zones (SEZs) must also be used to attract green investments, to incentivize truly eco-sustainable industrial projects and not to facilitateecologically unsustainable investments (which already benefit from Sad, the environmentally harmful subsidies). “An occupational transition must be initiated which must not frighten – they still say -. Over the years, the management and workers of our petrochemical have acquired high-level skills, knowledge, skills, technical know-how of a chemical and engineering, managerial, organizational type that will allow them, with the necessary and required facilities, to quickly integrate into the new economy.. In this industrial reconversion, in this energy transition, it would have been useful to have in our territory a research center, a study center, a center for the development of basic and technological sciences that could have acted as a catalyst for the formulation of proposals and innovative and sustainable responses. The petrochemical industrial center has not managed in these many decades of its presence to have a vision of the future and to invest culturally in it. But there is still time – conclude La Delfa and Nanè – and companies could move, if only they wish, in this sense by attracting experts and valuable scientists to Syracuse.
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