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31 Italian firms to take part in virtual Wetex 2020

DUBAI, October 24, 2020

The virtual edition of Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (Wetex), to be held from October 26 to 28, will see the participation of 31 Italian companies, up 50 per cent over last year.
 
These firms will be showcasing the latest advancements of Italy in sustainable and renewable technology, with carefully selected companies covering a cross-section of the country’s offerings in the sector, according to the Italian Trade Agency (ITA). 
 
These developments on water treatment, recycling, solar energy generation and renewables, air control and environmental protection systems, and green building systems have contributed to Italy’s recent energy savings’ great performance with a reduction of 43 million tonnes carbon emissions last year: one of the best EU and world performances.
 
Nicola Lener, Ambassador of Italy to the UAE, said: "Sustainable and renewable technology is a growing sector in Italy. We launched the National Sustainable Development Strategy three years ago, which looks to shape a new vision towards a circular, low-emission economy, resilient to climate impacts and to other global changes."
 
"We’re proud to have exceeded the 17 per cent threshold of energy consumption with our renewable sources, a goal set by the European Green Deal which aims to decarbonise the energy sector across the continent," remarked Lener. 
 
"Our National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan had set its own target – by 2030, 30 per cent of Italy’s energy consumption must come from renewable resources," he stated.
 
This is coherent with the similar UAE’s target to get 50 per cent of its energy needs from clean sources by 2050, he added.
 
According to Lener, Italian businesses are gaining momentum due to the major changes in both environmental and energetic policies of the country. 
 
Renewable energy sector contributes 48.5 million Euros to Italy’s national GDP. Last year in Italy 2.6 billion investments in the green sector have been activated and 14.8 billion will be invested in sustainability.
 
Leading the Italian pavilion at the all-new Wetex, Amedeo Scarpa, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, said: "The UAE’s renewable sector has not been dramatically affected by the pandemic, by confirming its resiliency. As a matter of fact, the supply of Italian components used for desalination and solar power plants to the UAE has steadily increased."
 
"Over the last three years, Italy has consistently been one of the UAE’s preferred suppliers for renewable energy sector components, with a 16.47 per cent increase in the first trimester of 2020," he added.
 
The 22nd Wetex is the 14th year that ITA will be participating. Although this year’s expo format will be a change from previous years, the 3D virtual environment will be equipped with an exhibition area, stands and booths.-TradeArabia News Service



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