Federazione Italiana per l'uso Razionale dell'Energia
Italian Federation for the Rational Use of Energy
Year created: 1987 No of staff: 12
Sources of Funding
|10% - European|
|40% - National|
|50% - Private|
FIRE is a non-profit organization established in 1987 to promote energy efficiency. Its founder members were ENEA - Italian Agency for New technologies, Energy and the Environment - and other relevant organizations, which were active in the field of rational use of energy.
The primary goal of FIRE is to promote energy efficiency, both through the provision of operational, technical and scientific support to its members and to energy managers, and through the cooperation with legislative institutions and policy makers.
Besides, FIRE manages the Italian energy managers' network (about 2.600 individuals) since 1992 ton behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development, which has transferred to FIRE its own support activities for the implementation of Article 19 of Law 10/1991 about the compulsory appointment of energy managers in large private and public companies.
FIRE aims to:
- promote and activate an "energy efficiency culture" through the diffusion of information, knowledge and best practices about the rational use of energy among policy makers, energy managers, public officers, market operators, and end-users;
- carry out studies, researches, surveys and analyses to identify the needs and the cost effective options for energy efficiency improvement;
- stimulate the energy market to increase energy efficiency practices and disseminate the best available energy techniques;
- contribute to the identification of new techniques for energy saving;
- stimulate international collaboration involving foreign associations operating in the energy and environment sectors.
To accomplish these tasks FIRE organizes workshops, training courses, working groups on specific topics (e.g. cogeneration, energy supply contracts, buildings, power quality, etc) and implements studies and reports on market trends.
Besides, FIRE manages the web site www.fire-italia.org and the quarterly magazine Gestione Energia, and cooperates with the institutional public bodies involved in the energy sector and with association and research centres.
FIRE is mainly financed through agreements with public and private companies and through its members (local authorities, energy managers, end-users, consultants, companies operating in the energy sector, universities, etc), which presently are around 500, to whom the Federation offers many services in order to keep them up-to-date about the energy market and the energy legislation.