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CEV is a consortium that in present state has 1,001 associated bodies which came together to break down all the costs of energy, to have free access to important services that simplify the management and to build together a new culture about sustainable energy inside and outside the consortium itself.
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The CEV consortium supports actions against light pollution. © Helmut J. Salzer

I Description of the measure

Title in original language: Consorzio CEV

Location of CNA: Italy

Municipality / regional entity: Verona (registered office) / 11% of the Italian Municipalities

Category of the experience: Standard & label
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Technological
Secondary nomination(s): Financial, Educational

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Energy 
Secondary field(s): Buildings & construction

Spatial scale: National
Time & duration:

Start date: December, 2002
Duration: Still active

Key word(s): Alternative Energy Technolgies, CEV, Saving

The goals of the CEV Consortium for any of its associated bodies are: - to save money on the purchase costs of energy guaranteeing a 100 % provision from renewable sources; - a better management of all the energy technical aspects; - to produce energy from Renewable Sources at no cost for the associated body; - to train an expert in order for him to manage the complexities and the opportunities of the liberalization.


The Consortium provides the following services to its members: - purchase of green electricity at 100 % from renewable sources for the membership - certification of renewable sources - free training on-line about the topic of renewable sources, in collaboration with ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development) - promoting a new culture of energy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education - advice and support for Italian members - collaboration with European Covenant of Mayors Currently, CEV supports its members with three specific projects: 1) "1000 photovoltaic roofs on 1000 schools”, initiative available to members of the CEV to reduce energy costs in scholastic buildings. 2) “Security and Saving”, that provides for the replacement of obsolete boilers with high-efficiency equipment 3) "Lighting Plan”, a complete project that can accompany the body in the realization of the Lighting Plan against the light pollution.


So far, The results of the CEV projects are: 1) "1000 photovoltaic roofs on 1000 schools”: 364 plants have already been realized by CEV for the associated bodies, for a total installed capacity of about 7.4 MWp and an estimated annual energy production of about 10 MWh/year. More than 4.500 tons of CO2 not emitted into the atmosphere. 2) “Security and Saving”: by the first 32 plants there has been a saving of 20-25% - 170.000 cubic meters of gas and of € 130.000.00 lower expenses, and a significant reduction of CO2 (more than 300 t/year) and NOx (274 kg/year) 3) "Lighting Plan": saving is expected to be about 40%.

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: Very high

Since 2006 the CEV Consortium members receive 30 % of the supply of energy from renewable sources; by 2008, the supply is 100 % certified green. In the period 2006-2011 were provided to Members 4.384.816.607 kWh – 2.911.172.996 kWh of which are from renewable sources, avoiding the emission of approximately 1.400.000 tons of CO2. "1000 photovoltaic roofs on 1000 schools” initiative: a total of 364 plants realized with a total installed capacity of about 7.4 MWp and an estimated annual energy production of about 10 MWh/year, equivalent to a non-emission of approximately 4.500 tCO2/year. “Security and Saving” project: to date, 32 heat generators have been replaced with the public buildings of the Municipalities which are members of CEV, with total savings of over 170.000 cubic meters/year and a reduction of CO2 emissions equivalent to more than 300 t/year. "Lighting Plan”: thanks to the results of the pilot project, the expected savings should be about 40 %.

Impacts on adaptation: Neutral

To date, the impact on climate change adaptation has not been defined nor quantified.

Impacts on environment:

- Landscape: Positive
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Positive
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": None

CEV Consortium projects allow significant savings in the energy use from fossil fuels in favor of the exploitation of new technologies, and this consequently ensures greater respect for the environment and the whole ecosystem.

Impacts on society:

- Social justice: None
- Regional / cultural identity: None
- "Other": None

The impact on society has not been defined nor quantified.

Impacts on economy:

- Employment / job creation: Positive
- Added value / income: Positive
- Know how / competitiveness: Positive
- "Other": None

The CEV Consortium members are present all over Italy. The project implementation is coordinated and supervised by the Company of CEV Group which, through agreements and conventions, involves local companies and enterprises for the operational implementation of initiatives. The projects will then determine undoubted opportunities in terms of creating new local jobs. All the investment plans submitted by the Consortium to its members further provide that the energy savings are shared so that a portion goes to cover the amortization rate of the investment and a second portion represents immediately a saving for the Municipality.

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: Very high

The feedback obtained by the CEV Consortium for its activities is very important: indeed there are more than 1000 CEV members, about 900 of which are Municipalities (more than 10% of the Italian Municipalities). The same consensus is noticed also in the adhesion to the individual projects, whose success is determined by the important results obtained in terms of municipalities involved as well as of production of energy from renewable sources, energy savings obtained, lower CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and participation in the initiative aimed at spreading a new energy culture. Besides that, the Consortium offers its members a range of training initiatives (thematic training courses, school competitons, conferences).

Transferability: High

The CEV Consortium is already present in all the Italian regions. The replicability of its model is not recommended at the regional level, but rather at the national one. For that purpose, the Consortium is willing to share any potential development project.

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: High

The CEV Consortium has been recognized as Support Organization for the Covenant of Mayors and participates as a partner in several European projects.

Good governance: Very high

Over the years, the CEV Consortium has implemented and promoted its initiatives through collaboration with other institutional bodies such as the Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), the Universities of Padua, Bologna and Parma.

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Other private bodies

The CEV Consortium was born as a group of collective buying formed by organizations which, by involving and leveraging their "critical mass", acquire electricity supplies at the lowest market price.

Contact person(s):

Name: Barbara Grimani
Institution: CEV Consortium
Address: Corso Porta Nuova, 127 - 37122 Verona
Phone: 0039 045 8105097
Fax: 0039 045 577012

Online information:

CEV Consortium website:

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