Policy in Italy


Updated: 07.02.2019

Author: Jasmin Schwarz

Summary of policies

In Italy training programmes for installers are regulated at central level but set up and managed at regional level.

Each installer, after having installed a plant on any building, is required by law to release a certificate of compliance with a set of standards outlined in DM 37/08.

All new buildings and all buildings undergoing major refurbishment are obliged to integrate RES-E and RES-H. There are different obligations depending on the building type and size, and for public buildings the obligations are increased by 10%.

A guarantee fund supporting the development of district heating networks is in place within the “Cassa conguaglio” for the electricity sector. An additional fee of € 0.05/Sm3 (Sm3 is a quantity measurement unit at specified pressure and temperature levels) is applied to the consumption of natural gas.

The liberalisation of the energy market is foreseen for 2020 (DL 91/18).


The certificates obligation applies to electricity production units and heating, cooling, air conditioning plants.

The training programmes apply to boilers, fireplaces and biomass heaters, building-mounted PV and solar thermal installations, low enthalpy biomass plants and heat pumps.

The obligation to integrate RES-H and RES-E in buildings does not specify technologies but only the criteria that have to be respected.

Statutory provisions

  • DL 91/18 (Decreto-legge 25 luglio 2018, n.91. Proroga di termini previsti da disposzioni legislative. Decree-Law 25 July 2018, n.91, on the extension of deadlines established by legislative provisions.) 
  • DL 28/11 (Decreto Legislativo 3 marzo 2011, n. 28. Attuazione della direttiva 2009/28/CE sulla promozione dell’uso dell’energia da fonti rinnovabili recante modifica e successiva abrogazione delle direttive 2001/77/CE e 2003/30/CE, Legislative Decree 3 March 2011, no. 28. Implementation of Directive 2009/28/CE on Promotion of Use of Energy from Renewable Energy Sources modifying and Repealing Directives 2001/77/CE and 2003/30/CE) 
  • DM 37/08 (Decreto 22 gennaio 2008, n. 37 del Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico. Regolamento concernente l'attuazione dell'articolo 11-quaterdecies, comma 13, lettera a) della legge n. 248 del 2 dicembre 2005, recante riordino delle disposizioni in materia di attivita' di installazione degli impianti all'interno degli edifici. Decree of 22 January 2008, n. 37 of the Ministry of Economic Development. Regulation related to the enactment of Art. 11-quaterdiecis, c. 13, l. a of law 248 of 2 December 2005, restructuring the dispositions related to activities of plant installation within buildings).
  • DPR 380/01 (Decreto del Presidente della Repubblica 6 giugno 2001, n. 380. Testo unico delle disposizioni legislative e regolamentari in materia edilizia. Decree of the President of the Republic of 6 June 2001, n. 380. Single text of legislative and regulatory dispositions in construction issues).


Further information

  • Autorità di Regolazione per Energia, Reti e Ambiente (ARERA) - Regulatory Authority for Energy, Grids and Environment (ARERA)
  • +392655651
  • website
  • info(at)arera.it