Towards National Legislation for Climate Protection
New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series
Edited by Marjan Peeters, Mark Stallworthy and Javier de Cendra de Larragán
Chapter 14: The need for a consistent renewable energy policy in Italy
‘Climate change law’ in Italy – for the moment – has not yet reached the dignity of an academic discipline of its own. As such it is not taught at law schools, but only at the level of (very few) postgraduate specialized courses. As a consequence, there is no general literature that examines from a legal point of view and jointly the different issues that in fact need to be (and should be) examined together. Most environmental law, energy law and climate change law in Italy has nowadays a European Union origin. More precisely, European directives, regulations and recommendations form the architecture of the Italian legislation in all the mentioned fields, so it is difficult to imagine a purely Italian initiative in the environmental, energy or climate law sector, that is not a concretization of a previous EU one. Of course there are a few exceptions. It is nevertheless important to mention that, notwithstanding the mandatory character of EU law, Italy’s attitude towards EU environmental law is generally one of scarce awareness of what is going on at European level. The implementation of EU directives in the environmental field into national law is generally late and characterized by limited comprehension of the important implications in the long run for Italian citizens and businesses.
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