The incentive system of the White Certificates or Energy Efficiency Credits was introduced to promote end-use energy efficiency interventions at a national level.
The White Certificates mechanism involves the obligation for electrical energy and natural gas distributors to reach the annual energy saving objectives set by the Ministerial Decrees of 20th July 2004, the Ministerial Decree of 21st December 2007 and the Ministerial Decree of 28th December 2012. These objectives are expressed in tons of oil equivalent (TOE); each Energy Efficiency Credit certifies the achievement of primary energy savings equal to one TOE.
Energy saving interventions makes one eligible for White Certificates issued by the Manager of Energy Markets on the basis of a communication of the Manager of Energy Services (MES) certifying the savings obtained.
There are three different assessment methods for savings obtained via the energy efficiency interventions:
3. Final balance