Pillar Biomass’ Final conference, in Milan June the 1st. Programme and registration form available.

The scientific journal Atmosphere in its special issueAir quality Assessments and Management has published an article  by the title Impact of NOx and NH3 Emission Reduction on Particulate Matter across Po Valley: A LIFE-IP-PREPAIR Study.

The article is the result of ARPAE Emilia-Romagna, ARPA Piemonte, ARPA Lombardia and ARPA Veneto within LIFE PrepAIR modelling working group.

Different air quality modelling systems are used by the four regional agencies to assess the sensitivity of PM2.5 concentrations to the reduction of NOx and NH3 emissions with the aim of identifying both the most effective emission reduction strategies and analysing the non-linear effects on PM2.5 concentrations as the precursors vary.

The multi-model analysis shows that reductions in several emission sectors are necessary to achieve optimal results. In addition, the non-linearity analysis showed that during the cold season, PM2.5 abatement efficiency tends to increase with increasing emission reductions, whereas during the summer, it remains almost constant or decreases slightly with increasing reductions.

The full article is available here

At the end of the activities related to the energy efficiency upgrading of condominiums within European project Life PrepAir, the event “Italian Ecosystem Meeting – Dialogue on Energy Efficiency” took place in Trento on 13 February, as part of the EEMI Bauhaus week entitled “Combining smart digital & sustainable solutions to change the market paradigm”.

The event, in which all the categories of the building redevelopment supply chain were invited, focused on the green mortgage market: financial products that reward the most efficient interventions and the green supply chain, in order to guarantee an effective system that supports the client to carry out energy efficiency interventions in their homes.
The conference has been designed as a workshop: after a brief introduction, a four working tables’ session was organised to address the current ‘bottlenecks’ and stimulate the search for solutions, all with a view to unlock the redevelopment process of the existing building stock.
Several proposals emerged from the working tables, which can be resumed in three main areas.
As far as the decision-making process is concerned, it was considered very important for tenants to be aware of their consumption and to be trained accordingly. This makes it possible to orientate behaviours both in a dwelling to be redeveloped and in a redeveloped one. Moreover, the knowledge of consumption in real time can help change habits and understand the costs of different habits.
For the consumption part related to redevelopment, much importance is given to a clear identification of the savings that will be achieved at the end of the works, and once the works are finished, it is advisable to monitor consumption both in comparison with the planned and with other similar types of buildings.
The need to involve non-tenant owners, who may be less interested in carrying out the work, and weaker parties, such as families with financial difficulties or the elderly, was emphasised. A central figure in the process is certainly the administrator, who must be properly trained and motivated. In addition, the energy performance certificate must necessarily be closer to actual consumption: there is no point having a good energy performance certification if you then consume more than expected. Finally, it is important to pay attention to the topic of energy communities and shared energy.
Regarding financing, numerous proposals were made on possible ways to support expenditure, with a wide range of financing possibilities: Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) and more generally repayment of installments through the savings achieved, transfer of the tax credit and the possibility of immediately receiving the amount of tax deductions, flexible credit recovery (with different installments and deductions depending on the possibilities of expenditure and other parameters such as age, assets, etc.), guarantee funds, loans for redevelopment with reduced rates depending on the results, crowdfunding, etc.
Finally, as far as concern experts and companies, beyond specific and certified training, it has been deemed fundamental that it be possible to vote for them publicly; it has also been proposed to facilitate collaboration between companies for a turnkey service.
Download the conference report here (in italian)

Valuta l’aria (Rate the Air), the new survey on the perception of Air quality by the citizen of the Po basin opens today.

The second edition of the survey is carried out by ART-ER within LIFE PrepAIR’s project activities.

Valuta l’aria wants to look into the perception and awareness of the citizens of the Po Basin as far as concern air pollution and the related behavior to improve the situation.

The survey is carried out in the territory of Valle d’Aosta, Piemonte, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto,
Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino, an critic area for air quality for particulate, Nitrogen Oxyde, Ozone ever since the entering into force of the AQ limits of the European Union.

Participating to the survey you will contribute to the creation of a wood area for pollinating insects and to the installatiuon of bee hives that Project PrepAIR will donate to reduce CO2 emissions and safeguard biodiversity in collaboration with Wownature by Etifor S.r.l.  and Beeing, technical partner of “Save the Queen” project by Legambiente.

Click here to answer to the survey!



Today and Yesterday (22-23 november), PrepAIR’s  partners have met in Udine hosted by Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia in the splendid halls of Antonini-Belgrano palace for the XII project meeting.

The meeting was the occasion to check the advancement of the action on Air Quality carried on by the project partners and to schedule the activities a year before project’s conclusion.

The results of the Analysis of the woody biomass flow for energetic use in the Po basin, a Survey carried out by the working group lead by ARPA Veneto within LIFE Prepair’s activities, have been published as a scientific paper titled Heating energy balance and biomass consumption for the residential sector in the Po Valley  by the peer-reviewed journal Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments n° 54 of 2022.

The article is the rtesult of the collaboration between ARPA Veneto (Silvia Pillon and Laura Susanetti) and University of Padua (Marco Marigo, Fabio zulli e Michele Carli).

The paper is not freely available online while the report  of the survey on the same topic is available here (in Italian, English abstract only).

OJAP Open Journal of Air Pollution has recently published the submission of PrepAIR’s partner ARPA Lombardia: a paper titled “Atmospheric Emission Sources in the Po-Basin from the LIFE-IP PREPAIR Project” by Alessandro Marongiu, Elisabetta Angelino, Marco Moretti, Giulia Malvestiti and Giuseppe Fossati.

The paper presents the focus on emission estimates in the Italian Regions of the Po-basin obtained by the development of a common air pollutant emission dataset on the Po-basin and Slovenia foreseen in LIFE PrepAIR project . The objective is to update emission inventories developed by the environmental protection agencies and regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Valle d’Aosta, the province of Bolzano (participating as stakeholder) and the province of Trento. A data flux is defined considering the activities on emission estimates by the different administrations according to the current Italian legislation. This activity has allowed the completion of two different datasets on the area for 2013 and 2017.

The full article is availabe here.



From 12th to 14th September a representative of  LIFE PrepAIR,  joined more than 50 representatives of LIFE integrated projects in Finland to attend to the Workshop on EU Life Integrated Projects – What did we learn?

The workshop has been hosted by the Finnish Ministry of Environment with the participation of the European Commission. The event’s goal was to gather conclusions and recommendations from the latest full funding period and share insight into the future of the LIFE funding instrument.

The event was also an occasion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the EU funding instrument for the environment and climate action and a great occasion for networking.



The video storytelling of LIFE PrepAIR project. Watch the trailer and contact us to host a premier show of the full movie!

Among the various thematic pillars tackled by LIFE PrepAir project – significant attention has been given to the topic of energy efficiency in public buildings: in particular, as far as concern training of public officials, the focus has been on CAM, Minimum Environmental Criteria, which became mandatory by law as of 2016 and now are a fundamental tool for Green Public Procurement policy enhancement in Italy.

In this regard, PrepAir’s partners have developed various initiatives : with the project now coming to an end, the results of these activities were presented the 9th of june in Trento, during a conference entitled ‘Energy Efficiency and Public Bodies’ organised by the Province of Trento , in the presence of the partners and the main stakeholders.

The event was part of the New European Bauhaus Festival: the ‘New European Bauhaus’, recently launched by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, is an initiative that harks back to the famous architectural movement of the XXth century, and promotes a new lifestyle for Europe – sensitive, inclusive and accessible – integrated with the concepts of the green deal.

Concepts that fits perfecly with research and materials produced by PrepAir in the area of energy efficiency the circular economy, and even more in view of future initiatives linked to the Resilienace and Renovation National Plan and structural funds.

Over the months, the project produced and proposed to stakeholders several otputs related to the topic of Minimun Environmental Criteria (even more than originally planned), registering great interest everywhere. As a result, four manuals have been published, intended for the Public Administration, which delve into the subject of the Minimum Environmental Criteria in as many application areas (construction, energy services, public lighting and public green areas); several training workshops have been held, in various areas of the Po Valley basin; a database on existing environmental certifications, and their correspondence to CAM; and three articulated e-learning modules have been implemented, which have involved and trained more than 900 users, mostly public officials or professionals in the sector.

The conference was also an opportunity to present the work done on the infopoint on the energy requalification of public buildings to support municipal officials, available at: https://info.lifeprepair.eu/

Lastly, the topic of Energy Communities and the role of local authorities was addressed, with an in-depth look at the coordination work carried out by the province of Trento in its own territory and a comparison between the various stakeholders. The topic of energy communities is on the agenda of numerous tables, and the conference allowed for a fruitful discussion in order to clear up some doubts and deepen those that are still unresolved. Several representatives of Trentino municipalities interested in setting up energy communities in the area participated.

“The issue of air quality can only be tackled successfully if it is dealt with in an integrated manner between its various aspects,’ he said during the meeting. There is a need to create a system between all the players involved: and the Public Administration, at every territorial level, must set an example, using all the levers in its possession to transfer this European strategic vision within which our work is developed to the various local spheres.

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