Marinedi presents its five-year programme for energy autonomy

Marina di Salina

Following reception of the operating license on 28 August, management of the Marina of Salina by the Marinedi Group will start in April 2024. The Marina of Salina, in eastern Sicily, has 158 berths for watercraft up to 40 metres and a maximum depth of 5 metres.

Marina di Salina

In the short term, our goal is to make the marina safe and render it usable all year round, not solely in the summer period as it has been until now. This will guarantee a longer boating season, which starts in April and lasts at least until the end of October. In addition, we will add services that currently aren’t present, ensure fixed rates, and a 24-hour reception, all combined with the traditional hospitality that distinguishes the Marinedi brand.Renato Marconi, Sole Director of the Marinedi Group

The goal of the Marinedi Group includes the proposed completion of maritime works for the new marina, to increase the number of berths, and obtain a longer-term operating license.

Energy autonomy program

During the press conference, Mr. Marconi and Mr. Nino Musca presented the Marinedi Group’s new five-year autonomous energy supply programme with renewable sources.

Renato Marconi
Renato Marconi

The aim of the programme is to make Marinedi network marinas more autonomous and sustainable by exploiting renewable, clean and self-produced sources.

The programme is also aimed at significantly reducing other combustion pollutants, which are the main cause of poor air quality in port locations. This will increase the dynamism and competitiveness of the Italian port system, with a view of reducing climate-altering emissions.Nino Musca, Marinedi Group

The project also aims to promote the preservation of natural heritage and biodiversity, including interventions such as the production of energy from renewable sources (small wind turbines, thermal and photovoltaic solar energy, etc.), the energy efficiency of port buildings and public lighting systems, the use of electric means of transport (scooters, pedal-assisted bicycles, electric cars), overhauls of inefficient port energy infrastructures, the construction of infrastructures for the use of electricity, and the reduction of polluting emissions from boats on the quayside.

Next steps for sustainability

The five-year plan will start with the energy diagnosis of each Marina in the network to identify the interventions to be implemented. Research into the creation of an energy community extended to neighbouring production and commercial facilities as well as the port’s infrastructure will take place.

We will perform an analysis for each port to identify actions to be taken in order to achieve energy autonomy throughout the entire network within five years, with electricity produced from local renewable sources. In this way, we aim to achieve environmental and economic sustainability goals.Renato Marconi