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Leftist coalition in Italy signals boost in climate ambition

The newly formed coalition between M5S and the PD will likely seek to accelerate Italy’s renewable energy expansion, but gas will remain a key transition fuel The newly formed coalition between M5S and the PD will likely seek to accelerate Italy’s renewable energy expansion, but gas will remain a key transition fuel.
By Anna Gumbau 30 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34532
M5S leader Luigi Di Maio after talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome. (PA)

A new leftist coalition government is taking shape in Italy, with climate and environmental policy set to be one of its priorities.

The populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and the socialist Democratic Party (PD) agreed on Thursday to form a government after Italy’s recent political crisis prompted Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to resign. The new coalition pushes Matteo Salvini’s nationalist and climate-sceptic Lega party to the sidelines, which could pave the way for a faster deployment of renewable energy in Italy’s energy mix.

The PD has taken...