Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian and Italy’s Minister of the Environment Gian Luca Galletti stressed expansion of Tehran-Rome ties in the area of the environment and renewable energies.
On the sidelines of the talks, Chitchian told reporters that the two sides discussed environmental issues, renewable energies and issues related to water and electricity.
He further remarked that such issues are mainly similar in most countries, adding that taking advantage of Italy’s experience in the solution of environmental issues is beneficial.
He said it was decided that research institutes of the two countries cooperate with each other in the field of environment and renewable energies and pave the way for cooperation and transfer of technology between Italian and Iranian companies.
Meanwhile, Gian Luca Galletti said he believed Iran and Italy follow a common target which is respect for the people and the environment, adding that in the contemporary world climatic changes are the common enemy of all the countries.
He said transfer of expertise is among commitments of his country which is not merely confined to technology but to the wastewater treatment, renewable energies, using urban wastes for the generation of energy and its improvement.
The Italian minister noted that currently 50% of urban energy in Italy is obtained from renewable energies such as wind, sun and geothermal, adding that generation of this kind of energy on some days even increases to 65%.
He said in case the nuclear talks lead to a good and final result and sanctions are lifted, more serious cooperation will be shaped between the two countries.
The Italian minister added that for the presence of Italian companies in Iran, a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Iranian Department of Environment to enable research institutes of both the countries to commence the required cooperation.