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Italian Income Tax Credit Scheme

The Italian government introduced a tax rebate scheme if consumers buy refrigerators or freezers, which have an EU energy label class A+ or A++, while verifying the disposal of the old appliance. The policy was effective from 2007 until the end of 2010. In the first seven months the sales for the top labelled product groups increased by 28% to a market share of 67%. Between 2005 and 2010 in Italy, the average new appliance’s annual energy consumption dropped 11% points to 255 KWh per year.


  • Tholen, Lena (Lead author)
  • Adisorn, Thomas (Author)
  • Thomas, Stefan (Reviewer)

References and further reading

  • Attali, Sophie; Bush, Eric; Michel, Anette (2009): Factors influencing the penetration of energy efficient electrical appliances into national markets in Europe. Report for Defra. www.bigee.net/s/w5zj4p
  • BIO Intelligent Service; Fondazione Eni Enrico Matei (FEEM); Metroeconomica; Ecologic (2008): A study on the costs and benefits associated with the use of tax incentives to promote the manufacturing of more and better energy-efficient appliances and equipment and the user purchasing of these products. www.bigee.net/s/bzgbyk
  • Conseil Européen de la Construction d'appareils Domestiques (CECED) (2007): A powerful communications push while the 2008 Budget Law lands at the Parliament - Large Appliance Manufacturers in Italy Ask for Incentives to Transform the Market in 2008 www.bigee.net/s/d5iqd5 
  • Eurostat (2011): Energieabhängigkeit www.bigee.net/s/7ymazz
  • Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK) (2011): At the doorstep of the new EU Label – How much further can White Goods cut down on the energy bills? www.bigee.net/s/nt5r56
  • International Energy Agency (IEA) (2009): Energy Policies of IEA Countries. Italy. Review www.bigee.net/s/n7cgee 
  • International Energy Agency (IEA): Provision on GHG Emissions Reduction www.bigee.net/s/pjxva9
  • Kosonen, Katri; Nicodème, Gaetan (2009): Taxation papers. The role of fiscal instruments in environmental policy. www.bigee.net/s/6uez36
  • Ministry of Economic Development (MEC) (2007): Italian Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2007 www.bigee.net/s/nfp2zc 
  • Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (2011): MURE Database - Fiscal incentives for energy savings in the household sector www.bigee.net/s/2y69va 
  • Terna Web magazine (2008): Energy label helps you save money www.bigee.net/s/sdq7pq  


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    Financial incentives

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    2007 to 2010

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