After electricity, gas, petrol and diesel, methane and LPG also fly. System policies are needed to protect the most vulnerable families
The cost of fuels still flies: this time the prices of methane and LPG are setting new records, with prices peaking by 2 euros per liter and 0.79 euros per liter respectively. An alarming trend, due to the increase in gas prices (as regards methane) and contract prices for October (for LPG): the result is a real sting for consumers, which will amount to approximately +132 Euros per year. Increases that are added to the exorbitant ones already foreseen in the electricity and gas bills and that make you fear the worst for the upcoming winter. In fact, a further increase in heating costs is expected, which could reach the peaks of 2012. According to estimates by ONF – (National Observatory Federconsumatori), the cost of heating oil will increase by + 19%, recording an average annual expense, for an average family in an apartment of 100 square meters, of over 1,400 Euros. The urgency to run for cover and admission prices to a new phase is evident: all the more so in light of the statements by Minister Cingolani who hopes for a drop in gases after the first quarter of 2022. respond by protecting the most vulnerable families and stemming the phenomenon of energy poverty, without, however, committing the mistake and contradiction of slowing down the necessary development of renewables. This is why, as we have been claiming for some time, we are convinced that the utmost effort is needed to coordinate the purchase of raw materials at European level: precisely in this sense, the proposal for an EU platform for natural gas contracts arrives from Spain and France, in in order to stand together against the economic trend in energy prices. Furthermore, at the national level, it is essential to implement more determined measures in the direction of the reform of system charges and excise duties, eliminating the application of VAT, other taxes and shifting some to general taxation (starting precisely from the incentives for renewable sources ). Furthermore, we believe it is imperative at this stage that the Government undertakes to promote a system agreement between road hauliers and fuel sales networks, in order to avoid further price increases. It is essential to monitor and stem speculative phenomena. This emergency requires everyone’s collaboration: this is why we ask the government to listen to the voice of citizens and the proposals of the associations that protect their interests and rights.
Graziano Urbinati Federconsumatori Rimini