"Italy is the black sheep of Europe," said Roberto Della Seta of the Legambiente organisation. The group says Italians drive an average 15,000 kilometres each year — 31% more than the European average and 60% more than the average German.
Italy still gets 88% of its energy by burning fossil fuels. Renewable sources account for less than 6%. The country’s greenhouse-gas emissions have risen 12.1% since 1990, rather than heading towards the 6.5% reduction target that Italy pledged to reach in the 2008-12 period.