Drawing on a recognised network of experts we specialize in research activities focused on the analysis and definition of economic and industrial policy making. Based on a multidiciplinary approach, including the economic, managerial and regulatory aspects we deal with economic and industrial strategies and policies with particular reference to infrastructural, energy, transport and environmental choices.
Sustainability, energy and environment, circular economy, energy regulation, environmental policy, energy production, distribution, and consumption, governmental interventions in environmental markets; waste management, transportation, e-Mobility, railways, airlines business model and strategy, infrastructure management.

Current projects

New tariffs for Municipal Solid Waste Management

After a detailed analysis of the costs of the service for the collection and disposal of urban waste, CESISP launches a new research project on the themes of allocative efficiency related to the determination of the tariff structures paid by users. The new tariffs will not only have to consider the cost reflectivity of the service provided to the user but also provide adequate behavioral signals to promote virtuous behavior. This is a complex mapping of the service cost chain, also considering the negative and positive externalities that must be valued in the pricing determination. The research project is completed by an analysis of the perimeters of activities connected with waste cycle management in which to identify the areas open to the market from the areas in which a technical monopoly is rational in order to avoid distortions of competition.

The new electricity market foreseen in the clean energy package: new challenges for competition

The ongoing liberalization process of the European electricity markets comprehends the transition from centralized to smart distributed generation systems characterized by an increasing share of renewable sources and enabling ICTs. The upcoming package of EU directives currently under discussion makes the consumer even more central and recognizes new figures commonly identified as prosumers. The roles of typical stakeholders, such as electricity consumers, producers, sellers, and service providers are changing. In addition, new roles also emerge, such as the aggregators. The need of distribution system operators and transmission system operators for the digital upgrade is expected to increase in the coming years, in order to move towards a smarter market, enabled by technologies that  allow both consumers to manage electricity consumption in real-time and suppliers to more efficiently meet demand. However, we believe that the new package of EU directives was overlooking the competitive dimension of the changing electricity market conditions. As recently investigated by EU commission, the development of ICTs and big data in the new market platform can prompt more sophisticated forms of collusion, price discriminations f barriers to entry by controlling data platform with respect to competitors and prosumers.

Public transport service: effects and perspectives of competition

In Europe, competition in public transport is limited to specific market segments. However, the evolution of Community legislation (4th railway package) and national pressure for more extensive and rapid reforms will radically change the sector.
In Italy, competition in air transport has led to a serious crisis for the major national carriers and to the disappearance of many of the smaller ones. In contrast, competition in high-speed rail transport has led to a large growth of the market and the success of the two market players. What lessons can be learned from these examples for segments that are not yet competitive, in particular local and rail transport on the traditional network? How will business strategies need to change to cope with increasing competitive pressures? What benefits will competition bring to public finances?