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Fabio Venanzi

Fondazione Università degli Studi di Teramo

Viale Crucioli, 122 64100 Teramo, Italy.

Tel. +39 (0)861266572

Fax +39 (0)861266252




Giovanni Di Bartolomeo
Associate Professor of Economics
Facoltà di Scienze della Comunicazione,

Università degli Studi di Teramo

Coste S.Agostino, 64100 Teramo, Italy.

Tel. +39 (0)861.266051




The international network was born in 2007 by the contribution of the CUIA (University Consortium between Italy and Argentina) and it has a strong inter disciplinary nature as departments of food, agriculture, communication, economics, engineering and transport are directly involved.


The network is hosted by the University of Teramo at the Department of Communication. Other participating universities are the University of Buenos Aires (UBA); the University of Cuyo; the University of Rome La Sapienza; the University of Tor Vergata; the University of Tuscia; the Science and technology Park of Tor Vergata.


The main activity of the network is to study of the macro and micro economic impact of new energies, in particular agro-energies related to the biofuels. Given its nature, emphasis is placed on the comparative perspective between the Italian and Argentinean issues.



Coste S. Agostino Campus (Teramo)


More in details, the main themes of the projects are as follows.


  • The micro economic impact of the new energies, in particular biofuels, for expensive and intensive cultivations.
  • The international macroeconomic impact on inequality, food security, food policies and speculation.
  • The impact on the environment of the new energies.


As the project was born from the growing need from the private sector of a general institutional research reference, the project is constructed by aggregating research centre of different disciplines with the firms and firms associations operating in the sector, i.e. raw material and energy producers and users such as transportation companies. This mixture permits to the research member networks to investigate the process in all its aspects under different point of view and to have a constant comparison and stimulus from the real world.







What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy is energy obtained from sources that are virtually inexhaustible, such as biomass, the wind, and the sun (unlike, for example, petroleum and other fossil fuels, of which there is a finite supply.) Renewable energy also tends to emit fewer pollutants than non-renewable sources, leaving environment cleaner and healthier.


The project in brief

Biofuels are expected to be an alternative fuel that can contribute to achieving a low carbon society, but they also have potentially serious social and environmental consequences. The project will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the environmental, economic, and social effects of biofuels relating to their production, trade, and use, as well as formulate viable policy options to optimize biofuel use for environmentally sustainable society.