DNSH: operational guide updated


Emma Potter

Inclusion of new technical data sheets

One of the main innovations introduced by Circular no. 22 it's about the inclusion of further technical data sheets. These sheets are necessary following the reprogramming and inclusion of new measures within the PNRR.

Furthermore, they were carried out revisions of some previous cards to take into account the evolution of environmental legislation.

Alignment with European Technical Guidelines

Another key aspect of the new guidance is the insurance of a greater alignment with the criteria contained in Technical guidance from the European Commission on the application of the principle “do not cause significant harm” in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2021/241 on the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

This alignment ensures closer coherence between national and European directives, facilitating the implementation of environmental measures and promoting greater harmonization of sustainable practices at community level.

Transposition of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/2486

With the update, the guide incorporates the indications deriving from the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/2486published in June 2023. This regulation introduces technical screening criteria for a number of environmental objectives, including:

  • sustainable use and protection of waters and marine resources;
  • circular economy, including waste prevention and recycling;
  • prevention and reduction of air, water or soil pollution;
  • protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems.

The inclusion of these criteria allows for a more rigorous and complete evaluation of the activities envisaged by the PNRR, ensuring that each initiative does not cause significant damage to the environment.

Specification of evidence for ReGiS

Another important innovation concerns the specification of the evidence to be uploaded to the ReGiS system in the main stages of implementation, namely:

  • certification relating to the selection of projects;
  • certification relating to the tender (or, in general, the award procedure);
  • certification on individual Work Progress Statuses (Project Reports).

These elements are fundamental to to document And show compliance with the DNSH principle at every stage of the project, ensuring transparency and traceability of the actions undertaken.

Minimum Environmental Criteria (CAM)

Finally, the new guide identifies the Minimum Environmental Criteria (CAM) referred to inarticle 57 of the Public Contracts Code (Legislative Decree 36/2023) for specific activities.

CAMs are essential tools to ensure compliance with the DNSH constraints of interest and to promote the adoption of sustainable practices in the management of public contracts.

Download the guide

The updated guide is published on the Italia Domani portal in the section dedicated to the DNSH principle. The section is continuously updated with in-depth materials, regulatory developments, FAQs and information on information events (webinars) dedicated to the application of taxonomic principles to specific types of interventions and related topics.

There Circular no. 22 of 14 May 2024 and the related documents are available at this link.