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E-MOTICON speaks of the Alpine Space to public administrations

E-MOTICON speaks of the Alpine Space to public administrations

On March,26, a public event was held in Milan to mark the end of the project captained by RSE, with cooperation, interoperability and spreading as its watchwords.

At the end of last March Milan's Palazzo Lombardia, headquarters of the Regional Administration, played host to the closing event of e-MOTICON [e-MObility Transnational strategy for an Interoperable COmmunity and Networking in the Alpine Space]. Implemented under RSE’s coordination, e-MOTICON is a project belonging to the Alpine Space programme that involved 15 partners from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia over a period of 30 months.

The final event featured a full agenda including a constructive debate involving public administrations (the primary target audience of the project's results), researchers and economic operators, each tasked with a special role in fostering the spread of electrical transportation and  charging infrastructures. The event also produced a White Paper setting out the six key pillars of an even distribution of e-mobility in the Alpine Space as well as the Guidelines for the Regional Action Plans of the 5 countries involved.

The event was opened by Claudia Maria Terzi, Councilor for infrastructures, transportation and sustainable mobility of the Lombardia Region, who commented: “Sustainability is a topic of paramount importance that all regions in the Po river area have long been committed to, also in consideration of the crucial issues still affecting air quality in said area. The installation of charging stations at strategic locations and free access to charging services with no need to sign a contract with a specific provider shall definitely help us move towards our sustainability goals”.

“We are trying to foster joint efforts between the regions – said  Francesco Balocco, the Piedmont Region's Councilor for transportation, infrastructures, public works and soil defense - and to move further towards sustainable (environmental and social) growth with an enhanced spirit of collaboration. Regarding mobility, we have to set clearcut goals (overcoming our dependency on oil) and be well aware that we will face resistance. We can't move forward with blinkers on: resistance has to be understood, tackled and overcome. On such crucial issues, we must create partnerships as we did for the development of major railway corridors in Europe, which, by the way, are just another type of e-mobility system”.

After expressing his thanks to Cristina Cavicchioli, project coordinator, for her excellent work RSE's Strategy and Communication Manager Romano Ambrogi highlighted the project's ability to attract considerable social and economic strength, which made the project itself more impactful. “In addition to public administrations and local bodies, there are companies that proved sensitive and capable to gather around the e-MOTICON programme. RSE gave a contribution to such consortium in the form of its experience with the impact of e-mobility on decarbonization and interconnection, as well as with regulatory and planning aspects”.

Cristina Cavicchioli also stressed that “the e-MOTICON project aimed to tackle the problem of a still limited, inhomogeneous use of e-mobility in the Alpine Space, and to table solutions and strategies to foster its homogeneous development, setting the guidelines for the industry and the public administrations involved, devising joint strategies and approaches”.

The event was matched with an exhibition held in Piazza Lombardia, one more proof of the fact the project was meant to be translated into tangible actions; 40 exhibitors gathered to represent the entire e-mobility supply chain, from cars to charging stations all the way through to utilities and institutions. RSE took this opportunity to showcase the results of other recent research projects on the same topic, starting with the publication titled Elements of a sustainable mobility roadmap, included in the “Colloquia” editorial collection.