Green economy and mobility, a virtuous circle for cities

Published on Thursday, 10 November 2016

At the General Assembly of the Green Economy, which closed yesterday in Rimini, Enel brought its vision of green economy and the development of electric mobility.

If technology and innovation are drivers for a green, circular economic model, cities are the nerve centres that ignite the spark of change. The role of urban areas as a guide towards a more sustainable economy has been the theme of the conference "Cities, the green economy drivers", which closed the General Assembly of the Green Economy, scheduled on November 8 and 9 in Rimini as part of the twentieth edition of Ecomondo, the Italian green technology fair.

"The final day of the General Assembly devoted to cities - said the Foundation for Sustainable Development president Edo Ronchi, - opens up new working scenarios for next year's event. Cities encompass many problems, but they also have a greater potential for the development of the green economy".

The focus on urban areas, increasingly large and chaotic, proposes once again the need to guide development toward areas and styles of life on a human scale that respect the environment, leading to smart, efficient and green cities. Electricity can be essential to bring about change, enabling the application of intelligent technologies and paving the way for a low-emission mobility model. E-mobility.

A field in which Enel firmly believes. The Director of Enel Italy Carlo Tamburi recalled this when speaking at the event: "There is no match between gas and electricity: electric car emissions are less than half than those in hydrocarbons and natural gas", he stressed to explain how electric vehicles have increasingly become carriers capable of ensuring sustainable mobility while reducing emissions. "These data will still improve considering the expected growth of renewable sources and how the efficiency of electric vehicles will increase especially from the use of batteries".

Tamburi then spoke about Enel’s innovative projects, with the development of flexible technologies that go beyond mobility: "Electric cars - explained - can also be a tool to stabilise the network, by feeding the grid with energy from batteries when they are not used, the so-called Vehicle 2 Grid, which we are testing in Denmark and the UK". The Authority for Energy is working in this field to find a system of rules and remuneration ensuring its application in Italy.
Enel is also active in electric car sharing and corporate fleets, and is developing major projects with large companies. Regarding car sharing, it has signed an agreement with Roma3 university involving 30 vehicles and charging stations so that students and professors can use and test the service. In addition, a new app is coming soon with innovative services and charging deals.

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