Italian energy giant ENI and ASSTRA, the national association of local public transport companies in Italy, signed on August 4 a collaboration agreement to implement a series of initiatives and trials to decarbonise transport and reduce the levels of particulates released into the air, using a holistic and technologically neutral approach to identify the appropriate solution for each area of use.
The alliance between the world of energy production and local public transport services aims to accelerate sustainable mobility and decarbonisation to create environmental, social and economic value for Italy, in line with the 2050 objectives of the European New Green Deal.
According to ENI, the agreement provides for joint studies to share expertise, mutual participation in thematic working groups and the promotion of a joint position paper highlighting the different existing energy, technological and organisational opportunities. These opportunities include those deriving from the integration of public transport and forms of sharing mobility, the use of biolubricants and biofuels in public transport and the application of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and “Well to Wheel” approach in assessing the impact the various mobility solutions have on emissions.
Hydrogen mobility is also included in the agreement. ENI and Asstra will assess the possibility to begin experiments involving the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel.
In line with the holistic collaboration approach, the agreement aims to promote training initiatives for member companies and public transport users to help create and disseminate a culture of circularity and greater environmental and social awareness of alternative mobility solutions.