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In Italy, Enel X has partnered with a consortium of 140 urban and suburban transport companies to make local public transportation more sustainable.

Enel X and ASSTRA have signed a memorandum of intent aimed at reducing emissions from urban and suburban lines and improving the quality of service.

The two parties will embark on a series of activities promoting sustainable mobility in Italian cities including:

  • The development of new business models that accelerate the energy transition of bus supply systems and ensure more efficient use of public funds made available under the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport’s (MIT) National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Mobility.
  • The design of state-of-the-art infrastructure and charging stations, through to the definition of new smart cities solutions to cut fleet consumption, maintenance and refueling costs and designing mobility services with higher added value. 

The agreement also provides for the development of energy efficiency solutions to be applied at public transport depots.

Enel X and ASSTRA will encourage awareness campaigns about the harmful effects of environmental and noise pollution, with particular attention to urban centers.

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Augusto Raggi, head of Enel X Italia, said: “The partnership with ASSTRA aims to accelerate the energy transition to public electric transport.

“The partnership between a major industrial player such as Enel X and ASSTRA will lead to the identification of innovative business models for an integrated public transport system with energy-efficient, green and digital solutions. In so doing we can increase transport comfort for citizens and reduce operating costs, with advantages for the Public Administration and external benefits for cities such as improved air quality and reduced air and noise pollution.”

Andrea Gibelli, president of ASSTRA, said: “ASSTRA, with the memorandum of intent signed today, intends to further substantiate the work it is carrying out to develop technological innovation applied to public transport. The innovative aspect of the memorandum signed with Enel X Italia lies in the exploration of new business models for electric collective transport systems on buses, aimed at accelerating the energy transition by ensuring a more effective and efficient use of public funds, for a sector whose importance for the country today is emerging dramatically due to the pandemic. Our intention is to look ahead to build today a better future for local public transport and therefore for citizens.”