Sustainable tourism, charging up on clean energy
Tourism is one of the pillars of the Italian economy, thanks to the rich historic, artistic and natural heritage of its regions. But how can we work to preserve that heritage and its backdrop while promoting good practices in terms of environmental sustainability and economic and energy savings? Enel X and Egea have provided an answer to that question by lighting a green spark of energy in the province of Granda (Cuneo) that will soon extend out into the rest of Piedmont and nearby Liguria. The two companies, which share a mission to provide innovative services that will improve the day-to-day life of both private individuals and companies, have signed a memorandum of intent for the creation of a widespread network of charging stations for electric cars that will cover both regions and service 85 municipalities.
The new generation charging stations will deliver an 80% charge in just 30 minutes, which in turn will maximise opportunities for long e-car journeys and thus make the surrounding area not just a model of zero impact tourism but also a shining example of sustainability and innovation good practices.
In all, 255 charging stations will be installed by the end of 2022 at no cost to the 85 municipalities involved. The first station in the project, which offers a smart, eco-friendly marriage of mobility and tourism, was officially inaugurated during the round table event that took place on 12 July at Castello di Grinzane Cavour in the heart of the Langhe.
This project marks a further leap forward in the spread of mobile electricity in Italy. The development plan we have created with Enea will provide massive impetus to “green” tourism by encouraging types of mobility that reduce atmospheric and noise pollution while preserving the beauty of our country