The Italian government has announced various initiatives that will encourage sustainability through incentives for biking, green transportation, and environmentally friendly recovery projects.
Continuing Eco Fight
In the midst of an emergency COVID-19, being environmentally friendly must be sacrificed for safety. To reduce the spread of the virus, there has been a boom in disposable plastic, a preference for packaged goods in stores, and a tendency to use private modes of transportation above the public. Italy’s green proposal may be in an effort to compensate for these irregularities in sustainability, and eco-friendly initiatives are expected to get the country back on track for a sustainable future.
Because the quiet and quiet Italian streets have been replaced by city traffic and the usual haze when restrictions are relaxed, the Italian government has promoted cycling as an alternative by offering “bicycle bonuses”. People who live in the city center with a population of more than 50,000 people are entitled to contributions of up to € 500 for the purchase of bicycles, e-scooters, or anything that does not use a combustion engine. Bonuses can be requested to cover up to 60% of new vehicles.
Each city also encourages cycling with the introduction new cycle paths in Milan and a project in Bologna to encourage cycling to work. “Cycling to work“The project will see companies contributing to the Bologna board if they are seen as actively providing biking incentives to work through employee miles-based cycling or reducing bicycle sharing costs. In Rome, share an electric scooter being driven with 1,000 new vehicles added to the fleet and an option for a return of up to 60% on rental costs from mobility bonuses.
Public Transportation Goes Green
Pictures of Venice “Clean” channel under COVID-19 lockdown became viral in March. Although the real reason is the mud, which is usually stirred by ships, settles back to the bottom of the canal, Venice’s air pollution levels have indeed dropped as a result of less ship exhaust fumes. The Venetian Council has now announced that by 2030, the city’s fleet of water vessels and ferries will be replaced new model with a hybrid engine. Private boat owners will also be given subsidies to install hybrid engines.
In addition, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced it will invest € 450 million in a project by the Italian state-owned railway company FS Italiane to introduce 135 new hybrid trains. Regional trains will have a lower environmental impact by producing less pollution and becoming more efficient.
Continuous COVID Recovery
EIB will also support green public sector projects in the province of Trento in northern Italy. The bank is expected to invest € 300 million in sustainable recovery projects in areas such as transportation, renewable energy and urban development. The fund will also be dedicated specifically to combating climate change. Every city or public entity in the province is eligible for investment if they propose an environmentally friendly recovery project after an economic crisis triggered by a COVID-19 emergency.
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