In 2011, South Tyrol established an interdisciplinary strategy Climate Plan South Tyrol, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of each resident from 4.9 tonnes per year in 2008 to 4 tonnes per year by 2020 and 1.5 tonnes per year by 2050. Transportation is responsible for nearly half of all carbondioxide emissions in South Tyrol. The project beneficiary has developed a strategic plan to facilitate the mass-uptake of sustainable mobility via three main pillars: avoiding the need for transport, changing the mode of transport, and improving the means of transport by deploying more carbon-friendly vehicles.
In line with the objectives of South Tyrols climate plan, Zero Emission LIFE IP will be a catalyst for the development of a fully zero-emission road transport and mobility system across the region, along the Brenner corridor (a main European traffic axis) and in neighbouring regions. This will be achieved through a set of actions that includes: deploying zero emission vehicles into a number of regional services; developing a network of green fuelling and charging points for South Tyrol; pioneering regional eco-tourism by implementing low-carbon footprint packages; developing an evidence base for the technical feasibility and environmental impact of the regional zero-emission services model; replicating the results of the project to other municipalities and regions and wider dissemination; facilitating the development of zero-emission public transport and municipal services; integrating previous standalone projects on zero emission vehicles and infrastructure as complementary actions to the project.
Expected results: deployment of a fleet of 28 hydrogen fuel cell cars and 24 range extender vehicles, supported by 33 electric-vehicle charging stations, 5 hydrogen refuelling stations and a green hydrogen production plant. These will be joined by a further 27 fuel cell buses, 7 range extender waste trucks, 30 battery-powered electric buses, 34 vans, 38 cars and 2 road sweepers, funded through complementary actions. Together, this will result in a 0.4% reduction in traffic-based CO2 emissions in the project area; more competitive zero emission services, leading to 30% of purchases of passenger cars, vans, motorcycles and trucks in South Tyrol and 10% of the regions vehicles being zero emission by 2026. In addition, all of South Tyrols buses will be zero emission by 2025. Together, this will result in a 15% reduction in traffic-based carbon dioxide emissions in South Tyrol by the end of the project.
In addition to the IP budget itself the project will facilitate the coordinated use of approx. 44 million of complementary funding from EU, national and private sector funds.