The occasion was that of the Anci Assembly in Bergamo. And it was right there that the Municipality of Amelia was awarded for having presented a singular and innovative project by Enel at the Seventh Cresco Award – Sustainable Cities. The contest was promoted by the Sodalitas Foundation with the patronage of the National Association of Italian Municipalities, which rewards the commitment of Italian Municipalities for the sustainable development of the territories in line with the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda.
The recognition was awarded thanks to the project idea of the Municipality of Amelia “At school with full sun”, a virtuous example of service offered to children through innovative, sustainable and participatory models and technologies. In detail, the project has several objectives (tackling the problem of CO2 emissions from obsolete vehicles, having a cultural impact on the new generations, directing them towards sustainable behaviour) and includes two actions: the provision of three electric or plug-in hybrid school buses and the installation of integrated photovoltaic modules in canopies with connected infrastructure for recharging the school buses themselves.
The photovoltaic-powered charging stations will also be equipped with storage batteries and will be located under the canopy. All this will reduce the management costs of school transport, reduce C02 emissions and considerably improve the TOE There will be around 220 direct users a year, but in Amelia there are over 1,000 children under the age of 10 and the intervention will see them, their respective families and the entire Amerindian community as witnesses of change. It will be the seed of an educating society that lives, comments and shares good practices. The project will reduce CO2 emissions, reduce fuel costs by 50% and maintenance costs for school transport by 40%. The SDG of the UN reference objectives is 7, relating to “clean and accessible energy, promotion and use of renewable sources”.
The technical solutions that will be adopted will come from Enel X, the Enel Group company dedicated to innovative services, energy efficiency, public and artistic lighting. All the design, technical and operational details will be defined in the coming months together with the Municipality of Amelia. The award was presented to the councilor for the budget and social policies of the Municipality of Amelia, Antonella Sensini, by Filippo Rodriguez, Enel’s Italy sustainability manager, during the Cresco Award 2022 award ceremony at the Anci Assembly in Bergamo.
As regards the awards assigned directly by the Sodalitas Foundation, promoter of the Cresco Award initiative, the winners of this 2022 edition were the Municipalities of Roseto Capo Spulico (CS), Cles (TN), Crispiano (TA), the Municipalities of the PIA Rural (VI), Pozzuoli (NA) and Brescia. The awards, assigned by an independent jury, were presented today to the Mayors and Councilors of the municipal administrations mentioned during the aforementioned event, held yesterday as part of the 39th Annual Assembly of the ANCI, taking place from 22 to 24 November at the Bergamo Fair. Again this year, over 100 projects from 80 institutions (Municipalities, Metropolitan Cities, Mountain Communities or Unions of Municipalities from all over Italy) were nominated, in addition to the over 700 presented in previous editions that can now be consulted in the Cresco Library, an online database that it represents a unique heritage of knowledge and testifies to the fundamental commitment of Italian municipalities to guide the development of territories towards a sustainable future.
Once again in this edition, the Cresco Award was able to count on the partnership with a group of companies associated with the Sodalitas Foundation and particularly committed to sustainability – Bureau Veritas Italia, Certiquality, Confida, Enel, FedEx Express, Gedeon Richter Italia, Intesa Sanpaolo, KPMG, Lexmark, Mapei, Pirelli, Poste Italiane, Saint-Gobain, Solvay, STMicroelectronics – which have awarded awards to as many Local Authorities on specific issues.
“With the Cresco Award – said Dario Galizzioli, project manager for the Sodalitas Foundation – in addition to bringing out the best practices of local authorities, we want to stimulate innovative partnerships between companies and the territory by focusing on effective alliances between municipalities and companies, convinced that this is the best way to make our cities more sustainable and more inclusive and to give concrete answers to the needs of citizens”.
It was born in 1995 on the initiative of Assolombarda and a group of companies and volunteer managers as the first organization in Italy to promote Corporate Sustainability. Today it is a network participated by leading companies in the country, aware of the need to create a sustainable and inclusive future. It is committed to affirming and making the company’s leadership in sustainable development recognizable. Together with associated companies, it builds partnerships for the growth of people and communities, generating social value and contributing to a future of inclusion and development. The multi-stakeholder programs of the Sodalitas Foundation are carried out in co-planning with associated companies and the most relevant players: Third Sector, institutions, schools, universities and research centres, Italian and international networks.