Automotive, technological and design innovation: this is, broadly speaking, the scheme to favor the development of sustainable mobility in Italy and Europe.

According to the Business Council for Sustainable Development, sustainable mobility is synonymous with freedom and love for the environment, thanks to the possibility of increasing travel without losing sight of the human aspect of safeguarding the planet. This thought was completely incorporated into the Roman universities which, in May 2019, signed an agreement with Sarengo, the first operator of Electric car sharing from the Bel Paese.

Based on this agreement, the students and teachers of the University of Rome Tre will be able to rent an eco-friendly car made available by the company at a reduced price.

Automotive pollution: 92% of the population lives in smog

To understand the importance of this opportunity, it is enough to take into consideration the WHO estimates on the current environmental condition. In recent years, the transport sector has consumed one fifth of the world’s primary energy, making the quality of the air highly polluted: 92% of the world population, in fact, lives in places full of smog. In Italy, in particular, fine particles with 2.5 Pm — those potentially more lethal — are concentrated in the northern part of the peninsula, with an annual average ranging between 26 and 35 micrograms.

Ecological transfers: the advantages of this new contract

Based on these considerations, the signing of the contract between Roma Tre and Sarengo, which took place at the “Elettrico è meglio” conference within the Sustainability Festival organized by ASviS (Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development) and by RUS (Rete of Universities for Sustainable Development), paves the way for a broader discussion on ecological travel in the Capital and, more generally, in Italy. Indeed, the synergy between the public university environment and the private environment can be the first step to expand this thought beyond organizations, involving young people first and foremost.

So how to reduce fine particles, nitrogen dioxide and the ozone hole?

Instructing young people about the new technologies available, convincing governments to invest more and more in hybrid and electric vehicles and approaching even the highest age groups. This thought, together with that of the Smart City is able to completely change the habits of the citizens: starting from the experimentation of new motorized vehicles, in fact, everyone will be able to understand the opportunities offered by sustainable mobility, approaching increasingly healthy and healthy lifestyles.