On Friday, 13th of July, Energy Observer team hosted a round table on the challenges and development of clean mobility in Venice and its lagoon.
As it makes its way around the world and thanks to the first hydrogen vessel’s stopover in Venice, local stakeholders on clean transport gathered at the center of Energy Observer village. The purpose of this discussion: to show and demonstrate the relevance of electric mobility in a city like Venice. Particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, the city of the Doges is battling pollution from boats, a rising sea level and endangered biodiversity.
This meeting, initiated by Alberto Sonino, Administrator of the marina de Certosa and Victorien Erussard, founder and captain of Energy Observer, brought together public and private bodies of maritime transport in Venice: CORILA and ISMAR-CNR, Padoue University, AVM/ACTV group, R.I.Na, and Energy Observer partners Engie, Delanchy and Air Liquide. Representatives of NGOs were also present demonstrating how Venetian civil society is addressing these challenges.
Making Venice an example for clean mobility
Stakeholders involved gathered to present their work, projects and experiences, as well as their vision and expectations regarding clean mobility in the heart of the lagoon.
“Venice is a symbolic place to discuss the future of maritime transport. Here, more than anywhere, the challenges on protecting the environment, biodiversity and health of its inhabitants are obvious. Energy Observer is an experimental vessel that paves the way for practical applications, both at sea and on land. An experience that Energy Observer shares with the industry and port stakeholders everywhere in this world, proving that these technologies are ready for use. The next step will be to provide the momentum to develop these revolutionary solutions.” Victorien Erussard, founder and captain of Energy Observer
“I am delighted to see that all local stakeholders have responded to the invitation and shared their experiences and work. The thorough presentation of Energy Observer technologies is very inspiring for future concrete applications in favor of clean mobility in Venice. Energy Observer is proof that technologies exist; now we need appropriate regulations and the drive to develop these in protected areas such as the lagoon: the market will follow! As a stakeholder participating in the sustainable redevelopment of Certosa, I am delighted that this round table confirms that the island serves as a reference for yachting and clean mobility.” Alberto Sonino, Administrator of the marina de Certosa
“ENGIE has chosen to support Energy Observer project because it represents the fundamental elements of innovation and ecology, which are absolutely vital to improving the quality of life of all individuals, both today and in the future. We work daily to guarantee access to clean energy, such as 100% green electricity, photovoltaic, wind-powered, geothermic as well as smart building, intelligent lighting and electric mobility. We are convinced that, looking beyond, hydrogen on which the ENGIE Group is already developing these complementary projects using renewable energy resources, will be the engine of the future for a completely carbonless world.” Gianluca Benelli, Director of the North-East section of ENGIE Italy, stakeholder in the energy and services sectors.
“We have to protect the fauna and flora which are unable to adapt to this environment that is changing continuously. The electrical propulsion technique is not only a good option for improving air quality, it also allows more efficient travel, a better management of vessels, with lower maintenance costs and greater comfort for travelers, while reducing our CO2 emissions. It’s the right moment to begin thinking about the future and we must work together to accomplish it, we need to start now.” Pierpaolo Campostrini, CORILA and CNR-ISMAR
“We have the will to develop “green” boats for the Venetian Lagoon. We just received authorization to use electric boats, so we are in the process of looking into various projects so that, in a few years, hybrid boats will be able to navigate the Grand Canal.”
Gianluca Cuzzolin, Navigation Director, AVM/ACTV Group
“Considering the lasting cooperation of various institutions in the renewable energy sector, suitable legislation must be drafted as soon as possible, in order to shift from the experimental phase to large scale production which will make the products immediately available.”Andrea Boa, President Idrogenpark Scarl de la Confindustria, association of Italian industrialists.