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Giovannini at WEF: infrastructure and mobility crucial for sustainable development



Giovannini at WEF: infrastructure and mobility crucial for sustainable development

Italy is strongly committed to the ecological and digital transition that can no longer wait, as the pandemic crisis has shown. Every effort must be made to affirm a new paradigm of sustainable development by prioritising investments and projects to improve people's quality of life. Transport and infrastructure have a fundamental role to play in improving the resilience of countries and economies, and mobility, the Minister added, "can and must play a leading role in the ecological transition, in order to achieve the goals of Agenda 2030 and the European Green Deal". This is the message that the Minister for Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility, Enrico Giovannini, gave at the Word Economic Forum meeting "Shaping the future of mobility", which took place alongside the annual International Transport Forum (ITF).

Minister Giovannini stressed that the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted even more the close relationship between the environment, the economy and people's lives, as well as the risks posed by production models based on the intensive use of non-renewable sources. Thus, environmental goals "must go hand in hand with economic and social considerations. We do not simply need 'a transition'. We need a 'just transition' and now is the right time to start it. Many countries, not only in the European Union, are developing and implementing recovery and resilience plans" through public investment policies aimed at strengthening the commitment to zero emissions and overcoming territorial disparities.

In this process, said the Minister, "Italy intends to play a leading role, also in its current capacity as annual President of the G20 and partner country of the CoP26. "Our NRP envisages 235 billion to implement reforms and investments. Approximately 40% of these resources will be allocated to projects and initiatives that contribute to achieving climate goals. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, with 62 billion euros in investments, will play a decisive role in achieving the sustainability and pollutant emission reduction targets". Minister Giovannini then referred to projects aimed at improving people's quality of life (extension of high-speed rail and strengthening of regional networks, digitalisation measures to improve road safety, improvement of housing and social infrastructure), the competitiveness of businesses, and environmental protection. But to fully achieve the expected results," he concluded, "it is essential that this commitment is part of a coherent, broader and integrated action programme at European and international level.