The City of Torino, located in North-West Italy, covers an area of approximately 130 km2, mostly flat. It is surrounded by the crown of the Alps and hills, and is crossed by four rivers. The city’s population is about 900,000 inhabitants, while the metropolitan area counts 2.2 million inhabitants. Torino is the capital of the Piedmont Region, is the fourth Italian city by population and the third productive area in the Country.
Since the XX century the city has always been identified as the capital of the automotive industry, as well as an important centre of the banking, insurance and telecommunications sectors. In the last thirty years, the city led a major transformation process, from the economic, urban and cultural point of view. The Winter Olympics held in Torino in 2006 left a legacy that is not only physical, such as large sports and transport infrastructure and the recovery and redevelopment of the rich cultural and historical heritage, but also the equally important aspects as the visibility on the international scene and the attraction of tourists and international events.
The path to become “Smart City” started in 2009, when the City Council decided to take part in the initiative of the European Commission “Covenant of Mayors” and – as one of the first Italian cities – committed to elaborate an Action Plan for Energy.
The Torino Action Plan for Energy (TAPE), that represents a fundamental step towards Torino as “Smart City”, has been approved in 2010 and its objective is to reduce CO2 of 40% by 2020 (baseline: 1991). It is structured on 51 actions, concerning several sectors including transportation (public and private). Since the mid ‘90s the City of Torino worked on sustainable mobility, approving the Traffic Urban Plan and detailed scale plans (city centre mobility plan, cycle paths plan, road safety plan, etc).
In 2011 the City approved the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. The objectives of the SUMP are: 1. Improving accessibility to the city; 2. Ensuring and improving accessibility for people; 3. Improving air quality; 4. Improving the quality of urban environment; 5. Increase the use of public transport; 6. Efficiency and safety of road system; 7. Innovative technologies for mobility management; 8. Define the governance of the Plan. In 2013 the City approved the Biciplan, the document planning and development of cycling. Currently the Mobility Department is engaged in implementing several National and EU funded project in the mobility and transport sector.
Main tasks and responsibilities within the project
The City of Torino will participate in mainly in WP8, providing the required permission and supervising the civil works during the demonstration phase for the chargin hub (UC4). In addition, they will ve involve in WP2 in order to gather insights about the mobility patterns in Torino and to support the users and stakeholder engagement