Zero Emission LIFE IP - Zero Emissions Services for a Decarbonised Alpine Economy

LIFE17 IPC/IT/000005

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Contact person: Petra Piffer
Email: sasabz@sasabz.it

Project description:


In 2011, South Tyrol established an interdisciplinary strategy Climate Plan South Tyrol, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of each resident from 4.9 tonnes per year in 2008 to 4 tonnes per year by 2020 and 1.5 tonnes per year by 2050. Transportation is responsible for nearly half of all carbondioxide emissions in South Tyrol. The project beneficiary has developed a strategic plan to facilitate the mass-uptake of sustainable mobility via three main pillars: avoiding the need for transport, changing the mode of transport, and improving the means of transport by deploying more carbon-friendly vehicles.


In line with the objectives of South Tyrols climate plan, Zero Emission LIFE IP will be a catalyst for the development of a fully zero-emission road transport and mobility system across the region, along the Brenner corridor (a main European traffic axis) and in neighbouring regions. This will be achieved through a set of actions that includes:

  • deploying zero emission vehicles into a number of regional services;
  • developing a network of green fuelling and charging points for South Tyrol;
  • pioneering regional eco-tourism by implementing low-carbon footprint packages;
  • developing an evidence base for the technical feasibility and environmental impact of the regional zero-emission services model;
  • replicating the results of the project to other municipalities and regions and wider dissemination;
  • facilitating the development of zero-emission public transport and municipal services;
  • integrating previous standalone projects on zero emission vehicles and infrastructure as complementary actions to the project.
  • Expected results:
  • deployment of a fleet of 28 hydrogen fuel cell cars and 24 range extender vehicles, supported by 33 electric-vehicle charging stations, 5 hydrogen refuelling stations and a green hydrogen production plant. These will be joined by a further 27 fuel cell buses, 7 range extender waste trucks, 30 battery-powered electric buses, 34 vans, 38 cars and 2 road sweepers, funded through complementary actions. Together, this will result in a 0.4% reduction in traffic-based CO2 emissions in the project area;
  • more competitive zero emission services, leading to 30% of purchases of passenger cars, vans, motorcycles and trucks in South Tyrol and 10% of the regions vehicles being zero emission by 2026. In addition, all of South Tyrols buses will be zero emission by 2025. Together, this will result in a 15% reduction in traffic-based carbon dioxide emissions in South Tyrol by the end of the project.
  • In addition to the IP budget itself the project will facilitate the coordinated use of approx. 44 million of complementary funding from EU, national and private sector funds.



Environmental issues addressed:


Climate change Mitigation - GHG reduction in non EU ETS sectors
Industry-Production - Energy production and supply
Services & Commerce - Transportation - Storage
Energy - Efficiency
Climate change Mitigation - GHG reduction in EU ETS sectors


tourism‚  vehicle‚  greenhouse gas‚  public transport‚  mountainous area‚  renewable energy‚  traffic emission‚  greenhouse gas accounting‚  mobility

Natura 2000 sites

SCI ES1120004 A Marronda



Coordinator SASA


Project reference LIFE17 IPC/IT/000005
Duration 01-JAN-2019 to 30-DEC -2026
Total budget 19,259,332.00 €
EU contribution 7,927,070.00 €
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