Provincia di Padova [rif. 6/2010]

Stato giuridico / Legal Status
Enti locali / Local authorities
Settore principale / Main sector
Altri settori / Other sectors
Nazione / Country
Città / Town
Provincia / Province
Indirizzo / Address
Piazza Antenore 3
Cap / Postal code
E-mail ente / Organisation e-mail
Tel. ente / Organisation tel.
+39 049 8201212
Fax ente / Organisation fax
+39 049 8201216
Referente / Contact person
Alessandra Tormene
E-mail referente / Contact person e-mail
Tel. referente / Contact person tel.
+39 049 8201293
Azione / Action
1 (expecially measure 1.1 and 1.2)
Idea di progetto / Project idea (English)
In Europe there is a growing concern about the environmental impact and the effect on the health of the citizens resulting from the emissions in the atmosphere by vehicles, factories and home heating. In compliance with the National Law D.Lgs 351/99 and the European Directive 96/62/CE, in 2004 the Veneto Regional Government approved the Regional Plan for the Air Protection to promote and restore air quality. The Province, an intermediate governmental body, coordinates all 104 affected communes to harmonize plans aimed at containing the severe problems of air quality which, especially in the Plain of Northern Italy, clash with meteorological and orographycal unfavourable conditions. The provincial decision-makers elected to adopt a stimulus package to abate particulates PM10 and Nox giving incentives to the replacement of home furnaces, the LPG conversion of vehicle engines and the control of emissions for vehicles and furnaces. On top of it, the Province has performed administrative and control duties concerning the emissions generated by the factories in the provincial territory. Further partners are the Municipalities, the Regional Agency for the environmental prevention and protection (ARPAV), the Public Health Authorities, as well as stakeholders like the civic committees, the entrepreneurs, the environmental organizations, the advocacy groups.A number of surveys performed by research institutions and watchdogs have worked out patterns for the measurement of the particulate emissions whose goal is to issue the warnings against dangers to the public health. Many efforts have been undertaken to disseminate the results of the measurements and surveys. Despite endeavours to carry out a successful communication, people’s perception of the risks to their health is badly affected by a shortage of appropriate communication tools. As a result, the public concern grows but no real change is made to the lifestyles which are responsible for the troubles. On the other hand, effective policies toward the reduction of air pollutants have their roots in communication. On a general level, measures like car sharing, transit and gas limitation programmes, low carbon emissions, home insulation or abatement by one degree of the house temperature, public transport use, regulations against air pollution by factories can only be effective if they are universally acknowledged. The goal of this project is the exchange of practices and experiences in Europe to understand how other partners have raised awareness among the citizens, what practices have proved most successful, how they have affected the citizens’ lifestyle and how to harmonize similar practices. It goes without saying that we are dealing indeed with a issue largely shared. Many European industrialized areas are affected by similar problems: the Northern Italian Plain, the Ruhr Basin, Bavaria, Greater London, the City of Bremen and Rotterdam port area. Padova, Bremen and Rotterdam have been involved in the EU project PARFUM co-financed by the EU-LIFE Programme. The debates concerning air emission from the perspective of commercial logistics and distribution ended with a series of recommendations. Among them the introduction of the Cityporto model of low carbon delivery in the city centres and the installation of methane gas stations. Web site: The PARFUM project will lay the basis for the Europe for Citizens project and launch the exchange of good practices in the domain of the increase of transparency in the public debate as well as the involvement in the decision process of as many citizens as possible.
Altre info / More info (Italiano)
L'Ufficio Gemellaggio ha l'obiettivo di fare conoscere altre realtà locali e promuovere la propria all'estero, collaborare a risolvere tematiche comuni, confrontarsi e scambiare esperienze. Grazie al supporto dei settori provinciali e di numerose istituzioni padovane, realizza iniziative a carattere educativo, culturale, sportivo, commerciale, turistico, che rafforzano i rapporti con amministrazioni europee e extraeuropee anche tramite la firma di apposite intese. Ha partecipato a progetti comunitari tra cui Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci Mobilità, Leonardo da Vinci VETPRO e Servizio Volontario Europeo, soprattutto favorendo lo scambio scolaresche e la mobilità giovanile europea.
Altre info / More info (English)
The Province of Padova is an intermediate local government ruling over about 900.000 inhabitants whose duty is to take care of local communities and promote their development. As such, the Provincial government has set up and coordinated a steering committee focusing on the development of international relations within the Europe for Citizens EU programme. So far, approx 30 municipalities from the Padova area have joined the committee. The Province acts as coordinator. Their interests range from high school education and vocational training to labour market and employment, cultural events, road safety, hunting and fishing, environmental protection, territorial planning, emergency and safety policies , etc. All project proposals will be duly examined and submitted to the most suitable partners by the coordinator Province of Padova.