In recent years, awareness of the environmental, social, and economic impact of tourism has increased. Due to its particular geographical characteristics, the area on the border of Italy and Switzerland is a popular place for hikers, whose numbers continue to increase considerably. This entails greater pressure on the local ecosystems, which can sometimes result in a deterioration in the quality of life in those areas.
For this reason, local governments must take on this responsibility, encouraging the spread of practices that protect the economy and society as well as the environment. The work described in this paper heads in this direction, suggesting certain measures to reduce the impact of tourism through more sustainable mobility.
The report is divided into four chapters and one appendix:
- The first chapter presents the method used to collect and analyse the data related to the charging stations for electric mobility and the accommodation facilities present in the pilot areas;
- The second chapter includes an analysis of the current status of the charging systems and accommodation facilities present in the three pilot areas;
- The third chapter describes the method used to identify the criteria for installing the various types of charging stations for electric vehicles and positioning them in the areas involved;
- The fourth chapter lists certain discussion points and suggestions for a sustainable development strategy for charging stations serving the tourism sector;
- The appendix contains the tables comparing the main websites that offer information on charging stations for electric vehicles, as well as the maps that make up the Atlas of infrastructure needs for electric mobility. All of the maps in the Atlas for each case study are available in an interactive version on the project website (progettomobster.eu/) and on an online platform managed by Eurac Research (https://maps.eurac.edu/maps).
The analyses described in this paper aim to suggest how to satisfy the tourists’ need for charging stations. They can be a support for regional planning of electric mobility in the three pilot areas. However, they do not and cannot replace the on-site analysis and design phases for these infrastructures.