In 2018, the Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE) approved the Building Site Project Variant of the project for the Italian side of the cross-border section of the Turin-Lyon railway line.
The approval act included a series of requirements drawn by the EIA Committee – a body of the Ministry of the Environment – and by the Piedmont Region.
In order to comply with these requirements, TELT has chosen to work alongside institutions, agencies and universities to make use of the best expertise available in the environment field; to put into place integrated actions to protect people, flora, fauna and resources; and where possible, to initiate processes to improve those areas that have suffered the impact of production processes prior to those of Turin-Lyon.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
BETWEEN TELT AND PIEDMONT REGION
The Memorandum of Understanding between TELT and Piedmont Region specifies and regulates, in general terms, the activation of specific committees for in-depth analysis, related to the issues identified by D.G.R. no. 17-6445 of 2 February 2018 and CIPE Resolution 39/2018 on subjects concerning wildlife monitoring, forest improvement, propagation/containment of herbaceous and shrubby species.
The activities required by the prescriptions and recommendations of the abovementioned resolution are then carried on and shared by the Regional Technical Committees. The Piedmont Region has the task of coordinating the committees by involving all stakeholders within its remit. TELT actively participates to the committee activities by proposing studies and activities.
TELT AND ARPA
The agreement between TELT and Piedmont’s Regional Environmental Protection Agency specifies and regulates the way in which ARPA itself carries on its implementation checks and its technical activities in support of environmental guidance, as established by Resolutions 19/2105 and 39/2019.
The technical activities in support of environmental guidance mainly include the control, through field inspections and parallel sampling, of the correct execution of environmental monitoring activities, the drafting of operational proposals, and the participation to technical committees during the entire course of implementation of the project.
BETWEEN TELT AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TURIN:
DBIOS AND DISAFA DEPARTMENTS
The scientific cooperation agreement between TELT and the University of Turin led to the drafting of the Biodiversity Project, which calls for the assessment of the presence and distribution of certain animal and plant species and the development of targeted interventions (for example in the field of forest compensation) aimed at safeguarding them in view of the expansion of the site.
The research team is led by Prof. Simona Bonelli, professor of Zoology and Invertebrate Conservation at the Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology. (DBIOS) of the University of Turin. Prof. Bonelli is supported by Michele Lonati of the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences (DISAFA), by Sandro Bertolino (DBIOS), and by a team of researchers.
BETWEEN TELT AND CONSORZIO FORESTALE ALTA VAL DI SUSA
TELT has concluded an agreement with the Consorzio Forestale dell’Alta Valle di Susa for the drafting of the report on the forest compensation interventions carried out on the basis of the recommendations included in the scientific study carried out by the University of Turin team.
The report defines the forest compensation measures, the areas subject to these measures and their surface.
The Consorzio Forestale (Forestry Consortium) is responsible for these measures within the municipal properties of Salbertrand, Chiomonte and Giaglione and in areas near the Cantiere de la Maddalena. The role of the Consorzio Forestale dell’Alta Valle di Susa, as the body responsible for the forest management of the municipalities of the Upper Valle di Susa, will continue over time to maintain the interventions mentioned.
BETWEEN TELT AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TURIN:
The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) study was developed by experts from the Work Medicine Section of the Department of Public Health and Paediatric Sciences, led by Professor Enrico Pira, following the signing of an agreement in 2015.
For the purposes of the study, TELT, under the supervision of ARPA, carried out over 62,000 surveys.
40 control units set up within a radius of 15 km from the site and 26 inside the work area monitored a total of 135 parameters. The final reports show that the years of work on the Chiomonte geognostic tunnel have not altered the state of the environment and have not had any impact on public health.
BETWEEN TELT AND TURIN POLYTECHNIC:
DIATI AND DENERG DEPARTMENTS
The institutional cooperation between the public promoter and the Polytechnic of Turin has resulted in a study on the exploitation of geothermal resources resulting from the works for the Mont Cenis base tunnel.
The Department of Environmental, Territorial and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI) studies technologies aimed at safeguarding, protecting and managing the environment and the land, at the sustainable use of resources and at the optimised and eco-compatible development of infrastructures and transport systems.
The Energy Department (DENERG) is the University’s point of reference in cultural areas that address the issues of energy and sustainable development, with the aim of improving existing energy technologies, promoting new ones, and contributing to the rational and conscious use of energy resources.