Province of Rimini 

Italian - Provincia di Rimini

The Province of Rimini covers 27 municipalities with 329.264 inhabitants, 137.354 resident families and 30.549 overseas immigrants present on the territory. The Province of Rimini covers a total territorial surface area of 864 km² and the density of inhabitants is 381 per km². The largest municipality is the provincial capital of Rimini. The institution Province of Rimini has been created in 1992 and is represented by his legal representative, the President Stefano Vitali which is supported by the Executive Council and the Council of the Province of Rimini directly voted, with its President. The Province of Rimini has 270 employees and it has several premises situated in Rimini.

The main task of the Province of Rimini, according to the national law, is to act as the heart of the complex territorial system, to plan the wide area and coordinate the territory. The Province of Rimini plays an institutional role coordinating local proposals coming from the local communities and the municipalities represented for the achievement of economic, environmental and territorial planning goals. The main sectors are: land use planning, environmental policies, mobility sector, and senior secondary school buildings management.

The Province of Rimini is actually involved in many projects/activities related to the energy field:

  • has defined the Energy Plan and the Local Climate Plan in order to promote and sustain the achievement of the 2020 EU Strategy goals;
  • participates as Coordinator in the Covenant of Mayors for the 27 Municipalities which are working on the adhesion to the Covenant of Mayors and on the definition and planning of the Action Plan for Sustainable Energy;
  • releases the licence for the deployment of RES plants;
  • is participating as Beneficiary in two EU projects related to energy sector: ADRIACOLD (IPA ADRIATIC) and 4POWER (INTERREG IV C). The first one is devoted to the promotion of solar cooling system in the Adriatic region through the deployment of solar cooling pilot plants. The second one addresses all the relevant issues at EU level for the development of the Off Shore Wind.

The Province of Rimini has reached an excellent experience in managing EU Projects that will be useful for a sound and efficient TERRE project implementation. Indeed, since 2000, the territory has managed about 30 European projects within the programmes: Life, e-TEN, Equal, Cultura 2000, Interreg, Central Europe, South East Europe, IVC, Longlife Learning-Leonardo and Youth In Action; it has drawn up partnership agreements with over 20 countries, has more than 90 overseas partners and at least 60 Italian ones and manages an overall budget of over 5 million euro. In 2010, with the Municipality of Rimini and the Chamber of Commerce, the Province founded the Associated Office for Community Policies designed to make their work even more effective. 

In the energy field, the Province of Rimini, since 2009 has gained skills and expertise through the implementation of different projects/activities (listed above) which have led the Energy Office to become a landmark for both the local community and the local authorities.

The Province of Rimini believes that the TERRE project is a good opportunity for better plan the local RES plants and to encourage local enterprises and communities towards a decarbonised society. The TERRE project could enable the Province of Rimini to strengthen the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the development of RES energy production on the basis of the mapping of the real estimated local potential, the capacity building on the bases of knowledge and the human resources available. The promotion of PPP and networking within the TERRE project might be useful for the solution of local mistrust of the RES plants (in particular PV and biomass plants).