Three Climate Alliance members in Italy among the top ten environmental cities

Bolzano, Pesaro and Ferrara occupy the 3rd, 6th and 10th place in the ranking of the environmental performance of more than 100 major Italian cities, according to the Ecosistema Urbano 2019 study by Legambiente, Ambiente Italia and Il Sole 24 Ore. More than 30,000 data were collected and evaluated on the basis of 18 parameters.

The City of Bolzano (107,300 inhabitants) can underline with the third place the tradition that it has long considered as a protagonist of good and excellent achievements. It has a good public transport system and the installed renewable energy capacity of public buildings has increased from 3.5 kilowatts to 3.92 kilowatts per thousand inhabitants. Nitrogen dioxide levels decreased and there were significantly fewer ozone warning days. In addition, the South Tyrolean provincial capital has one of the best values for the indicator of space efficiency in relation to inhabitants: Last year, it achieved 8.5 points, this year already 9.35 out of a total of 10 achievable points.

The City of Pesaro (94,700 inhabitants) has made a great leap forward: from 17th place to 6th place. The city in the region of Marche confirmed its success as a bicycle city with ninth place, just as it did at Bicipolitana. It achieved ninth place in the infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. The three indices for air pollutants, which were already well below the limit values, improved again. Water consumption per capita fell and water losses also fell from 32.1 to 27.6 percent.

The City of Ferrara (131,800 inhabitants) reached the tenth place, a huge leap forward from 38th place last year. The ozone values were only exceeded on 28.5 days instead of 53.5 days; the values for nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter were below the limit values all year round. The provincial capital in the region of Emilia-Romagna has taken the lead with 86 percent in the separate collection of waste, thus increasing the value of the previous year by 36 percent.

The three Climate Alliance cities in Italy are excellent examples of the guiding principles of our work: to combine the protection of the global climate with a sustainable future for our living space.

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