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The most ecological cities in Italy, decreed each year by Legambiente, differ from the others for various parameters. Among these the focus is definitely on waste sorting and recycling, on minimizing particles and CO2 pollution, but also on renewable energy sources, the use of environmentally sustainable building materials and the use of hybrid transport vehicles capable of respecting the environment. The most ecological cities are characterized, moreover, by good maintenance of green areas, all to make the city more livable and the air more breathable: it is no coincidence that among them there are no large metropolis and, indeed, cities like Naples, Rome, Milan and Palermo are at the last places in the ranking.
The most ecological cities in Italy
Ecology and respect for the environment are becoming increasingly important not only for the institutions, but also for ordinary people. Although a few years ago, the introduction of the first sorting and collection of household waste in large cities made many Italians turn up their noses, today it seems almost impossible to live without taking these small (but very important) precautions to improve the quality of life and the air you breathe every day. It is also true, however, that ecology is not just separate waste collection and street cleaning: ecology is also renewable energy, eco-sustainable construction and much more. But which are the most ecological cities in Italy according to Legambiente? Let’s find out together.
The most ecological cities in northern Italy
The most ecological cities in Northern Italy are certainly Mantua, Trento and Verbania, on Lake Maggiore. Mantua is recognized for its excellent water / sewage system, due to the presence of an absolutely enviable amount of greenery and, above all, due to the widespread presence of cycling paths, aimed at making people aware of the damage caused by CO2 emissions and of the benefits of more “green” ways of moving. Trento earns a good place in the Legambiente ranking of the most ecological cities in Italy thanks to 80% of people participation of waste recycling (a figure almost unique in Italy) and the use of about 50% of energy from renewable sources.
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Verbania, on the other hand, is very attentive not only to recycling waste, but also and above all to fine partcles and general pollution. It also boasts an impressive network of footpaths, allowing citizens to move easily without having to take public transport or the car. The picture is completed by the town use of water as an intelligent and profitable renewable energy source.
The most ecological cities of central and southern Italy
Among the places in central Italy Macerata stands out for its importance. The town is placed very well in the ranking of the most environmentally friendly cities in Italy being among the very first in the country, thanks not only to massive participation in household waste collection and recycling, but also in reducing the dispersion of water and, above all, in the use of renewable energy. It is enough to say that, in this small town of the Marche as much as 98% of the energy used in homes and public places come from renewable energy sources, Quite an achievement, and probably a world record!
Going further south we discover something new: it is Cosenza, the university city of Calabria that has distinguished itself for a good recycling culture, which has improved significantly in recent years and has been able to involve the active participation of a number of ever-increasing citizens.
Ecological Italy: here are the most ecological cities of the Islands
The big major islands are not doing so well: according to Legambiente there is still a lot of work to be done. Of all the most ecological cities in Italy, however, the small but enchanting Oristano, in Sardinia, stands out for its importance. Oristano, in the North of the island, is one of the most attentive cities in terms of waste sorting and collection and, above all, is showing increasing attention to photovoltaic energy, in rapid and exponential growth thanks to public awareness initiatives carried out by the institutions.