A survey led by Legambiente in 2020 nominated Cagliari as the Sardinian city most concerned in environmental issues.
The data of Ecosistema Urbano del Sole 24 Ore, a survey conducted by Legambiente in 2020 in collaboration with Ambiente Italia, rewarded Cagliari for the work done in recent years on the management of air, water, waste, mobility and the environment.
The Sardinian capital is ranked in the top 20 of the Italian provincial main cities, in 16th place out of 105, gaining 16 positions compared to 2019. Not surprisingly, last year the island city was nominated for the European Green Capital 2023 but was not among the four finalists.
Mayor Paolo Truzzu commented on the results of the survey during the press conference at the T Hotel: “Satisfied, but we are not there yet. A good base on which to continue improving the city to make it more and more livable for the fellow citizens and for those who come to visit it”.
The meeting with the press was organized by Legambiente and the introduction was by the president of Legambiente Cagliari Ahmed Naciri. Among the most appreciated and awarded projects promoted by the Cagliari administration is the recovery of wastewater from the purifiers, which were previously draining into the sea and are now used to water the public gardens.
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The City Council does not limit itself, as the first citizen of the Sardinian capital reiterates: “We are continuing to improve. And with the new resources (10 million euros) of the PNRR for the green areas, many public gardens in the city will be improved with new trees, the spaces available to young people with interventions in the schools to make the courtyards available 365 days a year“.
Truzzu also comments on the excellent data relating to local transport, so Cagliari is in second place after Trieste: “The goal we have is to achieve a total transformation of the full electric fleet in 2030. And with the progressive transition to electric or hybrid traction, even of private transport, air quality will increase. From this point of view, 140 new columns for electric charging will be installed by the company Enel X“. During the conference were also presented two of the five new full hybrid CTM buses, just arrived in Cagliari. The president of the CTM, Carlo Andrea Arba commented: “We are expecting 7 more 100% electric 6 meters buses, like those already circulating on line 10″.
Public Green Councillor Giorgio Angius also spoke on the development of green areas: “The Municipality of Cagliari does not stop at the maintenance of its 11 public parks and its many green areas at this moment, but is carrying on a constant action of planting about 2/3 thousand trees per year“. A significant fact is that since 1998, the square meters of green in Cagliari have gone from 800 thousand to 2 million and 100 thousand.
Mayor Truzzu also focused on the problem of climate change: “We need to change strategy, move from a structural management and give substance to policies to fight climate change“. And in this context, the project of the new water network, which will allow irrigating the public gardens with purified water from the plant of Is Arenas, which has been “financed with 5 million and 400 thousand euros (4 million for construction, the rest to adapt the systems managed from the society Abbanoa Spa, NDR) by Cipe and will extend for approximately 19 kilometres and will help keep the parks in health also in the spiccatos periods”, as explained by Councillor Alessio Mereu.
As for waste, the Councillor for Environment and Technological Innovation, Alessandro Guarracino, commented: “In the last two and a half years, the separate collection has gone from a percentage of 30% to 63% in 2019 and 69% in 2020. Proceeding with this improvement, Cagliari is now between 73% and 74%, thanks to the introduction of the punctual pricing system. Cagliari is the first regional capital that has adopted it, within the year it will no longer suffer from the penalties that aggravate the municipal accounts and will additionally reduce the TARI“.
Also important is the commitment to renewable energy and its infrastructure: “We are winners of a project that will allow us to develop 40 schools in the city and just as many photovoltaic systems. In this context, also the Medaglia Miracolosa square, in the district Is Mirrionis, will benefit from the first pilot project for the reduction of harmful gases in the atmosphere“.
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