Varese climbs the ranking of “sustainable cities” in Italy

Varese climbs the ranking of “sustainable cities” in Italy
Varese climbs the ranking of “sustainable cities” in Italy

Great leap forward of Varese in the annual report Urban Ecosystem 2021, which analyzes the environmental performance of the Italian capitals on 2020 data provided by the Municipalities, made by Legambiente in collaboration with Ambiente Italia and Il Sole 24 Ore.

The only Lombard city in the Italian top ten is Mantua, which is in second place, obtained by improving performance on air quality, reducing water network losses by 15% and improving separate waste collection. Varese however, it is among the Lombard cities that climb the Italian ranking most, climbing 22 positions, from 62nd place in 2020 to 44th in 2021. Good too Brescia, what a climb 7 positions and passes from 34th to 27th place e Pavia that takes 13 positions, from 53rd to 40th.

Pardoninstead, different positions Cremona, which falls from the 13th to the 25th, Lodi from 25th to 31st, Bergamo from 30th to 35th, Monza 85th to 93rd e What which goes from 37th to 41st place. Maintains position Sondrio 18th, and remain almost stable too Milano in 30th place e Lecco at 64th. Lecco and Monza, also in this edition, confirm themselves as the rear of the region, with the capital of Brianza in the black jersey of sustainability.



“The pandemic has hit our cities hard, redefining rules and customs – he underlines Barbara Meggetto, president of Legambiente Lombardia – One year later, thanks also to funds from the PNRR, the Lombard capitals can invest in the ecological transition to make their territory resilient to a changing climate, even too quickly. For this reason it is essential that resources are spent to plan mobility, water saving, proper waste management, urban forestry, energy upgrading of buildings and renewable sources, regenerating places and creating, for citizens, the opportunity to face a change of styles. of conscious and accessible life. There are several realities that in Lombardy already demonstrate that they are able to plan and spend their resources well with dynamism and foresight, but we can do even better to make our cities more liveable and adaptable to the needs of the environment and citizens, with less less polluting cars and vehicles, more intelligent and connected infrastructures ».

Among the best performances is Brescia for the availability of trees per capita with over 86 trees per 100 inhabitants; Cremona for cycle infrastructures, with 33.55 equivalent meters per 100 inhabitants of dedicated tracks. Among the metropolises, on the whole, Milan travels against the trend: the Lombard capital continues to be characterized by a dynamism that accompanies a profound change in a sustainable key started some time ago, with numbers that remain comforting despite the general slowdown trend.


The Urban Ecosystem report dedicates space to good examples of sustainability that are not always deduced by looking only at the numbers and statistics alone. Between 18 national identified also Lombard realities. TO Milano the three million new trees that will be planted by 2030 as part of the project “ForestaMI”And the first parking lot for bicycles, open at the Cordusio station, red line 1 of the underground. TO Varese the ecological connection project “Friendly area of ​​biodiversity”Which intends to minimize the negative role of urban habitats that fragment ecosystems, recreating wet areas with a high biodiversity value, through important works of environmental restoration and improvement and re-naturalization in the urban environment. TO Lecco the Municipality introduced “I’ll take you!“A free system for the use of city buses for young people under 19 residing in the city, in order to trigger a change in culture and habits in the approach to public transport in the new generations, not only during the paths linked to school attendance , but also at different times, when doing sports or going out with friends.

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