Urban environment

Urban environment

In cities the effects of the urban environment are now clear and have different impacts: environmental, social and economic. Amongst other challenges to face in order to improve the environment it is important to find a balance between population density and compactness on one side, and quality of life in a healthy urban environment on the other one. The most important problems are: poor air quality, noise pollution, green house gases (GHGs), reduced water resources and waste management. Italy, in line with the 2020 European Strategy, recognises an important cross cutting role of urban environmental policies towards the sustainable development of cities.

  PROJECT DESCRIPTION In 2010, during the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Ministers and Representatives of the Member States of the European Region of the World Health Organization (WHO),  responsible for health and  environment, took a commitment, signing the Parma Declaration ("Protecting the health of children in a changing environment"), to reduce the percentage of diseases of environmental origin. Air pollution is recognized as the main risk...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION The ELBA project represents a first experiment of sustainable transport of passengers and goods implemented on a small island. The initiative has addressed all the possible mobility-related problems of this tourism-oriented island with particular attention to the environmental and landscape protection of a territory that is, by its nature, delicate and exposed to risks. The main objectives of ELBA were the study, implementation, demonstration and evaluation of...
  PROJECT DESCRIPTION Industrial areas are located in extra-urban contexts where it is generally more difficult to create transport infrastructures adequate to the workers' demand of services, consequently it has an environmental impact on the territory in terms of poor air quality and increase of CO2 emissions. The I.MO.S.M.I.D. project has responded to these problems by creating an innovative model for sustainable local mobility governance, focusing in particular on commuting...