An example of actions made by Italian team : writing articles to interpellate public policies about pollution
When you walk down the streets of Naples , thanks to its beautiful sunny
days, its blue skies, its sea and the large turnout of people walking down
the streets of the city’s center , you can’t imagine that Naples is the
fourth city in Italy for fine dust pollution.
According to the report made in the initial months of 2019 by
MobilArea2019 Naples is preceded only by Turin, Milan and Venice in
this ranking of cities with very high air pollution.
Following the European directive of April 2008 the overrun days of
PM10 (one of the numerous fractions in which the particulate is
classified) in the air , they should not be more than thirty five, and this
report informs us that the city of Naples would exceed this limit of 15
We can always see it with optimism, given that according to an article in
the “Corriere della Sera” two years ago Naples was the third most
polluted city, not in Italy, but in Europe.
Despite all this, the municipality of Naples is committed to reducing
CO2 emissions, how?
Since 2009, the municipality of Naples has been part of the PEAS
project (Action Plan for sustainable energy), a European project that
aims to achieve the 10134 municipalities, signatories of the pact, a CO2
reduction of at least 25% by the end of 2020 .
In 2017, with the data collected thanks to the collaboration of offices,
companies and entities (Trenitalia, EAV, CTP, ANM …) compared to
2009, there was a reduction of 12.15% of CO2 emissions in the
metropolitan city of Naples equal to at 354,091.20 T / year
In March 2019 the municipality of Naples approved the “Common Good
Oxygen” resolution containing measures to support air quality in the
A real strategic plan to protect the environment: Actions to combat and
mitigate environmental pollution: general plan for recharging vehicles
powered by electricity, extension of facilities for electric and hybrid
powered vehicles, renewal of the park vehicular urban public transport,
extension of the ZTL and pedestrian areas, involvement of citizens in the
process of training and maintenance of the green of the city, in addition
to its regulation and protection, energy efficiency measures on buildings
owned by the Municipality of Naples, restoration of functionality of all
the parks and 10,000 new trees in the city by 2020. Actions in addition
to the measures within the Port against polluting emissions and those for
the relocation of oil deposits from East Naples.
“Naples – declared the Councilors Calabrese (Infrastructure and
Transport), Clemente (Youth and Heritage), Borriello (Urban green and
Sport), Del Giudice (Environment) and Piscopo (Urban planning and
common goods) – with this act, aims to respond effectively to the climate
change that today, more than in any other historical epoch, assumes
worrying characteristics for the life of the planet. “
So can we say with certainty that the city of Naples is succeeding in its
intention to reduce its CO2 emissions in 2020?
No, we cannot. But we can say that the current and the previous city
council are doing everything in their way to succeed. Naples is not an
easy city to govern, with many basic problems and little money in the
municipal fund to be able to do innovative things for the environment.
Before improving Naples it is necessary to improve the citizens of this
city, that for the vast majority of them, the knowledge about the
environment and the pollution stopped thirty years ago.
They need information courses and environmental education, to inform
them and start from the citizens the revolution that the city needs, and
only in this way the fate of a city always sunny and laughing will be able
to recover for a better sunrise breathing a better air.
Rebecca Di Carmine