Venice: Chiellino, ‘wants to be and become the world’s sustainability capital’

“Venice is a unique city in the world that wants to be and become the capital of global sustainability, it wants to be an example and a warning in its choices of economic and social development and in the care of the environment and its territory. And in this city we started the ” 1 Eambiente headquarters, because Venice represents many worlds, from heavy industry, to commerce, to services, to tourism, to catering, from culture to art to the university; and with the port, the airport, the tram, the cycle paths is a crossroads of innovation towards biomethane, hydrogen, LNG, etc. “. This was stated by the vice president of the Ves Forum and president of eAmbiente, Gabriella Chiellino who spoke at the conference ‘Citizens at the center of the Environment’ in Venice.

Yet, Chiellino points out, “Cerved’s 2022 report on ‘sustainable Italy’ places it in 26th place among Italian provinces and metropolitan cities. Perhaps it is so unique that a standardized dress cannot wear it, but a constructive comparison can help improve performances on which all territories measure themselves. And perhaps being placed among the big cities in search of balance is precisely her dress today, on which to think of a unique and sustainable competitive future. but what are the 3 weakest legs of sustainability? from the evaluation of the indicators it emerges that the economic and environmental argument are the weakest, while the social one, excluding safety, is the strongest “.

The economic indicators on which cities are measured, observes the vice president of Forum Ves, “are: the productive fabric, the attractiveness of the territory in terms of investments, digital transformation, and investments in innovation, then the solidity of businesses compared to the Cerved score (among the most quoted in Italy), the infrastructure network and the issue of employment and the labor market. And here the numbers are objective and place Venice in 21st place in the national ranking, surpassed by almost all the northern provinces east including Trieste. But why is it among the provinces (metropolitan cities) in sharp decline? Venice is an urban reality linked to commercial traffic, international tourist flows and the tertiary sector, all areas strongly affected by covid. This makes Venice less attractive economically and for investments. However, it enjoys an important infrastructural fabric, which could allow it to get up and start an eco-friendly recovery. nomica with new objectives suited to a delicate and unique territory in the world “, underlines Chiellino.

Among the potential developments, notes the vice president of the Ves Forum, “digitization, being in 30th place among the cities, and with the great availability of the PNRR on the subject and not only could become a digital European hub, a silicon valley of new jobs In this way also the employment position, which is now very critical at the local and national level, goes up again, it is shameful that our country has an employment rate of 57% and unemployed young people at 27% with very high rates of school dropout. struggles to find Green and Energy skills “. Venice, Chiellino underlines, “can become Economic Capital, it has the attributes but it is necessary to define the development areas clearly in line with the investments envisaged by the NRP and the Decarbonization objectives to 2050. A clear economy of investment on processes and products that improve energy and environmental performance is already written, we must start from all civil, institutional and entrepreneurial levels.

On the subject of social sustainability, Chiellino notes, “Venice is in 8th place. Its health system has reacted to the pandemic, and social assistance to less well-off families continues in its process with attention to preparing for the next wave of poverty. linked to an average stagnant income in Italy that will make even Venetian families more fragile. So the commitment is precisely human capital and training, here Venice is in 22nd place and has not yet exploded positively on the potential of international smart working, nor in green Jobs. In my role as an entrepreneur, the skills in environmental and energy matters do not land in Venice, as if there was no general appeal of the territory and Milan, Berlin, Northern Europe and other European capitals win. An accurate reasoning requires Security and Justice in the city, being over the 50th place in Italy for crime does not do honor to Venetian citizens “.

For this reason, he adds, “American control rooms are not enough, but to intervene on the social fabric, accompanying the neighborhoods and municipalities to be vigilant in the human growth of the city. A commitment in schools on the issues of caring for others, starting from the Environment and to the Brothers, is in line with the Pope’s worldwide warning on Laudato Si and Fratelli Tutti. Devaluing our young people, and not focusing on their inner growth by strengthening their dreams and hopes becomes a boulder for the present and the future ” .

But Venice, City of Water, an example of world-wide innovative technology (Mose), underlines, “is in 78th place on environmental sustainability. Here the challenge raises the bar, but the parameters of comparison with other cities are objective and few We can make comments. Pollution and energy are the weakest areas. The days of exceeding PM10 in the city are high, and the trend is growing over the years. So the improvement actions on heating systems, mobility, and industries are in demand “. On the energy issue, he adds, “the city has not started the process of energy conversion, reducing consumption and focusing on renewable sources. The evaluation indicators are not reflected in Venice on the presence of photovoltaic systems, on the density of columns for electric cars for inhabitant, etc. We are in almost the last position “.

Venice, explains the vice-president of the Ves Forum, “does it want to become a hub of Hydrogen? Or LNG? Must today do it forcefully to give a clear signal to this energy transition, before trade and services and tourism no longer have the possibility to cover energy costs. Less pollution and more alternative sources. We cannot respond only with the reopening of the coal-fired power plant, but we must attract investments to make renewable plants “.

Forum Ves, she concludes, “of which I am the Vice President, was born from the desire for an impartial and independent confrontation in the city between citizens, professionals and scientists to propose projects and solutions with low or zero pollution rate. Here is the Green & Blue project, which wants repopulate the Industrial Area of ​​Marghera, more than 2000 has industrialists with open spaces and industrial warehouses. The Dream: 100,000 trees with tons of CO2 absorbed; cover 100 ha of photovoltaics, to produce 130,000 MWh / a. Concrete actions to become the Most Sustainable City in the World “.