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Italian municipalities can find out, free of charge, how circular they are

Italian municipalities can find out, free of charge, how circular they are

A new platform will serve as a go-to portal for the trends in urban circularity in the country

Starting 30 September, Italian municipalities, regardless of their size, can register for and access the ‘Circular City Index’. This is a free-of-charge digital platform that lets them analyze their performance in terms of developing a circular economy in their territories.

The tool has been described as unique on the international stage

The "Circular City Index", developed by Enel X, an Italian energy management services company, in collaboration with the University of Siena's Department of Economics and Statistics, is based exclusively on Open Data.

Four key areas are analyzed to define the level of urban circularity: digitization, environment and energy, mobility and waste. For each of them, scores are assigned - defined on the basis of comparisons with national and European regulations or guidelines. These scores assess the degree of implementation of policies and infrastructures that enable the territory to initiate a transition towards a circular economy.

In other words, the "Circular City Index" is a unique device on the Italian and international scene, accessible only to public administrations after registering on the YoUrban portal, the Enel X portal dedicated to municipalities.

What’s great about the new platform, apart from the fact that it costs no money to use, is the fact that it allows access to all municipal administrations regardless of their size. Most of the studies related to sustainability have focused exclusively on large metropolises, but in Italy, only 23% of the population lives in cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. 

Case in point: the platform shows that the municipality with the highest Circular City Index is Calderara di Reno, in the province of Bologna, which has approximately 13,400 inhabitants. In addition, the overall analysis highlights how municipalities with populations over 100,000 inhabitants on average record higher levels in terms of digitization, but lower values ​​than small municipalities (with less than 10,000 inhabitants) as regards to waste management, for example.

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