Inspirational changes for a better Europe
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It is an honour to become mayor of Rome, the most beautiful city in the whole world. Now that we have won, lets go work on administrating the city, govern and change it for better!
Mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri
NEW MAYOR OF ROME IS ROBERTO GUALTIERI
Roberto Gualtieri, the candidate for the centre-left Partito Democratico (PD), became the new mayor of Rome after winning the run-off mayoral elections.
Gualtieri won just over 60 per cent of the vote in a race against his centre-right rival Enrico Michetti to succeed Virginia Raggi.
Mayor Gualtieri stated via social media: “Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful result. It is an honour to become mayor of Rome, the most beautiful city in the whole world. Now that we have won, lets go work on administrating the city, govern and change it for better!”
Ex-mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi congratulated Gualtieri and said: “It was an honour to be at the helm of this wonderful city since 2016”.
Roberto Gualtieri is an Italian historian, academic and politician who served as Minister of Economy and Finances in the government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte from 2019 until 2021. He was previously a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2019, where he chaired the influential Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee within the Parliament from 2014 until 2019.
Photo credit: Roberto Gualtieri/Twitter
City of the month
Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. As a result of its commitment to high environmental standards, Copenhagen has been praised for its green economy, ranked as the top green city for the second time in the 2014 Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).
In 2001, a large offshore wind farm was built just off the coast of Copenhagen at Middelgrunden. It produces about 4% of the city’s energy. Years of substantial investment in sewage treatment have improved water quality in the harbour to an extent that the inner harbour can be used for swimming with facilities at a number of locations. Copenhagen aims to be carbon-neutral by 2025. Commercial and residential buildings are to reduce electricity consumption by 20 percent and 10 percent respectively, and total heat consumption is to fall by 20 percent by 2025. Renewable energy features such as solar panels are becoming increasingly common in the newest buildings in Copenhagen. District heating will be carbon-neutral by 2025, by waste incineration and biomass. New buildings must now be constructed according to Low Energy Class ratings and in 2020 near net-zero energy buildings. By 2025, 75% of trips should be made on foot, by bike, or by using public transit. The city plans that 20–30% of cars will run on electricity or biofuel by 2025. The investment is estimated at $472 million public funds and $4.78 billion private funds.
The city’s urban planning authorities continue to take full account of these priorities. Special attention is given both to climate issues and efforts to ensure maximum application of low-energy standards. Priorities include sustainable drainage systems, recycling rainwater, green roofs and efficient waste management solutions. In city planning, streets and squares are to be designed to encourage cycling and walking rather than driving. Furthermore, the city administration is working with smart city initiatives to improve how data and technology can be used to implement new solutions that support the transition toward a carbon-neutral economy. These solutions support operations covered by the city administration to improve e.g. public health, district heating, urban mobility and waste management systems. Smart city operations in Copenhagen are maintained by Copenhagen Solutions Lab, the city’s official smart-city development unit under the Technical and Environmental Administration.