7,500 Milanese participated in the Municipality’s Environment and Climate Questionnaire

More than 7,500 Milanese responded to the Questionnaire on the environment and climate change published on the website of the Municipality of Milan in mid-July. Five weeks of consultation, until the beginning of September, on the topics of housing, food, travel and mobility, consumption, and waste management. The first result, the most evident is that 9 out of 10 citizens say they are worried about climate change. On the other hand, one in five is very worried. An awareness formed on what they have experienced in recent years and which, even today, pushes the Milanese to implement good practices by:

  •  carrying out waste separating (99%)
  • using public transport (60%) and bicycles (15.2 %, of which 2.3% in sharing)
  • reducing food waste (83.5%).

However, residents not only answered the questions but also had proposals and requests addressing the housing, food, travel and mobility, consumption, and waste management :

  • incentivize the collection of returnable vacuum for glass and plastic;
  • stimulate and encourage the renewal of the building stock;
  • promote the circular economy and reuse to reduce waste;
  • extend cycle paths to allow for sustainable mobility.

The Councilor for Participation, Active Citizenship, and Open Data, Lorenzo Lipparini presented the analysis, stating: “The Milanese have the environment at heart and are willing to do their part to have a city more attentive to climate change, capable of implementing virtuous behaviors and a sustainable and supportive lifestyle. The Milanese have participated in large numbers in this new public consultation. An in-depth questionnaire was effective in revealing knowledge and attention to environmental issues. The result was very satisfactory in terms of the number of contacts, approximately 10,000, with over 7,500 questionnaires completed in each part.“

Next steps

The municipal council approved Resolution no. 1653 with the guidelines for launching the process of drafting the Air and Climate Plan, an instrument aimed at reducing atmospheric pollution, protecting the health and the environment, and responding to the climate emergency.

The Plan aims to achieve three objectives:

  • retain within the limit values of the concentrations of atmospheric pollutants PM10 and NOx (fine dust and nitrogen oxides) set by Directive 2008/50 / EC (implemented by Legislative Decree 155/2010 and subsequent amendments) to protect public health;
  • reduce CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030 and become a carbon-neutral city by 2050;
  • help to contain the local increase in urban temperature by 2°C.