Smart City Index 2020: Trento is the most sustainable city in Italy

This year the Smart City Index, an annual analysis by Ernst & Young (EY) that ranks Italian cities according to their infrastructure development, expanded the concept of the “intelligence” of a city to sustainability. Trento was named the most sustainable city in Italy.

In the first editions of the report, the key word used to read the indicators was “intelligence”, intended as the ability to innovate. Today, the index expands to the concept of urban sustainability. Thus, the Smart City Index 2020 considers how smart the city’s infrastructure is in the different components of transport, energy and the environment (water, green and waste). Trento, considered the city with the most sustainable infrastructure in Italy, is at the top of this year’s ranking, followed by Turin and Bologna. Mantua, fourth in the ranking, is the most sustainable city among those with a population of less than 80,000 inhabitants. Bolzano, Brescia, Bergamo, Pordenone and Ferrara also made the top 10. Modena, Parma, Udine, Reggio Emilia, Padua, Treviso and Monza are in the top 20. Florence is 20th, while Rome is 78th after Naples (62). L’Aquila (107), Catania (108) and Crotone (109) close the rankings.

For several years, Italian cities have been evolving sustainably, developing several initiatives to be environmentally friendly, promoting sustainable mobility and reducing phenomena such as air pollution and climate change. EY’s Smart City Index shows that some indicators have grown exponentially in recent years, especially in the metropolitan cities of Milan, Turin, Bologna or the middle cities of the North. However, there is still a large gap with the cities of the South, with the exception of Lecce and Bari, which are in the top 50 in the ranking dedicated to the theme of sustainability.


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