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Discussing Circular Cities at Enel’s official Pre-COP26 event

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On occasion of the Pre-COP26 (Milan, 30/09-02/10) Enel organized “Circular Cities: Impacts on decarbonization and beyond”, an event that was opened by Filippo Del Corno, Councilor for Culture for the Municipality of Milan, and Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction of the City of Glasgow, as representatives of the cities hosting the pre-COP 26 and COP 26 respectively. The main focus was the key challenges that cities are currently facing, especially how they can be redesigned according to decarbonization targets and circular economy principles.

The event saw also the presentation of the study carried out for COP26 by Enel and Enel Foundation, together with Arup, a professional consultancy firm, and the support of Bocconi UniversityUniversity of Genova and University de los Andes of Bogotà. The research, that has a specific focus on Milan, Genova, Glasgow and Bogotà, explores how cities can strongly contribute to achieve global decarbonization targets while improving city resilience and quality of life.

Enel Chairman Michele Crisostomo also attended the event, discussing how cities have had to innovate over the centuries and what needs to be done to face today’s most pressing challenges. “Cities are the places where civilization has evolved, offering brand new opportunities for the social and economic development of their citizens,” he commented. “Today’s projections confirm that urbanization will grow at global level, leading to increasingly vast, complex and difficult to manage agglomerations. For this reason, redesigning cities to make them more sustainable, liveable and resilient will be crucial for everyone's quality of life as well as for both global and local environmental sustainability. At Enel, we are committed to helping to make the circular city vision real both through a strong collaboration with institutions and stakeholders as well as through the implementation of new design approaches combining different advanced solutions such as renewable energy, electric mobility, open data tools to monitor and improve circularity KPIs for cities, closing the loop of materials.”

The event ended with two round tables, with contributions from Claudia López, Mayor of Bogotà; Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genova; Silvio Barbero, Vice President of Slow Food; Alan Belfield, CEO of ARUP; Maria Chiara Pastore, R&D Director at Stefano Boeri ArchitettiOriana Romano, Head of Water, Governance and Circular Economy Unit and Cities at OECD; José Luis Samaniego, Director of Sustainable Development at CEPAL and Caterina Sarfatti, Director Inclusive Climate Action C40.

If you missed the live stream or would like to watch it again on-demand, see here.

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