Enel X launches the primary “Circular City Index” for Italian municipalities
An innovative tool which will measure the extent of urban circularity in Italian municipalities and identify areas of strength and where improvement is needed: the “Circular City Index”, developed by Enel X, together with the Department of Economics and Statistics at the University of Siena, based exclusively on Open Data. Four key areas are analyzed to work out the extent of urban circularity: digitalization, environment and energy, mobility, and waste. Scores are given for every of them, supported comparisons with national and European regulations or guidelines, which assess the extent to which policies and infrastructures that help the municipality to transition towards a circular economy are implemented.
The “Circular City Index” may be a unique tool in Italy and internationally, exclusively accessible to public administrations after registering on YoUrban, Enel X’s portal dedicated to municipalities. ranging from September 30th, the tool are going to be available freed from charge to all or any Italian municipalities, including small and medium-sized ones. Its flexibility enables it to balance and weight the territorial and demographic diversity of the individual urban perimeters being analyzed.
“The development of the Circular City Index is a component of a program launched by Enel X to form sustainability and therefore the circular economy available to everyone by using Open Data, a valuable yet fragmented resource, which may be processed and returned to the community using indicators obtained through unplanned models developed and validated by the foremost prestigious research centers. during this way, we are helping cities to become increasingly sustainable by providing analysis tools supported scientific methods,” said Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel X.
Most sustainability studies specialise in large urban areas, but only 23% of the Italian population lives in cities with quite 100,000 inhabitants, while the remainder sleep in small to medium-sized municipalities. The Circular City Index is in a position to reply to the requirements of public administrations and make them conscious of their level of circular maturity. The index shows that the municipality with the very best Circular City Index is Calderara di Reno, within the province of Bologna, with about 13,400 inhabitants. Some results: the index shows that the municipality with the very best Circular City Index is Calderara di Reno, within the province of Bologna, with approximately 13,400 inhabitants. the general analysis also shows how municipalities with populations over 100,000 inhabitants on the average record higher levels in terms of digitization, but lower values than small municipalities (those with but 10,000 inhabitants) with reference to waste management.
The Circular City Index may be a further step within the path started by Enel X for the event of digital solutions for cities. Last year Enel X, in partnership with HERE Technologies, launched “City Analytics – Map of Mobility”, with which it supported institutions with useful indicators for analyzing lockdown measures and for outlining policies for resuming activities. This solution is a component of City Analytics, a group of tools created by Enel X for Public Administrations to support urban planning. The service provides a mapping of the macro mobility flows on the Italian territory, supported the analysis of anonymous and aggregated data, coming from connected vehicles, maps and navigation systems, processed in correlation with location data coming from mobile applications and Open Data of the general public administration.
Enel X is that the Enel Group’s global line that gives services that accelerate innovation and guide the energy transition. World leader within the sector of advanced energy solutions, Enel X manages services like demand response for about 7.4 GW of total capacity globally and 137 MW of storage capacity installed worldwide, also as 232,000 charging points for electric vehicles made available worldwide1. Through its advanced solutions, including energy management, financial services and electric mobility, Enel X provides each partner with an intuitive and personalized ecosystem of technological platforms and consulting services, focused on the principles of sustainability and therefore the circular economy so as to supply people, communities, institutions and corporations with an alternate model that respects the environment and integrates technological innovation into lifestyle . Each solution has the facility to rework the goals of decarbonization, electrification and digitalization into sustainable actions for all, so as to create together a more sustainable and efficient world.