The challenge of air quality in Italian cities

Green Economy proposals


2 October 2017

Despite efforts at a local level and some improvements, due to technology and new regulations, air quality in Italian continues to be critical.

More than 500,000 people die every year in Europe due to air pollution, and the figures in Italy are alarming: 90,000 premature deaths and 1,500 deaths per million inhabitants (1,116 just for PM2.5 particles).

These and other data are contained in the Report on air quality presented on Friday 29 September in Rome. The research, carried out by the Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile in collaboration with Enea and in partnership with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, in addition to providing a thorough analysis of the root causes of pollution air pollution in Italian cities, contains ten different proposals to promote the green economy and improve air quality in cities.

The report shows very clearly that one of the main culprits of atmospheric pollution is transport. It is precisely in this sector that FS Italiane is promoting a proposal based on integrated mobility and sustainable transport methods, with rail transport as its cornerstone.

Lorenzo Radice, FS Sustainability Manager, spoke during the presentation of the report, illustrating the company's commitment to building an effective and efficient proposal enabling citizens to move from any one place A to place B, rather than being limited to moving from station to station.