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What is green urbanism and why is it important?

It is a design method that makes cities environmentally friendly, healthy and sustainable places to live and work

Published on October 15th , 2021

What is green urbanism?

Urban design is the design of public spaces, buildings and infrastructure. Green urbanism is sustainable urban design that creates eco-friendly cities that cut waste and emissions, use sustainable construction materials, and promote electrified mobility. Green urbanism makes every effort to minimize the use of energy, water and materials at each stage of the city’s life cycle.

Eco-friendly cities: the principles of green urbanism

Green urbanism rests on three pillars that interact with each other: energy and materials, water and biodiversity, and urban planning and transportation.  Some of the key elements of environmentally friendly city design are electrified public transportation, energy efficient buildings, and renewable energy solutions. For example, Enel X offers a number of solutions to make cities smart and sustainable. These include smart public lighting and electrified public transportation for a net zero future.
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To achieve sustainable and eco-friendly cities, policymakers and urban designers must engage in environmentally friendly city planning based on the principles of the circular economy. For example in 2009, Copenhagen was pronounced the most sustainable city in the world. It is a very bicycle-friendly city, with about 47% of its inhabitants riding bikes every day. It has the highest number of electric cars per capita on a global level, and its use of wind energy is among the highest in the world. Enel X can help cities go circular and green thanks to its commitment to innovation and sustainability and to its broad range of smart solutions, which include electric mobility, energy storage, renewables, smart grids, public lighting, and building management.