The goal of the EIT Climate-KIC Deep Demonstrator Milano (DDMi) project was to contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint of the city of Milan and to the achievement of the “Carbon Neutral City” target by 2050, operating in support of the Air and Climate Plan (PAC) of the Municipality of Milan. The PAC, whose guidelines and start of the procedure were approved in October 2019, was adopted in December 2020 and final approved in February 2022.
The DDMi project envisaged in particular, in addition to the providing of some innovative experiments among the actions of the PAC itself (for example on the subject of buildings refurbishment, urban reforestation, …), an engagement process of the local community in the PAC development and implementation, aimed at raising awareness and co-responsibility in the whole citizenship in order to achieve the PAC’s objectives.
The 2020 activities included: a preliminary questionnaire; an on-line initiative to launch the participative process; working tables dedicated to specific categories of SHs articulated according to the key Thematic Areas of the PAC (Healthy and inclusive Milan – Connected and highly accessible Milan – Milan with positive energy – Fresher Milan); facilitated assemblies dedicated to the territories of the nine Municipalities; the formal collection of individual observations to the Plan through the Municipality’s web platform dedicated to participation and online consultation; a documentary restitution of the results of the participatory process.
In 2021, the activities continued in particular with reference to the Thematic Area “Milan aware” with the development of an Operational Feasibility Plan for the development and implementation of the “Permanent Body for the Representation of Citizens for the Climate” (PAC’s Action 5.1.4), which examines the aspects of: nature and mandate, composition and method of selection, engagement and training of participants, operating methods and work schedules, forms of recognition of the participants’ commitment and possible methods of financing. The work was supplemented and enriched by a series of exchange meetings with other European cities and representatives of independent Organizations and international Institutions that are experimenting with similar models of “democracy of the draw” for the participation of citizens in public and climate policies.
Poliedra, together with the Municipality and AMAT- the municipal Agency for Mobility and Environment, coordinated and managed the process of involving stakeholders and citizens. The partnership of the project also involved the Politecnico di Milano – Energy Department, Dark Matter Labs and Bankers Without Boundaries.