Focus

VeniSIA's activity areas of focus

VeniSIA will focus on a series of SDGs and develop a range of ideas and solutions that will be tested in Venice, prove to achieve positive results and finally lead to a start-up.

The 5 sdgs on which VeniSIA operates.

SDGs’ affecting Venice
Venice problems related to the SDGs
SDGs’ affecting Venice

Affordable and clean energy

7.2 Increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Due to its unique characteristics, Venice can’t have easy access to renewable energies for buildings, mobility production and commercial activities

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Affordable and clean energy

7.3 Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

Venice problems related to the SDGs

The historical buildings need to be remodeled to reach new energy standards and guarantee higher standards of living

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Sustainable cities and communities

11.2 Affordable and sustainable transport systems

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Mobility in Venice is mostly based on combustion engines “vaporettos” and boats, often overcrowded.
The goods logistics is also totally dependent on combustion engines. Cargo and cruise ships are one of the biggest source of pollution in the city

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Sustainable cities and communities

11.4 Protection of cultural and natural heritage

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Venetian buildings, infrastructures and coastal areas (Lido, Pellestrina, etc.) are largely affected by tidal phenomena, erosion and degradation due to marine air

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Sustainable cities and communities

11.5 Reduction of the effects of natural disasters

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Severe atmosphere events and marine floods have a huge impact on coastal areas and city buildings, causing increasing damages to natural environment and Venetian architectures

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Sustainable cities and communities

11.6 Reduction of the environmental impact of cities

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Once overtourism will restart, the city will be threatened again by the presence of millions of tourists every year. This has a large impact in terms of pollution of water, air and land

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Responsible consumption and production

12.2 Achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Venice economy is largely depending on a huge amount of natural resources (food, fuel, materials for goods production, buildings remodelling)

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Responsible consumption and production

12.3 Reduction of food waste

Venice problems related to the SDGs

One of the main attractions of Venice is its cuisine. Hundreds of restaurants and hotels serve thousands of meals every day to millions of people, with a consequent massive waste of food

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Responsible consumption and production

12.4 Achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Marghera is a national chemistry cluster with real and potential huge impacts on Venice environment. Such a concentration of people in a small city requires a large use of chemicals for cleanings and washing services. Intensive agriculture to serve food in Venice is another source of chemical pollution affecting its lagoon

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Responsible consumption and production

12.5 Reduction of waste generation

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Venice waste collection system is one of the most complex due to:

  1. the difficulty to use vehicles;
  2. the impossibility of installing machineries;
  3. the huge amount of visitors in the city.
SDGs’ affecting Venice

Climate action

13.1 Strengthening of resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Venice is subjected to sea level rise due to climate change and subsidence. Moreover, heatwaves and increasing temperature can afflict a city with not much space left to increase green coverage

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Life below water

14.2 Protection of marine and coastal ecosystems

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Sea level rising, severe atmosphere events and marine floods have a huge impact on coastal areas and city buildings, causing increasing damages to natural environment

SDGs’ affecting Venice

Life below water

14.4 Sustainable fishing

Venice problems related to the SDGs

Fish stocks in the Adriatic Sea are under increasing pressure due to intensive fishing, also by non-EU countries