Milan’s resilience journey

Known for fashion, design, and culture, Milan is also Italy’s financial, commercial, and industrial center.

The global financial crisis weakened Milan’s economy, increasing the need for housing support and straining available resources. 12 years later, Milan’s region of Lombardy was the first hit in Europe by the COVID-19 pandemic, deepening the existing stresses.

Milan is also vulnerable to other shocks and stresses, including extreme heatwaves, flooding, poverty, cyber-attacks, and an aging population.

After the EXPO in 2015, and looking ahead to the 2026 Winter Olympics, the city is largely thriving, but Milan has been working to ensure that economic growth is paired with social, environmental, and economic resilience.

Milan is clearly and deeply committed to creating a better, more resilient future for its citizens. Its resilience intiatives include its climate emergency declaration, participation in R-Cities and other networks such as C40, EUROCITIES, and the Covenant of Mayors, the introduction of resilience into city planning processes, and the joint drafting of a new Climate and Air Plan and a Resilience Strategy.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Piero Pelizzaro

Chief Resilience Officer

Piero has over 10 years’ experience in climate change policy and urban resilience planning.
In addition to his role as Milan’s CRO, he is the City Lead for the H2020 Lighthouse project Sharing Cities. He is an advisor to the Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea on Urban Adaptation Policy to Climate Change.

In recent years, Piero co-founded Climalia, a specialized consultancy providing climate services in Italy, where he operates as Resilience Specialist. He was an Acclimatise Associate. He is also a member of the European Commission Mayors Adapt Practitioners Work Group and of the FiRe 2016 Implementation Working Group at Climate Policy Initiative. He is part of the Advisory Board of the EU FP7 Ramses Project, which aims to structure a cost-benefit analysis methodology for Urban Adaptation Plans.

Piero has extensive expertise in projects financed by the European Commission. He specialized in Urban Resilience, Environmental Economic Accounting, Energy Scenario and Climate Change Impact Models during his working experience at the Stockholm Environment Institute, Tallinn Office. He has collaborated with EU MP Umberto Guidoni.
He writes for various specialized magazines and online platforms on climate change issues.

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