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How to Make Buenos Aires, Argentina a Cleaner City

How to Make Buenos Aires, Argentina a Cleaner City

The recent administration of Buenos Aires has been rather successful in confronting many problems of the city that were neglected for many years. Now, the city has a new focus on sustainability and environmental awareness. New attention is being given to everything “green.” It has been a huge change considering how far behind Buenos Aires stands

The recent administration of Buenos Aires has been rather successful in confronting many problems of the city that were neglected for many years. Now, the city has a new focus on sustainability and environmental awareness.

New attention is being given to everything "green."

Ciudad Limpia - New Recycling scheme

It has been a huge change considering how far behind Buenos Aires stands in term of green policies in comparison to other Latin American cities, like the examples of Colombian Cities, or even former environmental disasters like Santiago de Chile and Mexico City.

For example, due to the large population (about 3 million people in the city, 12 million in the metropolitan area), one of the main problems in the city of Buenos Aires is the incredible amount of waste generated. As I mentioned in a previous post, this situation is finally being reversed and serious policies towards recycling and waste classification are in place. In their first year, they have already changed the face of the city, confronted by heavy environmental issues in the past.

Industrial Pollution in the 'Riachuelo' River, Buenos Aires, Argentina

However, integrated waste management can’t be considered the only way to become a really clean city. Indeed, waste management programs cannot really succeed if they fail to address the issue of industrial production and the pollution it generates.

That’s why a final comprehensive program called The Buenos Aires Clean Production Program proposes, from an environmental point of view, a new character for institutional management. All stakeholders see the need for commitment and joint participation of public and private actors involved in industrial production.

Slogan for the new program of Buenos Aires

This scheme arises as a strategic objective to promote the adoption of technologies, processes, products and services to efficiently harmonize economic and social development and environmental protection in Buenos Aires.

In this sense, the program is an embodiment of the concept of sustainable industrial production as the central pillar of a strategy against pollution. It is also an instrumental component of environmental policy that brings the economy in line with the environment and social issues, a novel idea in the field of public policy in urban Buenos Aires.

The question is: will the continued implementation of cleaner production actually be the cure-all solution that Buenos Aires urgently needs or will it come short if the proposed cooperation between industries and the city fails?

How does your city confront the main producers of industrial pollution? Is it considered in environmental initiatives?

Credits: Images by Luis Lozano-Paredes. Data linked to sources.

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Luis Lozano-Paredes is currently a student seeking a Diploma of Architecture and Urban Planning at Belgrano University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born in Colombia in 1987, he grew between the cities of Bogotá and Santiago de Cali, and then move...

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