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Vatican: greenest state worldwide

Vatican: greenest state worldwideThe Vatican, the world's smallest state, has reportedly become the most ecological, according to l'Osservatore Romano, the official daily newspaper of Vatican City.

The Vatican City State has installed 2,400 solar panels on the Nervi Hall roof, measuring over 5,000 square metres. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 225 tonnes per year.

As well, the Vatican has established its own small record in production of solar power per inhabitant, with close to 200 W at peak times. The Vatican City State has a population of only 800 inhabitants on a surface area of 44 hectares (10,000 square metres per hectare).

Along with solar power, the Vatican wants to invest in wind and biomass energy in the coming years.

It has previously been involved in ecological matters, having invested in planting a forest in Hungary in 2007.

Beginning in 2008, the Vatican has been implementing an ecological development program, seeking to become the first European state to fulfill 20 per cent of its energy needs using renewable energy by 2020.

by Rolande Parrot

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