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As a result of its commitment to the environment, in recent years Malaga City Council has implemented almost a hundred noteworthy actions in the field of environmental sustainability.

Medio ambiente

These actions are the result of the efforts made over the last 20 years by the Council to position Malaga as a leading city in sustainability.

All the actions undertaken by the Environmental Sustainability Department have impacted on the municipality and its inhabitants, improving the well-being and quality of life of its citizens, adapting the city to climate change and mitigating its effects, promoting efficiency in the use of resources and improvements in waste management, and making use of new technologies in urban environments (Smart City) and in environmental protection and ecosystem management.
These actions included the following:


Installation of a Smart Metering network in the water distribution network. 140,000 meters have been installed (63% of the total number of meters).
Odour control and treatment in wastewater pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants based on a new biotrickling treatment system that reuses activated carbon. A deodorisation performance of 100% has been achieved.
Division of rainwater and sewage networks to facilitate water draining in periods of torrential rain. In total, 1.5 million euros have been invested in 44 actions.
Hydrological restoration of wetlands at the mouth of the Guadalhorce. A total of 67 hectares have been restored, with 650 million litres of purified water being delivered over the course of 3 years.


Malaga City Council certifies and audits 100% of the city’s waste and cleaning services.
Cleaning equipment has been replaced to increase efficiency and reduce pressure on natural resources. 220,000 litres of non-drinking water are used for cleaning every day.
The use of biogas energy generated by urban waste deposited in landfills is encouraged. This has made it possible to reduce these gas emissions by 73%. 85% of the gas obtained is exported to the network and the rest is used for on-site energy consumption at the Los Ruices facilities.
Infrastructures promoting selective recycling are encouraged with containers for waste disposal. Malaga has 1,536 plastic, 1,300 glass and 1,537 paper and cardboard containers. Door-to-door selective waste collection is carried out in some areas, mostly in the hospitality industry.


The Sectoral Air Quality Plan is currently being drawn up. Monitoring of pollen levels in the air has been promoted through the installation of a measuring station in the environmental advisory centre. Air Quality Monitoring Project – Curmos. 59 sensors are being used, installed in fixed stations and mobile stations placed on trolleys use by the postal service or on bicycles used by volunteers.
Actions have been developed to improve noise levels within the framework of the Strategic Noise Map of the City of Malaga, the Action Plan against Noise in the City of Malaga, and the acoustic zoning of the city.
The mobile network for monitoring noise from leisure and other sources in Malaga has been installed, with acoustic measurements and citizen surveys. In total, noise levels were analysed in 41 locations in the Centre and Teatinos.


The awareness programme “Malaga, How I Love You!” has been promoted.
The School Agenda 21 initiative has been developed to transmit the City Council’s idea of environmental sustainability to our schools.
The local environmental agents programme (ALAs, for its initials in Spanish) has seen the participation of 3,500 schoolchildren from 40 educational centres to date, and 800 businesses have been involved.
The “Walking to School” initiative promotes sustainable mobility in the school environment.
Green Passport, an initiative that includes different workshops aimed at the educational community, has seen the participation of 80,000 students from 160 schools each year.
An awareness campaign has been developed focusing on the protection of the coastline, which involves the participation of 15 educational centres.
The “Toilets Aren’t Rubbish Bins” campaign has focused on making students aware that they should not throw wet wipes in the toilet. 3,500 students have participated.
International project for children and young people, focused on climate change, in collaboration with Plant for the Planet.
Campaigns for responsible water consumption.


Projects developed by the Urban Environment Observatory. A total of 39 million euros were invested between 2007 and 2013, which made it possible to implement 23 European projects that received 74% European funding.
Urban regeneration projects 2007-2020.
Urban metabolism projects 2007-2020.
Cross-border cooperation.
Agenda 21 Malaga 2015.
“Perchel-Lagunillas” Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (ISUDS) between 2017 and 2021, with an investment of 18.75 million euros.


Animal Friendly City of Malaga – Common Chameleon Project. 323 individuals have been recovered and another 233 born.
Parcemasa. The Jardín del Recuerdo (Garden of Remembrance) has been created, with an area of 40,000 m2, and initiatives have been developed for the protection of birds.
Smart SoftGreen irrigation system in three oases on La Misericordia beach.
Master plan for wooded areas.
Implementation of xeriscaping in nine areas to reduce water consumption in public spaces.
Use of recycled materials. 1,080 tonnes of pruning waste have been utilised and turned into 25 tonnes of compost, which have been employed in the maintenance of Malaga’s gardens.


Smart City Malaga, working in different areas since 2009, has achieved 25% energy savings and a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions. This has been possible thanks to initiatives such as the implementation of electric cars, the use of surplus electricity and the implementation of LED lighting.
Public lighting has been improved in Malaga’s Soho district. This has enabled savings of 40% in energy consumption and around 1.5 million euros in public spending.
Reduction of light pollution. 5,518 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been prevented thanks to the changes made to the city’s lighting.
Thermoelectric use of biogas at the Guadalhorce wastewater treatment plant. 74% of the energy it uses comes from cogeneration.
Management of Malaga City Council’s carbon footprint.
Limasa power plant.
Improving the energy efficiency of EMT (Malaga’s bus company) lighting systems.
Installation of solar panels and incorporation of a new EMT bus fleet, with 4 hybrid buses and 48 E6 buses.
Flexiciency Project, which provides better and more real-time information about energy consumption on a European level. Independent solar-powered lighting at Laguna de La Barrera.


Special Plan for Sustainable Urban Mobility in Malaga (2011 and 2015)
ZEM2ALL programme for electric mobility.
Power Programme, for smart management of the electric vehicle recharging network.
Bicycle lanes. Malaga has 43 km of bicycle lanes and 900 bicycle parking spaces.
Public bicycle rental service. The system has 6,000 users.
School routes. Walking to School project.
SCOOTCITY electric mobility project.


Certified Quality Beaches. Five beaches have received the Quality certification.
Reduction of the environmental impact of tourist information.
Living Nature. Positioning Malaga as a destination city for natural wealth and scenic beauty.


Environmental Advisory Centre. 681 companies have been certified and 2,000 companies have been advised.