Vatican is world's greenest state
Pope Benedict XVI has been dubbed the 'green pope' by the Italian media for his strong emphasis on the environment.
Tue, Dec 07, 2010 at 01:42 PM
SOLAR POWER: The 2,400 panels on the 5,000-square meter roof of the Paul VI auditorium near St. Peter's Basilica converts sunlight into 300 megawatts of electricity a year. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
The tiny Vatican City is now by far the world's most environmentally friendly state following the installation of giant solar power panels, the Vatican's official daily said Tuesday.
"The Vatican has reached a small record in solar energy power production per capita: 200 watts at peak times... per inhabitant, compared to 80 in Germany, the world leader in this field," Osservatore Romano said.
The Vatican City is the least populated sovereign state in the world, with a population of only around 800 people.
Italy produces just four watts per capita from solar energy.
Osservatore Romano said that the panels installed on the Paul VI conference hall two years ago had saved the Vatican 89.84 tons of oil equivalent.
Pope Benedict XVI has been dubbed the "green pope" by the Italian media for his strong emphasis on the environment.
Earlier this month Vatican officials said they were thinking of using an electric-powered vehicle to replace the iconic popemobile.
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