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We are convinced that (our) actions for climate are desirable, possible and feasible. Together we are going to get there, we need hope and optimism because our planet is worth it, but also because our people are asking for it.

Philippe Close

Mayor of Brussels

Social benefits of climate action

Brussels, the city at the heart of the European Union, is leading by example, implementing measures to tackle the climate problem.

In 2008, it launched a 2030 climate plan, drawing on ideas from experts and input from members of the public, with a focus on greenhouse gas emission reductions, an increase in renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

A decade later and the EU capital, with a population of over 1.1 million people, is on track to meet those targets and its mayor, Philippe Close, has announced investment in new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure as well as fines for the most polluting diesel vehicles.

The need for climate action that benefits all levels of society forms an important part of the plan. To reduce energy bills and cut carbon, 100 social houses are being made more energy efficient as part of a 35 million euro thermal insulation project.

Mayor Close said: “The message I want to send is that we are convinced, in the City of Brussels, as in other capitals, that the climate emergency should give us access to the necessary means to take action.