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.
The city of Brussels' climate plan
What is it about?
Through the development of its Climate plan, the City of Brussels has been actively involved in the fight against climate change. The Climate plan is an essential instrument developed in two phases: the carbon footprint and the action plan. These tools will prepare the people of Brussels, as well as the staff of the City, for the coming climate and energy changes.
The Climate plan is intended to achieve the European energy and climate goals by 2030:
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% compared to 1990
- Increasing the volume of renewable energy to the minimum threshold of 27%
- Energy efficiency improvement by at least 27%
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