Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium)
Minister for Housing, Quality of life, Enrivonment and Energy
Vice-President of Energy Cities’ Board of Directors
What is the Region’s most ambitious target in terms of sustainable energy?
Brussels aims to reduce GHG emissions by 30% by 2025 – baseline year 1990. Our action mainly focuses on energy use in the building and transport sectors. Indeed, together these sectors account for 96% of Brussels’ final energy consumption.
To reach this objective, a number of tools have been set up, such as:
* Brussels’ Code for Air, Climate and Energy Control (COBRACE), adopted on 2 May 2013, which includes many measures related to energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, transport, air quality and climate.
* The Regional Air-Climate-Energy Plan (PACE), which legally derives from the COBRACE. This plan includes 130 measures structured around 9 axes and focuses on energy-consuming, GHG-emitting and air-polluting sectors (buildings, transport and consumption). The PACE notably establishes the guidelines and measures to undertake in order to achieve the objectives set in the COBRACE. The PACE has been developed in the framework of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. It was adopted on 26 September 2013. Its impact on the environment is currently being evaluated and it will shortly be submitted to a public survey.
3 words to describe Energy Cities?
Leadership, ambition, exchange.
What are the benefits of being part of the Energy Cities network?
Networking with other cities that are facing the same challenges allows us to access a whole series of good practices and fruitful experiments. For instance, the “Exemplary Buildings” programme (Bâtiments Exemplaires), which was very successful in Brussels and contributed to changing mind sets and improving techniques as regards highly energy-efficient buildings, was inspired by a similar programme from the Rhônes-Alpes Region (France).
Furthermore, being part of this network offers Brussels visibility, allowing the city to share its ambition and achievements in turn.
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