Brussels-Capital Region

Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country. Brussels is the most densely populated and the richest region in Belgium in terms of GDP per capita. It covers 161 km2 (62 sq mi), a relatively small area compared to the two other regions, and has a population of 1.2 million. The metropolitan area of Brussels counts over 2.1 million people, which makes it the largest in Belgium. It is also part of a large conurbation extending towards Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Walloon Brabant, home to over 5 million people.

A National Climate Plan was introduced based on a cooperation agreement between the federal and regional authorities after Belgium signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1998. One of the commitments made by the Brussels-Capital Region under this plan is reducing carbon emissions.

Many factors impact the state of the environment in the Brussels-Capital Region, including the number of inhabitants, the number of people in work, how they get around, the type of businesses, the built-up area and the amount of green space.

The following pages contain information on energy, waste management, water quality, air quality, storm water basins and the relationship between health and living conditions.

Following the sixth Sate reform, animal welfare  has become a regional competence managed by Bruxelles Environnement.

Brussels, sustainable city

Sustainable development is an environmentally friendly form of economic and social development that meets the needs of today without compromising the capacity of future generations to meet theirs.

The Brussels-Capital Region’s sustainable development policy is based on various pieces of very specific legislation relating to development, urban planning, mobility and the environment.

Source : Wikipedia, Brussels official website


Brussels-Capital Region is a member of Energy Cities since 1998


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