Mouscron is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut, along the border with the French city of Tourcoing, which is part of the Lille metropolitan area. The Mouscron municipality also includes the old municipalities of Dottignies (Dottenijs), Luingne, and Herseaux (Herzeeuw). In accordance with the national law, the municipality offers dual language services in French and Dutch. Kortrijk, in Flanders, is located just to the north of Mouscron.
The city substantially grew during the 19th and early 20th century with the development of the textile industry in the north of France.
Mouscron signed the covenant of Mayors 1 the 27 february 2012 and set a goal to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions of 21% on its territory for 2020, in order to contribute to the fight against climate change. The combination of two important axis of actions will allow them to respect this engagement : firstly, the general reduction of energy consumption and, finally, the developement of the production of local energy through renewable sources.
Source : Wikipedia, Energy Cities
City of Mouscron is a member of Energy Cities since 2014
57 000 Inhabitants
The city of Mouscron has given us a broad outline of its new projects under way, including one involving collective self-consumption for an entire neighbourhood.
Emmanuel Fontaine is both energy adviser at the City of Mouscron and one of the energy cooperative’s trustees. He told us about the long, but enriching process that led to the creation of this unique energy cooperative. According to this cheerful Belgian, with a clear passion for his work, such a project requires perseverance, tenacity and strong motivation.
As part of its commitment to the EU Covenant of Mayors, the city of Mouscron, Belgium, teamed up with its citizen to launch the “Coopem” […]