City of roughly 44 000 inhabitants, situated at the edge of Brussels-Capitale Region, north of it, along the Brussels–Scheldt Maritime Canal.
Vilvoorde is the first flemish city to join Energy Cities network.
Vilvoorde, has enormous environmental pressures. “This has a lot to do with the mobility problem, the rapid growth of the city and its location in the airport area and on the outskirts of the Capital Region”, says mayor Hans Bonte.
The city reduced the CO2 emissions of its own buildings, cars and public lighting by 11, 14 and 10% respectively between 2011 and 2016. However, much remains to be done to meet the climate targets. Within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors, the city wants to further reduce emissions by 2020 and work toward more renewable energy.
By joining the network, the city also wants to show that it is serious about its ambitious energy and climate policy. At the same time, it can also pass on its own ideas to other cities.
For example, there is a great deal of interest in their ClimateKet. An idea to explain the climate problem in schools in Vilvoorde, raising awareness.
City of Vilvoorde is a member of Energy Cities since 2019
44 000 Inhabitants