EUROCITIES on COP 21: Ghent Climate Alliance

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24-08-2015

Ghent has a variety of initiatives to drive forward its aim of becoming climate neutral by 2050.

Ghent aims to be climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this, Ghent is getting its citizens on board through various means. These include longer term planning and short term measures. Both the ‘transition arenas’, which bring together climate frontrunners, and targeted climate working groups on specific areas, feed directly into local climate policy. Some platforms are dedicated specifically to school children and young people, who are encouraged to spread the word to their peers.

There are shorter term concrete measures in place too, such as a thermographic map allowing residents to pinpoint energy waste in the home. Vulnerable groups are targeted through a special agency which offers energy guidance and efficiency measures. And citizens’ initiatives include a ‘carrotmob’, which involves citizens supporting a specific business in return for environmental commitments; or ‘Thursday veggieday’, where participating businesses offer only vegetarian dishes once a week.

The city is setting its own example by implementing energy efficiency measures in public spaces and buildings, and monitoring its CO2 levels. Ghent believes that participation of its citizens is key to becoming climate neutral by 2050.

Find out more about Ghent’s ambitions in our ‘cities in action’ case study, available here

 

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