Brussels has just been selected as one of the finalists for the European Green Capital Award. The other finalists are Bristol, Glasgow and Ljubljana!
At present, 1.4% of electricity consumed in the Brussels Region is green, i.e. produced from renewable energy sources or quality cogeneration (1).
The Government of Brussels decided at the end of 2012 to set a target of 12% green electricity by 2025, defining new quotas for electricity suppliers.
This decision will make it possible to boost green energy output in the Brussels-Capital Region: energy that’s clean, won’t run out and is produced locally!
Insecticides, fungicides and herbicides are all examples of pesticides that we use on our crops and in our flower and vegetable gardens to protect them against problems such as insects, fungi and weeds.
But the use of pesticides poses risks to the environment, human health and quality of life!
The first piece of good news: in July, some subsidies were greatly increased, and this increase has been maintained. This was decided to guarantee an adequate level of profitability of investments following the decision of the Federal Government to abolish tax deductions on energy-saving investments.
Thus, the following are planned:
At the end of October, those in the construction sector, along with the Brussels-Capital Region, committed to applying the "Passive 2015" agreement: any town-planning permit for construction or major renovation of a residence, office building, or school submitted after 1 January 2015 must observe the "passive standard", that is, develop highly energy-efficient buildings.
Everyone knows it: the annual energy bill of the Brussels household has kept increasing in recent years following the surge in the oil prices.
In addition, housing is often very poorly insulated and equipped, which means that only renovation work can have a significant impact on consumption: replacement of old single glazing with high-performance double glazing, insulation of the roof or attic, or installation of a regulating thermostat and thermostatic valves.
Financing work? Not always easy!
What is a collective garden?
A collective garden is a place for sharing and discussion, where vegetables, aromatic plants, fruit, flowers, etc, are grown.
The call for projects
Brussels Environment is launching a call for projects for developing collective gardens. The applications selected in this context will receive ongoing support in developing their projects and financial assistance in purchasing materials.
As part of the dynamic process of collective participation, the 12th edition of the “Green Neighbourhoods” campaign is inviting neighbourhood committees and other resident associations to come up with ideas to make their neighbourhood that little bit greener.
The 2012 season has got underway