On 19 March 2012, the Brussels-Capital Region will be holding a colloquium on the metropolitan dimension of Brussels. The Brussels-Capital Region is faced with major challenges. In order meet these, the Region has started work on a Regional Sustainable Development Plan.
In Brussels Nuisance reduction
The pilot project launched by Eco Innovations was the inspiration for the project "Urban Vegetable Gardens".Launched in late 2009, the "Brussels Greenfields" call for projects has enabled support to be given for the creation of businesses on land in the canal area requiring decontamination. The first winners of the second call for projects have now been announced. As a result of this call for projects over 94,982 m² of land will soon be decontaminated!
This is the life of any item bought in a shop, in a few steps: manufactured, stored, bought, used, broken, and discarded. So it’s not surprising that each Brussels resident produces 400 kg of waste per year.
During winter periods, Brussels can experience pollution peaks. To deal with them, the Region has established a policy to measure them, alert the population and take action if thresholds are exceeded. We can also help prevent them: public transport, carpooling, flexible driving, telecommuting, insulation of our residences, etc.; we can take action on air quality year-round!
Water is essential to us. We consume 110 litres of it per day and per person. But blue gold can also be a source of pollution, as in the 19th century, when it was decided to enclose the streams in Brussels to avoid the spread of disease and consolidate urbanisation of the city.
Brusselsextends over 160 km² and has one million inhabitants. Brussels residents use telephones, travel, and consume, and all this activity has consequences: air pollution, soil pollution, electromagnetic waves, etc.
An agreement has just been signed between these two regions to share experience and knowledge on environmental matters. This is a way of making good use of the expertise acquired by our region on this issue whose implications extend well beyond national boundaries.