Waasland Region – Promoting renewable energy in cities and the countryside

An example of an initiative promoting energy efficiency that addresses climate change through targeted actions at grassroots level.

Project summary: 

To combat climate change it is important to take action, not only in cities, but also in rural areas. This project aims to support a shift to a more energy efficient countryside through a series of actions targeting different sectors in the region of Waasland.

Project activities include creating a territorial energy vision for the ten municipalities in the region; stimulating the interest of farmers in renewable energy and energy efficiency; carrying out research on the fermentation of verge cuttings by local municipalities; offering energy coaching; promoting the use of solar panels in schools within the region and setting up a cooperative for renewable energy.

Project results: 

Three information meetings were organized with energy experts.

Six farmers were provided with free “energy scans” and advice on how to become more energy efficient. The results were disseminated across the region.

An information session and several coordination meetings were organised concerning the research into the fermentation of verge cuttings, which is to be completed at the beginning of 2019.

Two climate congresses have been organized for 183 schools to inform them about the benefits of solar panels and energy monitoring. An agreement was signed with 21 schools to install energy monitors and 31 schools were willing to install solar panels. This will result in a CO2 reduction of 154 metric tons per year.