Climate plan - province of East Flanders info

The province of East Flanders is aiming to become climate neutral by 2050. When a province is climate neutral the emission of greenhouse gases is equal to the amount that the environment and soil can absorb. In this manner East Flanders hopes to limit climate change and to adapt to the possible consequences thereof. This ambition is set out in the provincial climate plan, which is the outcome of a broadly participative path involving internal workgroups on climate change in which the various provincial services were represented, a climate summit, and climate laboratories together with policymakers and officials, community organizations, associations, companies and corporate associations.

The climate plan is set out in five parts. The first part sketches out the consequences of climate change, both on a global and a local level. The second part presents the province’s current level of greenhouse gas emissions, as calculated by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). The third and fourth parts outline the vision and the strategy to be pursued, based on five transitional paths that represent the 2050 ambitions. These paths are: working towards a self-sufficient province in respect of energy; working towards sustainable mobility and smart networking; working towards liveable cities and municipalities; working towards a future-oriented and circular economy; and working towards a climate-proof blue-green infrastructure. The fifth and final part collects all the projects and campaigns together into a concrete plan of action for the 2015-2020 period.


title Climate plan
location province of East Flanders
opdrachtgever province of East Flanders
contact person Frederika Torfs
status completed
period 2014-2015
surface area 2,991 km²
tasks creating and fleshing out a vision
team Andries Deconinck, Björn Bracke, Carolien Decq, Filip Lagiewka, Luc Wallays, Pieter Van den Broeck
project leader Filip Lagiewka
partnership Zero Emission Solutions