The total energy consumption in the peripheral urban landscape north-east of Antwerp was equal to 3.450.000 MWh in 2011. In that same year, the total CO2 emissions in the region amounted to 739,883 tons of carbon dioxide. This means that the relative consumption (the consumption in respect of the total number of inhabitants) by households in the peripheral urban landscape was higher than the provincial average. Moreover, it is expected that household consumption in the peripheral urban landscape will increase by 7.9% by 2020.
This expected increase led to the province of Antwerp commissioning a study for the peripheral urban landscape into the potential for renewable energy, with the ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Because fossil fuels will become increasingly scarce, the far-reaching electrification of the region was also taken into account.
This study indicates which renewable energy source is deemed to have the most potential, for each renewable resource (solar energy, wind energy, stochastic energy sources, energy generated from waste and biomass, and environmental and geothermal energy) and their associated technologies, taking into account the spatial, legal, technical, and financial preconditions and the expected production capacity.