Large-scale projects

  • A Regional Sustainable Development Plan is being developed.
  • A combined project for a "sustainable city district" at Tour & Taxis which involves the construction of 1,000 to 2,000 homes, shops, offices, services, public amenities, the headquarters of Brussels Environment, all developed around three main themes: revitalised architectural heritage, sustainable communities and water.
  • The creation of sustainable neighbourhoods, whether they are older neighbourhoods or brownfield sites, renovating buildings or initiating new ways of living together.
  • Europe and the Loi Urban Project. To set an example, both at regional and European level, Brussels intends to strengthen its expertise and its international reputation for sustainable urban practices.
  • Next to the Visitor Centre or Parlamentarium, the European institutions plan to establish a Mobility Centre to promote sustainable mobility.
  • The development and redevelopment of the Heysel Plateau with Project NEO is intended as a benchmark for sustainable development.

Brussels is classified as Europe's first sustainable city for its environmental policy!

Out of 30 European capitals, Brussels ranks 9th, ahead of Paris and London, in the European Green City Index* or ranking of sustainable cities. In particular, Brussels comes joint top with Copenhagen when it comes to public environmental policy.

*The Green City Index. This is an index that assesses the environmental policies of 30 European cities from public statistics covering 30 indicators relating to eight major themes: environmental governance, water management, land and waste management, energy consumption, quality of buildings, transport, CO2 emissions and air quality. The figures are interpreted from the specific context of each city and combined into a single index. Sponsored by Siemens, the study is conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit of The Economist.