Context and objectives

In the context of the study on transition management (more information), it was established together with stakeholders that there is a need for a clear view of the transition initiatives currently under development both at home and abroad. Such an overview should allow public authorities and stakeholders to obtain a better insight into the dynamics already existing in the field, thereby facilitating an exchange of experiences and best practices between all actors involved, while, of course, also contributing to the transition within Belgium.

This has spurred the Climate Change Section to draw up, in a first stage, a ‘mapping’ of those low- carbon/climate-neutral initiatives on the medium and long-term that are led by public authorities within Belgium and the European Union.

It clearly appears from this ‘mapping’ that a large number of initiatives already exist. Within the European Union, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom have already been developing strategies for low-carbon development in the long term. But also within Belgium, the regions, a number of provinces and many towns and municipalities have already been working on the development of their vision, strategy and policy to meet targets in the medium and long term to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to grow into low-carbon or climate-neutral regions or municipalities.

Through this ‘mapping’, the Climate Change Service intends:

  • To demonstrate that a transition is taking place in Belgium in a broad context;
  • To contribute to the cooperation and exchange between various actors and initiatives, both between various regions and between various levels of government. Coordination and cooperation are of course essential for a successful transition to a low-carbon society;
  • To offer everyone the opportunity to become aware of interesting initiatives in their own living environment.