City of Mechelen
Belgium

Population: 82325
Area of jurisdiction: 33.71 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2012 ):  0 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

Transitiegroep Mechelen
Since early 2013, a new 'transition' citizens' initiative has sprung up in Mechelen. Transition caf├ęs are regularly being organized with a focus on sharing and swapping, repairing and reusing and energy saving. Start year  
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
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Promoting and facilitating car sharing services and electric car charging
The city has made agreements with several car sharing organizations and provides them with reserved parking spaces, free parking in paying areas and free facilities to train new drivers. Several promotional campaigns have received city support. Mechelen has participated in a Flemish government innovation program resulting in the installation of several electric car and bike charging stations. A CNG gasstation is available, operated by a private company. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Greening city buildings
Greening city buildings - making them more energy efficient and adding renewable energy facilities - is a constant focus. In recent years several hundred solar panels have been installed on city administration and school roofs (353385 Wp total nominal power). Green roofs have been added to flat rooftops. New buildings are equipped with smart sensors controlling lighting and heating. A thorough review of all city-owned buildings is underway. The city of Mechelen has a 100% green electricity contract for all public buildings and operations. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
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Mechelen Klimaatstad vzw
Formally founded as a not-for-profit organization on Earth Day 2008, Mechelen Klimaatstad has been a very active citizen group ever since. Organizing eco movie nights, vegetarian tasting and shared dinner events and biking promotion actions. Start year 2007
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
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Inner city car free zone
From 11 am till 6 pm a large part of the inner city is off limits for motorized visitors. This is enforced by camera control. Currently, the car free zone is being evaluated and could be expanded in the near future. Several former parking areas have been brought underground, allowing the creation of new car free public squares, one of which now accommodates grass lawns and trees. Start year 2012
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Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Baseline emission inventory
After joining the EU Covenant of Mayors in 2012, the city of Mechelen has contacted several possible private partners to conduct the baseline emission inventory. In the summer of this year the assignment was awarded to Futureproofed. They will provide a detailed overview of emission baseline levels in 2011. A selection of quick wins will be presented to city officials, making it possible to focus on the most efficient low carbon strategies and actions. Start year 2013
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Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Inner city LED public lighting
Mechelen has chosen to switch the entire inner city lighting infrastructure to LED-lighting, a first for Belgium. A new lighting fixture was specially developed for this purpose by a private partner (Philips). Initially these plans were not well received by the public network operator Eandis, but the city of Mechelen stood her ground and managed to get the first fixtures installed in 2012, two years after making the decision to switch to energy saving and durable LED-technology. The city has made plans to improve the new fixtures by adding smart lighting sensors, thus allowing the dimming of the lights when no movement is registered. Start year 2012
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Adaptation actions

1,000 new trees
In recent years, the city of Mechelen has added approximately 1,000 trees on public squares, along streets and in city neighborhoods. A city directive states that every cut down tree has to be replaced by at least two new trees. When replanting trees, the choice goes out to older - more expensive but more 'productive' - trees. Start year 2006
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
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Reintroducing water to the inner city
After mostly banning small inner city canals during previous centuries and decades, our city government has made the choice to reintroduce 'vlieten' to the public space. Several canals have allready been commissioned, new ones are currently being planned. EU funding was acquired. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Increasing readiness by improving existing emergency response plans
Current emergency response plans are being revised and national guidelines on for example heat stroke response are being adapted to better suit local needs. Start year  
Sector Early Warning Systems and Disaster management
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Sigmaplan
Three new major flooding grounds are being created, protecting the city and its inhabitants from surge flooding. Additional levees are being erected. These actions are part of a regional action plan. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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