"Blue gate was also discussed in the context of adaptation.
Blue Gate Antwerp’s strategic master plan states that the site is to become an energy positive business terrain. This means that Blue Gate will be self-sufficient in its energy needs by using renewable energy sources. Electricity is obtained from wind and PV-installations, heat is won out of via biogas-fired CHP and a heat pump, cooling is achieved by absorption and a heat pump. If possible, Blue Gate can also provide heating to surrounding areas, such as Nieuw Zuid. The realisation research was carried out using an energy plan.
These are the core assumptions of a match between the energy of the site, the instruments to be used and the energy units produced:
Energy need / Instrument / Planned Unit
9 MWp PV
Heat Biogas fired CHP - 4 MWel
Low temperature heat pump : 7600 DN 250 to DN 100 3000 +
High temperature : 1000m DN250
Cold supply / Absorption cooling
Heat pump 1.5 MW
Discharge of waste heat in WWTP (waste water treatment plant) effluent
Besides this energy plan the city strives for a symbiosis between the various parties involved and for the exchange of residual heating and cooling through a smart grid.
Renovation of boilers, distribution and regulation in municipal buildings (museums, offices, sports halls, schools …) USD exchange rate of August 2013Read More Read Less
Implementing CHP in 5 swimming pools. USD exchange rate of August 2013Read More Read Less
"The city of antwerp posesses more than 300 passenger vehicles (cars, light duty vans ...). 30 of these vehicles are shared and 270 assigned to a certain position. In the future the city hopes to share 10-20% of the current fleet, as well as to decrease the fleet itself by 10-20%.
"We discussed Nieuw Zuid before, in the context of adaptation. In terms of mitigation, the choice for a heat network is fundamental. The heat network provides heating and hot water. The heat is produced in a heat plant at the edge of Nieuw Zuid.
The city council approved the publication of a call for candidates for a concession contract for the design, construction and maintenance of a heat distribution network and heat plant (with heat production). The contract also includes the operation of the heat distribution network and heat delivery. The yields will vary according to the chosen solution. The estimates range from 600 to 11000 tonnes of CO2 reduction per year, 40.000 to 80.000 MWh of energy saved per year, 0 to 8.000 MWh of renewable energy used per year. USD exchange rate of August 2013.
"The city of Antwerp has realised the following projects regarding PV-installations:
2002: household PV-installation on the roof of EcoHuis
2009: first PV-installation via leasing (4 building)
2010: second PV-installation via leasing (5 buildings)
2011: PV-installations via public concessions (10 buildings)
2014 has 5 more buildings with PV-installations in store as part of a broad matrix of measures (own investments providing that market conditions are good). USD exchange rate of August 2013.
Together with distribution network management company EANDIS, the city is mapping out the demand for room heating, sanitary water, cooling and electricity. This is visualised on a 50 by 50 grid, per street segment and on a yearly basis. This helps to locate opportunities for heat and cooling networks. It provides insight in the technical and economic feasibility and technical dimensions of the heat network. The map is not limited to heat networks only, but also provides information about necessary investments for future energy networks and valuable information for customised and effective campaigns about energy-saving.Read More Read Less
"The city wishes to achieve its goals in terms of climate mitigation as efficiently as possible. This is why the city and Futureproofed (an external organisation) are working on a policy instrument designed to:
- increase the resolution of CO2-figures, allowing causes to be linked to concrete target groups
- define and prioritise measures per target group based on hard and soft criteria. Hard criteria are the revenue, cost and financing of a given measure. Examples of soft criteria are visibility, setting good examples, social correctness, practicability … The administration wants to use these criteria to select the right measures, taking into account the specific profiles and characteristics of the target groups.
- closely monitor the expected emissions and – through risk-reporting – allow the city to speed up successful/promising projects or discontinue others.
With this instrument, the city gives further effect to a previously published impact study (2012) which provides insight into the overall reduction potential (attached). USD exchange rate of August 2013.
As an employer, the city of antwerp wants to promote the bicycle as an individual means of transport at work. The city offers normal bikes to employees for round trips up to 5km. For round trips up to 16km, electric bikes are available. These guidelines were based on an analysis of the cost of work-related trips. Bikes are treated in the same way as cars, they also get planned maintenance. For green maintenance tasks, the potential of cargobikes is being explored. We also explore the option of velomobiles.Read More Read Less
Implementing relighting in municipal buildings (offices, schools, cultural centres,…). USD exchange rate of August 2013Read More Read Less
"EcoHuis organised the following actions in 2012 :
• There were more than 550 workshops for schools and more than 600 tours in EcoHuis .
• More than 400 residents participated in sessions on e.g. durable insulation and the installation of a green roof in EcoHuis.
• More than 5,000 residents received assistance with their transition to a low-cost green energy supplier.
• More than 10,000 families changed their energy supplier via the green power group purchase action of the province of Antwerp .
• The city intervened in the construction of more than 60 rainwater tanks or green roofs.
• More than 1500 energy scans were performed, half of those for social target groups.
• More than 500 school groups and neighbourhood associations visited the children’s farm and more than 200 groups were guided by EcoHuis.
• 90 schools committed to the EcoSchool programme and five natural playgrounds were inaugurated.
• The project fund ‘sustainable city’ financially supported eight associations with projects that contribute to the realisation of a sustainable city.
• The city facilitated group purchases of insulation for more than 200 residents of neighbourhoods in Deurne and Luchtbal.
• More than 14.700 families received an energy-audit in their homes, where tens of thousands of light bulbs and water-saving shower heads were installed.
• In collaboration with social service centres dozens of climate-saving sessions were organised in the streets for several groups of people.
Implementation of an energy management system with remote meter readings for monitoring energy consumption. USD exchange rate of August 2013.Read More Read Less
Wall insulation (exterior or injection in cavity) in sports halls, cultural centres, swimming pools ... USD exchange rate of August 2013.Read More Read Less
We discussed Stadslab2050 before, in the context of adaptation. Stadslab2050 aims to come to concrete actions and experiments in a number of themed meetings (climate is one of the themes). The meetings are to yield proposals for actions, to be implemented by the urban community. As an extra impulse, the city rewards promising projects with process guidance and top projects with financial support.Read More Read Less
Since 2009, the city uses 100 % green power for its own administration as well as for public lighting. Since 2012, this power is also 100 % CO²-free.Read More Read Less
"• The municipal Port Company rewards clean ships. In 2011 the port introduced the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) which rewards sea ships with an ESI-score of over 31 with a 10 % discount on tonnage dues since April 1, 2011.
• Barges can use shore side electricity at a number of locations within the port energy. This way, they don’t have to keep their engines running in order to generate electricity. The Shore power platform lists locations that provide shore side electricity in the port of Antwerp and other Flemish ports.
• The municipal Port Company sets the example and enrolled in Lean and Green in 2013.
• The municipal Port Company uses 100 % green power. "
Via her property company AG VESPA the city buys dilapidated buildings or small, difficult to develop sites in order to renovate or develop them. This policy concentrates on so-called ‘focus areas’, the parts of the city which appeal less to private investors and where small projects can function as levers. AG VESPA uses architecture as an instrument for urban development. Innovative designs are pursued to create added value for neighbourhoods. Where desired and possible, adjacent run-down buildings are bought in order to tackle a considerable part of the street in one swift move. AG VESPA has integrated a range of sustainability criteria in its design guidelines. This way, the new homes (or retail spaces) contribute to a sustainable, low energy housing stock. For its operations, AG VESPA can count on Flemish and federal funds, together ca. 85 miljoen EUR ( 112 million USD). The revenue of sold properties is invested in new projects, this way a local revolving fund is available as well. In the past 10 years, 80 projects (or 253 housing units) were completed. Today, 22 projects (or 94 housing units) are being executed. USD exchange rate of August 2013.Read More Read Less
Olympus ‘Living Lab Electric Vehicles’ is one of the Flemish government's 'experiments with electric vehicles'. Olympus is a platform to share and increase experience with electric mobility. Within the Olympus project, the city is testing a public e-bike station ; an electric cargo bike; blue-bike-vouchers (bike sharing system installed near train stations) and electric cars. The focus lies on intermodal connections and last-mile solutions.Read More Read Less
Replacing single glazing and old double glazing with high efficiency glazing in swimming pools, offices, cultural centres, schools …… USD exchange rate of August 2013.Read More Read Less
Roof insulation in schools, museums, sports halls, swimming pools …USD exchange rate of August 2013.Read More Read Less
New buildings, such as child day-care centres and schools are built according to the passive house standard. Today, the city is building three day-care centres with 226 places in total. These are located in the city centre as well as in the outer city. In addition, the city opts for the integration of other functions. For instance, houses and apartments are being built as well on the site of old bakery Dekort. In the district of Berendrecht a city school and a day-care centre are built on one site. USD exchange rate of August 2013.Read More Read Less
"In order to reduce its emissions, the city's fleet of heavy duty vehicles needs to switch to CNG. The city of Antwerp is already gaining experience with this technology. Up to 2013 the main goal was to get a private-public CNG-supply in the south of the city. By 2014 there will be a full coverage of CNG availability in Antwerp. The city's procurement policy is to always buy the most sustainable vehicles available. All sustainable vehicles are decorated with the communication campaign message 'Together we achieve more with less' in order to raise citizen awareness.
In terms of adaptation, EcoHuis provides information about relevant legislation and subsidies for climate-resistant building (catching rainwater, green roofs, green façades). EcoHuis is planning to create maps that visualise the suitability of citizens' roofs for potential measures in terms of adaptation, insulation and renewable energy (green roofs, PV panels ...). EcoHuis also promotes shared gardens and urban agriculture. There are 17 shared gardens in Antwerp. Biodroom is best known garden. It is also a meeting place where people enjoy food, culture, art and music and where children can play.Read More Read Less
"The strategic spatial structure plan defines a number of strategic zones that are to be revived with a mixed programme of new housing, retail space, offices and green infrastructure. Important development areas are Cadix, Nieuw Zuid and Blue Gate Antwerp. The city and its public and private partners have set themselves very high standards for these developments. Blue Gate is to become an advanced business centre for sustainable companies as well as a waterbound distribution centre functioning at the level of the city-region. The entire terrain will be developed sustainably. The BREEAM guidelines are followed. A bespoke version was developed specifically for Blue Gate.
Blue Gate will be energy-positive and thus self-sufficient in terms of its energy needs. Water surpluses are managed in responsible ways. There are wadi’s throughout the terrain. Green roofs are present wherever possible. The activities on the terrain will include sustainable chemistry and a logistic centre for city distribution. USD exchange rate of August 2013.
The city's heat-island research consist of two parts. The first part entails the making of the city's first heat-map. This map will visualise the problem of urban heating in the summer months of 2013 and 2030. The problem zones will be indicated and possible mitigating actions will be presented. The second part is the European project, FP 7, Naclim. This study uses long term scenario's (IPCC up to 2100) and studies possible effects of measures (e.g. a new park). Evolutions such as urban growth and densification are taken into account. The results are mapped out and optimally used in spatial planning projects.Read More Read Less
The building code formulates regulations and recommendations that apply to every private or public, new building or renovation project in Antwerp. In terms of mitigation, there are rules about boiler rooms and (future) connections to a heat network. In terms of adaptation, the code obligates a green character for private gardens and green roofs on flat roof surfaces. It also obligates rainwater buffering and maximal infiltration. It offers recommendations regarding the use of sustainable materials and cool roofs.Read More Read Less
Antwerp stands on the eve of a grand renewal project for the Scheldt Quays. The main reason why Flemish public company 'Waterways and Sea Channel' (W&Z) and the city of Antwerp have joined forces is to better protect Antwerp against floods in the future. W&Z is in charge of the safety measures, the city organises the renewal of public space on the quays. The city wants to renew and reinforce the ties between city and Scheldt and give the citizens of Antwerp their river back. The total cost is 454 million EUR of which Antwerp invests 171 million itself. USD exchange rate of August 2013.Read More Read Less
Together with Bilbao, Bogotá, Hyderabad, London, New York, Rio De Janeiro and Skopje, Antwerp is a 'focal city' in the Ramses project. RAMSES stands for Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for citiES. It is an internationally renowned project of which the list of participants includes the London Scool of Economics, Potsdam Insitute for Climate Research, Tyndall Centre and VITO (Flemish institute for technology research). The main goal of this research project is to shed light on the effects of climate change. Secondly, the project wants to map out the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures. Thirdly, Ramses wants to arrive at lower adaptation costs and a better understanding and reception of adaptation measures in cities.Read More Read Less
Stadslab2050 is a platform for anyone concerned with sustainability trajectories in the city. Founded in 2013 by the city, Stadslab2050 has a variety of members representing business, civil society and knowledge institutions (e.g. KBC bank, the Alfaport federation of logistic and port companies, the BBL Federation for a Better Environment …). Stadslab wants to come to concrete actions and experiments linked to specific meeting moments. The results of these meetings are proposals for actions that can be implemented by the urban community. As an extra impulse, the city rewards a number of promising projects with process guidance and the top projects are also financially supported.Read More Read Less
The strategic spatial structure plan defines a number of strategic zones that are to be revived with mixed programmes of new housing, retail spaces, offices and green infrastructure. Important development areas are Cadix, Nieuw Zuid and Blue Gate Antwerp. The city and its public and private partners have set themselves very high standards for these developments. In terms of adaptation measures specifically for Nieuw Zuid there is a special focus on biodiversity (e.g. a new 15 ha park, lots of green elements in the streets, opting for indigenous plants) and rainwater neutrality.Read More Read Less
The strategic spatial structure plan defines a number of strategic zones that are to be revived with a mixed programme of new housing, retail space, offices and green infrastructure. Important development areas are Cadix, Nieuw Zuid and Blue Gate Antwerp. The city and its public and private partners have set themselves very high standards for these developments. Adaptation measures planned specifically for Cadix are a sustainable water policy and high energy norms. Green roofs are principally obligated – one exception is made for the installation of solar energy systems. In the contest-phase, candidate-developers are asked to elaborate the reuse of rainwater and grey water as part of the development. The sewerage system will process rainwater and wastewater separately in the entire quarter. Rainwater that is caught will be drained into the surrounding docks after infiltration and local buffering (with a view to reuse and slow drainage). All revenues and expenses relating to the developments are managed by means of envelope budgeting: the valorisation of the land finances the renewal of public space. Depending of the chosen energy concept, the reduction of emissions lies between 100 and 2500 tCo2 per year. Energy reduction lies between 1809 and 10035 MWh per year and renewable energy will account for 0 to 8000 MWh per year.Read More Read Less
The City of Antwerp has reported 1 Community emission inventory, since 2010. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2010, the Stationary energy, Transport and Industrial process and product use are identified as key emission sources.
The City of Antwerp has reported 1 government operational inventory, since 2010. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2010, the Transport is identified as key emission source.
Mayor Bart De WeverCity of Antwerp, Belgium