City of Mechelen

Belgium
Summary
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    Population 82325
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Actions
Promoting and facilitating car sharing services and electric car charging - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2017
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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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.

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Sectors:
  • Transport
Greening city buildings - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2017
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
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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.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
  • Facilities
local action
Transitiegroep Mechelen - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2017
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
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Since early 2013, a new 'transition' citizens' initiative has sprung up in Mechelen. Transition cafés are regularly being organized with a focus on sharing and swapping, repairing and reusing and energy saving.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
  • Waste
Baseline emission inventory - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2013
  • Type: Assessment/Research
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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.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
  • Facilities
  • Transport
  • Industrial processes and product use (IPPU)
  • Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
  • Waste
Inner city LED public lighting - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
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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.

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Sectors:
  • Buildings
  • Facilities
Inner city car free zone - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Regulatory
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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.

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Sectors:
  • Facilities
  • Transport
  • Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
local action
Mechelen Klimaatstad vzw - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2007
  • Type: Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
  • Status:

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.

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Sectors:
  • Residential
  • Transport
  • Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Increasing readiness by improving existing emergency response plans - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2017
  • Type: Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Current emergency response plans are being revised and national guidelines on for example heat stroke response are being adapted to better suit local needs.

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Sectors:
  • Early Warning Systems and Disaster management
local action
Reintroducing water to the inner city - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2017
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
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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.

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Sectors:
  • Infrastructure
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Water Resources
local action
Sigmaplan - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2012
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
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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.

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Sectors:
  • Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
  • Early Warning Systems and Disaster management
  • Infrastructure
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems
local action
1,000 new trees - City of Mechelen
  • Start year: 2006
  • Type: Technical/Infrastructure investment
  • Status:

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.

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Sectors:
  • Infrastructure
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems
local action
Inventories
Community inventories

GHG emission from City of Mechelen
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Government operations inventory

The City of Mechelen has reported 1 government operational inventory, since 2012. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2012, the are identified as key emission sources.

GHG emission from City of Mechelen
GHG inventory in 2012
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