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Brussels reaffirms its position of "Sustainable city"

By Béatrice Alcaraz on 29 January 2015

Over the past decade, Brussels has led an exemplary policy in the field of energy and environment, including the economic and social dimensions.

Understanding the mechanisms that link the energy transition to a boost in the local economy is indispensable to guide local energy transition policies more efficiently.

That is what Brussels succeeded in by strengthening its policy with devices such as :

  • The "Passiv 2015 strategy" stipulates that all planning permission applications for construction or heavy renovations introduced after 1 January 2015 must involve highly energy-efficient buildings.
  • The Employement-Environment Alliance is an initiative that comes under the "Pact for Stustainable Urban Growth" ; it links job creation and economic development to environmental objectives.

Energy Cities analyses each mechanism in a recently-published study which presents the economic impact of the energy transition at local level and offers 6 cases studies in Europe and the United States.

Economic impact of the energy transition at the local level: Methodologies and case studies Economic impact of the energy transition at the local level: Methodologies and case studies

Energy Cities, December 2014
106 p., PDF format
ISBN: 978-2-9528748-1-6
Understanding the mechanisms that link the energy transition to a boost of the economy on the ground is indispensable to guide local energy transition policies more efficiently. Objective evidence of economic results is required, as is a better understanding of economic analysis methods, in order to equip local and regional authorities with the tools needed to demonstrate the benefits for all local players.
In this three-part study including six case studies from Europe and the United States, Energy Cities illustrates numerous socio-economic aspects of the energy transition and confirms its local economic benefits providing facts and figures.
First part – Potential and opportunities of green growth
Second part – Case studies, approaches and methodologies
Third part – Bibliography
Study supported by ADEME and Caisse des Dépôts



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