Sharing ideas on a new governance for a low-carbon urban society by 2050 on June 22nd

According to the United Nations, cities will host more than 2/3 of the world’s population by 2050 and will be responsible for most of global carbon emissions. As part of the European commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% in 2050 compared to 1990 levels, the Brussels-Capital Region is committed to developing a low-carbon strategy to meet the 2050 goals.

To trigger the transition to a more sustainable society, it is essential to mobilize all the resources that make up the richness of an urban territory, such as in Brussels. Cities face multi-dimensional and cross-cutting challenges, only a coordinated multi-level approach engaging various areas of expertise is likely to be successful.

In light of these considerations, Brussels is examining various forms of governance that would enable this city to achieve its low carbon goal by 2050. It is essential to carry out an in-depth thinking on the evolution of the role and working methods of public authorities while taking into account the potential of citizen involvement to catalyze and perpetuate the energy transition.

In this perspective, Brussels Environment, the administration of the Environment and Energy in the Brussels-Capital Region, will be holding a forum on June 22nd 2018 on the following question:



What governance for a low-carbon city ?


The workshops and debates will be animated by the Civic Innovation Network, a Brussels-based lab facilitating the co-creation of joint ventures and developing systemic tools for urban resilience.

The study

The Brussels Low Carbon Study (February 2017) has provided the Region with a tool and scenarios to establish its low-carbon strategy and evaluate its impact on the inhabitants and the socio-economic context of the region. Brussels now has a more detailed vision of the behavioural and technical implications of various trajectories to conduct a long-term policy in each sector.

Discover the study (only available in french).

The program

9:00Minister Fremault’s speech
 Kick-off & introduction
 Presentation Low Carbon study by Brussels Environment
 Inspiring expert panel with Q&A
12:00Collective projection: a vision for 2050
13:10Lunch & Speed networking sharing stories, experiences & learnings
14:00Open forum by themes
 Discovery walk (break)
 Roadmap design: obstacles, opportunities, partnerships & governance
16:30Sharing results and moderated group discussion

The Forum is a free event but registration is required.


Céline Fremault

Brussels Minister of Housing, Quality of Life, Environment, Energy, Assistance to People and People with Disabilities.

Olivier de Schutter

Olivier De Schutter is Professor of International Law at the Catholic University of Louvain and has been Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food at the United Nations.

Elisabeth Grosdhomme 

General Manager of Paradigmes et Cetera, a consulting firm specialized in benchmarking and foresight of public policies, author of Governing the era of Big Data and Public Service “2.0”.

Aurore Brunson

Planning Officer at the Air, Climate, Energy and Sustainable Buildings division of Brussels Environment. Aurore followed up on the low-carbon study.

Simon de Muynck

Scientific Collaborator of the ULB-IGEAT & Coordinator at the Urban Ecology Center, Simon is currently working on the Co-create Project “Phosphore”.

Iris Gommers

Iris is Coordinator for the sustainable city at the Municipality of Antwerp. She founded Stadslab2050, with the focus of experimenting and learning together.

Chiara De Angelis

Chiara is LabGov’s President and an Information Architect and UX designer. She conducts research activities in democratic innovation and urban commons.

Justyna Swat

Justyna is an Architect and Engineer. Her current work focuses on the impact of the collaborative economy on architecture and urban design.

Adrian Vickery Hill

Researcher, designer and planner, Adrian is interested in processes and tools for transversal planning. He is a co-founder of the OSMOS Network. 


When ?

Friday June 22nd 2018
from 8:30 AM to 5 PM

Where ?

Auditorium Brussels Environment
Avenue du Port 86c
1000 Brussels

Registrations for the Forum are now closed.


Discover the Brussels Low Carbon by 2050 Study here (only available in french).

Throwback on the forum

Documents from the Forum

– The Brussels Low Carbon 2050’s brochure (only available in french or dutch)

– The speakers’ presentation

– Report – Brussels low carbon

The Forum in a few pictures