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Challenges of the region in terms of environment

A National Climate Plan was introduced based on a cooperation agreement between the federal and regional authorities after Belgium signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1998. One of the commitments made by the Brussels-Capital Region under this plan is reducing carbon emissions.

Many factors impact the state of the environment in the Brussels-Capital Region, including the number of inhabitants, the number of people in work, how they get around, the type of businesses, the built-up area and the amount of green space.

The following pages contain information on energy, waste management, water quality, air quality, storm water basins and the relationship between health and living conditions.

Following the sixth Sate reform, animal welfare (FR/NL)External link has become a regional competence managed by Bruxelles Environnement.

Brussels, sustainable city

Sustainable development (FR/NL)External link is an environmentally friendly form of economic and social development that meets the needs of today without compromising the capacity of future generations to meet theirs.

The Brussels-Capital Region’s sustainable development policy (FR/NL) External linkis based on various pieces of very specific legislation relating to development, urban planning, mobility and the environment.

Info Bruit, the Brussels-Capital Region portal site on noise

In a city with over a million inhabitants, economic activities and transport are major sources of noise pollution. The challenge is to create harmony between a dynamic city and a healthy sound environment.

The portal site Info Bruit (FR/NL) allows you to:

  • gain more insight into the various sources of noise pollution
  • identify the stakeholders
  • report noise nuisance
  • know the procedures to be followed in case of persistent problems
  • request noise management measures, where permitted by law.

The portal site also offers tips and advice on protecting yourself from noise pollution and on making less noise.

Air pollution is felt to be one of the most worrying environmental issues by the majority of Brussels inhabitants. They seem to be ready to ensure that the authorities adopt a number of even more restrictive measures.

(Source: Bruxelles Environnement)


Every year Bruxelles Environnement throws a big party for the environment, attended by all institutions involved in environmental policy in the Brussels-Capital Region, mixing hard information with fun and entertainment.