In January 2015, Ghent will launch a new Climate Plan 2014–2019, which will guide the city towards climate neutrality by 2050. To reach this target, the city will work with its citizens, companies and organisations through innovative approaches.
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An integrated package of measures (premiums, cheap loans, building advice) is available for citizens, as the city wants to double the amount of energy efficient renovations in the residential sector. Special guidance is provided for disadvantaged households.
The city launched a project to guide companies on energy management; so to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy production within enterprises. Two ESCO projects have been planned to reduce energy consumption in public buildings owned by the city. The amount of locally produced renewable energy should be doubled by 2019 by lifting barriers and facilitating citizens and companies.
Through a new mobility plan the city aims to be trendsetter in sustainable mobility. And as a last pillar, the city wants to promote a local, sustainable food system.