Leuven, the diverse capital of the Vlaams‐Brabant province in Belgium, has a population of 98,591 and its inhabitants are made up of over 150 nationalities. Leuven has experienced rapid population growth over the last ten years, presenting the city with both opportunities and challenges in terms of urban development.
Climate Change and Energy Performance
Leuven has set ambitious emissions targets, committing to being carbon neutral by 2030. The city has adopted a strong participatory approach to its climate actions. One example of this is through collaborating with ‘Leuven Klimaatneutraal 2030’ (LKN2030), a non-profit independent organisation that brings together stakeholders from various fields, including citizens, to address climate change.
Leuven has made a concerted effort to improve sustainable transport in the city, for instance by developing its cycling infrastructure such as bicycle storage facilities. The city also promotes car sharing and has introduced car free zones in the city centre.
Water and Wastewater Management
The city has taken an innovative approach to water and wastewater management. By opening up its once covered streams, the capacity to retain flood water has increased. The city plans to continue using nature-based solutions for water management in the future, for example, through increasing the number of ‘green’ and ‘blue’ zones and encouraging the use of green roofs.