On 25 October 2020, the Horizon Europe Mission on climate-neutral and smart cities organised the online workshop climate-neutral & intelligent cities for residents in Brussels. The event was co-organised with Innoviris (the Brussels regional institute for research and innovation) with the support of Stickydot, BE participation & NCP Brussels and took place both in French and in Dutch. Daniël Termont, member of the Mission on climate-neutral and smart cities and former Mayor of Ghent, was invited to present the Mission proposal.
Around 30 residents living in 11 out of the 19 local municipalities of Brussels joined the online workshop. The participants were asked to reflect on the two overarching questions:
Imagine it is 2030 and this ideal future is a reality. How is your life better?
Imagine it is 2030 and this ideal future is a reality. What are the challenges we should face in order to achieve this ideal future?
These two questions were discussed from the perspective of the five main topic areas in breakout groups, where each group discussed one of the following topic areas:
climate & energy
health & food
representation & inclusion
resources & waste
The choice of the topic areas was based upon the Mission’s objectives (as listed in the Mission mid-term report), inspired by the outcomes of previous citizens’ consultations (Pint of Science Festival – Shaping the city of Tomorrow & the Let's Prepare Brussels consultation) and in line with key priorities defined by the Brussels-Capital Regional Innovation Plan and Smart Specialization priorities. For the follow-up, it was recommended to disseminate the outcomes of the discussions to the 19 mayors of Brussels.