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The proposed project involves implementing a 5th generation heat network in the City of Menen, utilizing heat extracted from a sewage treatment plant to primarily heat public buildings, including schools and hospitals. This comprehensive initiative encompasses all required investments, including those for heat extraction, distribution infrastructure, and necessary adjustments to buildings to ensure connectivity to the network. By decarbonizing existing public buildings through this heat network, the project aims to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, aligning with the city's climate objectives and contributing to broader sustainability goals.



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The investment initiative focuses on leveraging the potential for photovoltaic energy production across several municipalities, including Profondeville, Assesse, Dinant, Yvoir, and Floreffe. A comprehensive diagnosis has been conducted, analyzing specific cases of private or public organizations with suitable rooftops capable of hosting photovoltaic installations with a minimum output of 100 KWp. The overarching goal is to incentivize these organizations to invest in large-scale photovoltaic installations, thereby increasing renewable energy production in the five partner municipalities. Moreover, the investment is strategically directed towards "artificial" land to minimize photovoltaic projects on agricultural land, thus mitigating competition with food production.



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Through this study, we have devised a comprehensive investment concept aimed at accelerating the energy retrofits of co-owned condominiums in Mechelen, ultimately achieving an energy label A status by 2050, as mandated. This investment strategy is built upon a blend of private and public funding sources. Private funding will primarily come from co-owners' contributions, potentially supplemented by loans from banks or the Flemish government. Additionally, financing from an Energy Service Company (ESCO) will play a crucial role in offsetting renovation costs, thereby reducing the financial burden on co-owners' associations. Public funding will be provided through the Flemish grant for residential retrofits, further easing the financial strain on condominium owners. The deep retrofitting of co-owned condominiums is poised to make a significant impact on Mechelen's climate objectives. It is estimated that this initiative could unlock investments and potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22,000 tCO2 per year by 2050.



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Schaerbeek and the 18 other municipalities in the Region have asked for the intermunicipal company that manages the gas and electricity networks -Sibelga's support to establish the D-Click Brussels IC for public buildings. D-Click focuses on global, ambitious, sustainable and exemplary renovations that reduce energy consumption by 35% to 95%, mainly for offices, schools & sports facilities. To achieve this, renovations must relate to the energy production and distribution equipment (heating, ventilation, re-lighting, renewable solutions,) and to the building envelope. A one-stop shop, RenoClick, provides shared services for auditing, engineering, contracting services & works (via a central purchasing office) or assistance in accessing financing tools like specific subsidy. By 2040, D-Click should result in investments of €1,069 million to renovate 305 buildings.The IC developed for municipalities in Brussels can undoubtedly inspire other European cities wishing to renovate their public buildings using a common facilitator.



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The proposed investment concept entails establishing a district heating network utilizing residual heat generated by the Oleon plant located at the Ter Straten industrial estate. This residual heat, deemed a sustainable heat source, will serve as the primary energy input for a heat network designed to cater to 7 major consumers. Operating at a temperature of 60°C, the heat network will fulfill a triple function. Firstly, it will provide heating for buildings within the vicinity. Secondly, it will facilitate the integration of heat into various production processes. Lastly, it will serve the purpose of preheating boiler feed water, thus optimizing energy utilization within the industrial estate.