New Brussels code promotes integrated environmental management

On 2 May 2013, the Brussels Capital Region Parliament adopted the Brussels Code on Air, Climate and Energy Management. It was published in the Belgian State Gazette on 21 May 2013 and partially entered into force on 31 May 2013. The code is an innovative instrument that takes an integrated approach to air, climate and energy management in the Brussels Capital Region.

The objective of the code is twofold. On the one hand, it aims to provide an integrated approach to air, climate and energy management in the Brussels Capital Region. However, it is more than a mere codification of existing Brussels ordinances on air, climate and energy management.

It also implements a number of recently adopted EU directives falling within the ambit of the code (e.g. Directive 2010/31/EC on the energy performance of buildings and the new rules on greenhouse gas emission allowances provided in Directive 2009/29/EC)…

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