In order to prevent the global temperature from increasing by more than two degrees Celsius, developed countries should reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to 80 to 95 percent below the levels seen in 1990 by the year 2050.
The European Union has already committed to reducing greenhouse gases by 20 percent by 2020 and generate a fifth of its energy from sustainable sources. If the European Union is prepared to reduce its emissions by 30 percent, it will be on the road to reaching the goal of 80 to 95 percent by 2050.
The city of Ghent has decided to take a different approach by looking to promote economic sites that are energy efficient, easy to access, and carefully manage natural resources and increasingly scarce space.
Among other things, these goals fit in with the local climate plan developed by the city in 2008 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in 2020. This plan is made up of 105 actions to achieve a climate-neutral city by 2050.
The city of Ghent is currently preparing a new climate plan. In order to achieve this objective, they have also developed a meter of sustainability for economic spaces that has become a pilot program for Europe to follow.
The guide and sustainability meter for the development of new economic spaces is now available at http://www.ace-low-carbon-economy.eu/files/Case%20Studies/20140701_PU_sustainability_meter_economic_sites_2_0.pdf.