Brussels Environment

Brussels Environment (IBGE-BIM)
Gulledelle 100

1200 Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Environment (IBGE-BIM) is the public administration for environment and energy of the Brussels-Capital Region.
The competencies of Brussels Environment include elaborating and implementing the regional waste prevention and waste management programme (jointly with Bruxelles Propreté, the agency in charge for collecting and processing household waste), as well as monitoring the results of prevention policies for more than a million people living in the 162 km² of the Brussels-Capital Region.

Besides tackling waste prevention, Brussels Environment studies, monitors and manages air, water, soil, noise, as well as green areas and biodiversity within the region. Moreover, the administration delivers environmental permits, controls compliance, develops and supports educational projects on environmental issues in schools, and takes part in meetings and negotiations at national and international level. Finally, Brussels Environment is active in the fields of environmental construction and linkages between health and the environment.

Since 1992, Brussels Environment launched four multi-annual waste plans, the most recent one placing a particular emphasis on reducing waste generation, with concrete reduction targets by waste flow. As a result, Brussels Environment has extensive experience in waste prevention actions in the Brussels-Capital Region involving different target groups, waste flows and means:

  • Target groups: households, schools, offices, shops, hotels, restaurants and catering, green spaces
  • Waste flows: food, paper, green waste, packaging, nappies, gadgets, textiles etc.
  • Examples of actions: fighting unnecessary purchases, decentralised composting, “stop advertisement” stickers etc.

This expertise will enable Brussels Environment to effectively manage the project’s “component 3” about the exchange of experiences dedicated to the identification and analysis of good practices. In particular, Brussels Environment will be in charge of coordinating the information collection and exchange between project partners of transferable good practices and the development of a shared methodology to help local authorities implement effective waste prevention policies.

With this aim in mind, Brussels Environment will chair regular expert group meetings involving experts from all participating territories, coordinate their inputs to draw up a good practice mapping report, and facilitate the selection of top 50 good practices among which partners will select those they wish to assess and possibly transpose to their territory. Brussels Environment will also contribute its own data on good practices and carry out a feasibility study to transfer good practices from elsewhere to its region.

Brussels Environment will also participate in the other components of the project, notably in communication activities (publication of press releases, organisation of two European conferences in Brussels, as well as provision of input for the project website and the newsletter) and the identification of waste prevention indicators.