In Ghent, the MuideMeulestede and Mariakerke districts will develop programmes to improve their strategy to become climate neutral.

Ghent is Belgium’s third largest city, with a rich history, a vibrant city life and a harbour. The goal for 2050 is to be fossil fuel-free and climate neutral. The city and other partners, such as Ghent University, are developing a holistic and inclusive transition strategy, and pilot projects are underway to launch and disseminate technical and social innovations. The districts of Muide-Meulestede and Mariakerke are experimenting with transition initiatives to become climate neutral and resilient neighbourhood. In Muide-Meulestede a neighbourhood heat network will be designed to heat houses in the district using RES and incorporating solar energy installations from nearby rooftops. The feasibility of this PCED project needs to be improved from a technical, spatial, economic, and social standpoint (renovation needs, district heating optimisation, organizing and include residents and key actors, district heating system and its tendering, etc.). The CN-Lab will develop and evaluate different approaches and organisation models.