About Leuven 2030

Leuven 2030 is one of the driving forces towards a climate neutral Leuven in 2030. Because we believe that, as an innovative, value-driven city, Leuven has a responsibility to play a pioneering role in Europe. Because we want to seize the opportunities that the path towards a sustainable future entails. And because we are convinced that it is essential for a Leuven where life is and continues to be good. For everyone.

With and for all of Leuven

Since our non-profit organisation was established at the end of 2013, we have brought together all kinds of partners in small and large-scale actions and projects that bring us closer to that goal and prepare us for an accelerated transition. We do this for and with everyone in our city: inhabitants, organisations, businesses and authorities. The more than 600 members who support us come from all corners of Leuven society and our direction is jointly determined by the Board which is made up of 18 delegates who have been explicitly chosen to represent the whole of society.

Become a member

Join more than 600 progressive and determined inhabitants, organisations and businesses in supporting a climate neutral future for Leuven.

Farida Tierens

De Lijn

stad Leuven

KU Leuven

Oud-Heverlee Leuven

Simon Sterck

EcoWerf

Hogeschool UCLL

Voka Vlaams-Brabant

Jan Hautekiet

30CC

imec

Sweco

Mobiel 21

STUK Kunstencentrum

Fluvius

KBC

Buurtwerk 't Lampeke

Want to know more about what it means to become a member? And what you get in return? You read all about it here.

Why OUr members are so important

Our milestones over the past years

April 2022

Europe selects Leuven as pioneering climate city

Inspired by the Apollo 11 mission to land a man on the moon, Europe chose to use mission-based innovation to provide concrete solutions to one of the world's greatest challenges: climate change. Leuven is one of the 100 cities chosen by the European Commission for the mission '100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030'. With this mission, Europe supports the selected cities with expertise and (financial) resources in their journey towards climate neutrality by 2030.  

March 2022

Launched: Leuven 2030 Urban Lab

On March 23rd the Leuven 2030 Urban Lab saw the light. With the Leuven 2030 Urban Lab we want to further strengthen the collaboration between KU Leuven, UCLL, imec, city of Leuven and Leuven 2030 on sustainability issues and involve the knowledge institutions more closely in Leuven 2030.

The Leuven 2030 Urban Lab wants to use the city and region of Leuven as living laboratories. Laboratories where the synergy between education, research and social engagement is used to tackle urban sustainability challenges. The Urban Lab acts as a forum for building, exchanging and sharing knowledge between the various partners.

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Get to know our organisation

Every day the Leuven 2030 team works towards making Leuven a city with fewer emissions and a better future. In doing so it supports a group of programme managers who translate the Roadmap into impact in the city. And then there's the Board which is elected every four years. 

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Frequently asked questions

The following questions are sometimes asked. If you have those questions too, you will find an answer here.

Is Leuven 2030 part of the city of Leuven?

No, we are a separate non-profit organisation, by and for everyone in our city. This is also reflected in the way our non-profit organisation is organised. We are a membership organisation with six different membership categories: citizens, civil society organisations, businesses, knowledge institutions, authorities and semi-public authorities. Each category has exactly the same number of votes at the general meeting and is represented on the Board by the same number of directors.

This does not mean, of course, that we don't often and gladly cooperate with the city of Leuven. On the contrary. Leuven 2030 has its roots in the city's outspoken ambition to become climate neutral. The city of Leuven is a founding member, took on the chairmanship for the first 4 years, provides a significant part of our funding and is an essential partner for us and the Leuven transition.

But we are an organisation in our own right. With room for everyone in the city, and the freedom to challenge and explore new paths.

Is it Leuven 2030 or Leuven 2050?

Our Roadmap for a climate neutral Leuven works towards 2050, whereas our name has the year 2030? Yes, that's right. 

KU Leuven's scientific report from 2013, which forms the basis of our Roadmap, stated from the outset that 2050 was the target year for Leuven's net zero emissions. To do so, we need to drastically reduce our emissions by then. To have a realistic chance of reaching that goal, the plan also strongly suggests firmly scaling back our emissions by 2030. After all, the sooner we reduce our emissions, the less we contribute to global warming in the meantime.

That's soon. To avoid the idea that we still have plenty of time and to maintain a sense of urgency, we therefore - after much debate - deliberately put 2030 in our name.

In April 2022, we were selected by the European Commission as a pioneering city for the mission '100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030'. With this mission, Europe wants to support a number of cities with expertise and financial resources to already strive for climate neutrality in 2030 and to use the experience thus gained to help all other European cities to become climate-neutral by 2050. Since that selection, we have further underpinned the Roadmap with a financial plan and an adapted step-by-step plan to accelerate its implementation.

Do you have any other questions? Let us know.