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.