Wanted: Experts to sit on Brussels climate committee

Wanted: Experts to sit on Brussels climate committee
Alain Maron © Belga

Brussels climate minister Alain Maron (Ecolo) has issued a call for applicants to take part in the work of a new independent expert committee to look into the climate challenges the region faces.

The planned committee of climate scientists will have the principal task of compiling an annual report evaluating the effects of the regional government’s policies on the climate in the capital in the medium and longer terms.

“This report should fuel the democratic public debate on the development of all policies that take into account climate change,” Maron said in a press release.

The Brussels parliament approved a climate law in June this year, which covers a range of policy areas, including the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases.

Successful applicants will have professional scientific experience in one of the following areas: climatology, air quality and mobility, economy and business, technology, social and behavioural aspects related to climate transition, energy, sustainable cities and town planning, and biodiversity.

Already in May this year, the environment committee of the Brussels Parliament passed its climate statute, which aims to cut greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030, and by at least 90% by 2050.

It also aims for a ban on constructing new coal-fired heating installations, and provides a legal framework for a strategy for the durable renovation of buildings.

The call for applications for places on the expert committee is published in the Official Journal and is open until 31 January.

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