On Friday afternoon, the Luxembourg Province will sign the Tepos (Territoire à energy positive, Positive Energy Territory) during the provincial council meeting. This means it has committed to becoming energy neutral by 2050. It is the first Walloon province to sign the TEPOS. By signing Tepos, the Luxembourg province has committed a little more to energy transition. “The goal is to launch a dynamic”, announced Thérèse Mahy, provincial deputy in charge of sustainable development. She said this during a press conference Friday morning.
The province plays a federator role by committing the different powers, and citizens. To do this, it will work in four ways: help to communes, big territorial projects, mobilization of all parties involved, and internal Luxembourg province actions.
Two projects for 2015 have already been talked about. They are a project to teach citizens to insulate, and a citizen climate Parliament. “This Parliament will be made up of citizens from companies, schools, associations. The aim is to teach citizens and go back to basics”, explains Thérèse Mahy.
Tepos.be is the Belgian branch of the European Rurener network (Réseau des Communes Rurales Engagés à atteindre la Neutralité Energétique, Network of Rural Communes for Energy Neutrality). Picardie in Wallonia is also expected to sign Tepos. In Flanders, only Limburg has already signed it.