Overijse's climate action plan and citizen participation

The Context
The city council of Overijse signed the Covenant of Mayors agreement with the European commission. This marked the intention of the city to reduce its CO2 emissions with 20% by 2020.

The Challenge
Overijse wanted a participation process in order to contribute and engage citizens and companies for their climate action plan. Overijse also involved the future project managers, heads of services and city official wo will be responsible for their part of the climate action plan.

Steven Van Praet Presentation Futureproofed
Overijse action plan Futureproofed

The Trajectory
At first, Futureproofed explained the scope of the climate action plan to the aldermen. The purpose it to give perspective by highlighting new opportunities emerging from the action plan. Thereby, they were able to commit themselves to help implementing the plan, by taking advantage of their own competences.

Secondly, Futureproofed involved the citizens. All of them could give their ideas and suggestions on the projects in a structured and prioritised way, making it real and concrete.

In light of the citizen’s ideas, future project managers, together with Futureproofed, initiated a few projects that became part of the climate plan. 

Finally, Futureproofed submitted the newly born projects to the city officials. Their feedback was used to improve the efficiency of the projects… And this closed the loop.

Results and Resolutions
Within four days, Overijse has launched various new projects to turn its climate action plan into reality, while involving each inhabitant of the city. For example, the city is now on its way to establish a full mobility service (e-bikes, cycle paths, e-charging stations, greener car fleet, etc.).

Jean-Pierre Maervoet
Onze SEAP deadline naderde waardoor we op zoek waren naar ondersteuning om deze verder
te ontwikkelen. We vonden het ook heel belangrijk dat de burgers participeerden in de ontwikkeling van ons actieplan om een breder draagvlak te hebben voor het gemeentelijk klimaatplan. Samen is altijd beter!
We hebben Futureproofed gevraagd om ons te
ondersteunen in dit participatieproces. Ze hebben verschillende workshops georganiseerd met burgers, met de verschillende betrokken gemeentediensten en de resultaten besproken met het college van burgemeester en schepenen. De SEAP is klaar, het proces is uit de startblokken en er zijn al verschillende acties lopende.
— Jean-Pierre Maervoet, Milieuambtenaar Overijse

Country: Belgium
Client: City of Overijse
Sector: Public
Service: Carbon and environmental management
Year: 2015