Ghent Climate Alliance
Working together for climate neutrality by 2050

The workshop is fully booked but you can still register for the waiting list.


Ghent is mobilising its citizens, policy makers and businesses to work together to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Through Ghent Climate Alliance, a platform for activities, debates, ideas and solutions, the city hopes to strengthen cooperation between all sectors of society. On the basis that climate change affects all of us, and everyone is a stakeholder, the city is getting people involved through two parallel processes: ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’. The former concerns the debates happening between different stakeholders to develop policy solutions to climate challenges, while the latter includes participatory and co-creative actions which help lead the ‘transition’ to climate neutrality and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. This is an opportunity to meet some of these ‘thinkers’ and ‘doers’. Get inspired by their enthusiasm, learn from their ideas and share your thoughts on themes from food and urban farming, innovative energy planning and sustainability in education and culture.  


Date: Thursday 28 November

Hours: 14.00 – 17.00

Number of participants: up to 35 participants

Connected to: EUROCITIES Environment Forum


Mode of transport: by electric boat (meeting point: De Bijloke, Bijlokekaai)

Location and end point: Herberg Macharius (Poortgebouw, Voorhoutkaai 43+)


An electric boat navigates you through the canals of Ghent to the venue of the workshop. At the birthplace of Ghent, the Macharius Abbey site, you’ll discuss themes such as sustainable food, education, culture, energy cooperative efforts and citizens participation in urban planning with smart citizens. Expect close interaction, hands-on exercises and ample opportunities to find out from smart citizens and policy makers how they organise their collaborative initiatives.  



14.00 - 15.00: transport by electric boat from Bijlokekaai to Portus Ganda
15.00 - 15.10: reception at Herberg Macharius by smart citizens from Ghent
15.10 - 15.20: Ghent Climate Alliance and Transition
Discover Smart Citizens using 'pecha kucha'
  • urban farming: Thursday Veggie Day; urban farming / food strategy
  • education: Future-ing Gent 2050 (urban gaming on climate neutrality for youngsters)
  • culture: Green Track (sustainability network, reducing the ecological footprint of the cultural sector)
  • energy: EnerGent (cooperative on energy production and distribution)
  • urban planning: citizens participation in the Sint-Amandsberg STEP-UP-project (‘Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning’)
15.20 - 16.10: The Backcasting Experience
16.10 - 16.30: Coffee break / networking moment
16.30 - 17.00:

Concluding remarks and Q & A