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Challenge No 2: A sustainable Region

Smart city : how the smartcity.brussels dematerialisation solutions are helping Brussels reduce its environmental footprint and become a CO2 free city

Reducing the environmental footprint is a common goal of smart cities. Smartcity.brussels is mobilising the BRIC dematerialisation solutions to achieve this.

More and more administrations in Brussels are already helping to make the Brussels-Capital Region a smart city by adopting the BRIC’s specialised platforms to dematerialise certain services. For instance:

  • private individuals and companies can fulfil formalities on line (IRISbox one-stop-shop);
  • administrations can efficiently manage complex procedures such as town planning or environmental permits (NOVA platform);
  • municipal colleges or councils can organise meetings and exchange documents electronically (BOS platform).

Paperless administration and reduction in car journeys

The dematerialisation aspect of the smart.brussels strategy contributes towards reducing the region’s footprint by the careful use of natural and energy resources thanks to:

  • the paperless functioning of local and regional administrations in Brussels;
  • the decline in the number of kilometres travelled by avoiding car journeys (transporting documents, procedures to be carried out at local authority offices).

Our smartcity.brussels indicators:

We measure the contribution of the shared platforms introduced by the BRIC based on:

  • the low paper consumption of our administrations and governments, with the intention of saving almost 20.6 million sheets of pages by 2018 (8.4 million sheets where saved in 2013);
  • the reduction in the number of kilometres travelled by car achieved through procedures based on those platforms. Our target is an annual reduction of 105,000 km by 2018 (from a reduction of 47,500 km achieved in 2013).

Challenge No 1: a connected Region
Challenge No 3: an open Region
Challenge No 4: a safe Region
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