Leuven is fully committed to a sustainable policy, so that the city is not only pleasant for the current residents and visitors, but that it also remains liveable for our children and grandchildren. The city of Leuven’s objective is to achieve complete climate neutrality by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, targets were set for 2025 and 2035. The actions, in which the whole community is involved, focus on the renovation of old and new buildings, more sustainable consumption, green mobility, etc.
In the city, you can experience this sustainability in the following places:
- Restaurants and shops gladly support local organisations or businesses, preferring them to large suppliers. They are providing more and more veggie and vegan options.
Discover where you can eat sustainably
- Throughout the city, you will come across dozens of green spots where you can relax in nature.
Discover the green spots
- The city is also known for its large number of heritage buildings. Leuven’s heritage is intrinsically sustainable; it’s about the lifespan of materials and how they are reused. This includes the Town Hall, the University Hall, the Botanical Garden, Hal 5, Arenberg, Park Abbey
- Artists are also concerned about the climate. Leuven is home to several remarkable sustainable works of art: sustainable street art painted with air-purifying paint, a ‘waiting wall’ made of recycled plastic, a vertical garden made of PET bottles, etc.
- In 2018, Leuven was proclaimed ‘European Green Leaf 2018’. A European Commission jury uses this award to reward cities for their efforts on sustainability and quality of life. You’ll find the Green Leaf artwork in the Sluispark.
Leuven local Helene even wrote a blog about it.
Discover her 9 sustainable hotspots.