Partners Cities: Brussels

Brussels is represented in the CITEAIR project by IBGE-BIM, the organization which is responsible for the environment and energy in Brussels.

Who are we?

The Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment, or IBGE-BIM, is the environmental and energy watchdog of the Brussels Capital Region. Since 1989, the Belgian regions have had authority over such important matters as the economy, employment, public works, transport, urban planning and the environment.

IBGE-BIM was created in 1989 by the Royal Decree of 8 March 1989 to be the spokesman of the people of Brussels for everything relating to their living environment.

IBGE-BIM acts, from the regulatory standpoint, as a research, planning, advisory and information body, as well as an issuer of permits, and a surveillance and control agency. From the sectoral standpoint, it has authority in the areas of waste, air quality, noise, parks and forests, water, soil and energy.

Our principles for action

  • Transparency is achieved by making information widely available during awareness campaigns, the organisation of exhibitions and the publication of numerous brochures.
  • Proximity to the citizens is paramount. They are able to gather information by calling the Info-environment service on 02/775.75.75 or by visiting the Info-stand at the Halles Saint-Géry.
  • Transversality is promoted by avoiding compartmentalisation and by the use of various techniques and disciplines to analyse the many facets of a situation and offer tailored solutions.
  • Partnerships are created with companies, associations, other administrations or regions and above all with the Brussels inhabitants themselves.

Our statutory duties

The basic duties of IBGE-BIM, spelled out in the Royal Decree, include:

  • to examine the application and transposition of European Union environmental rules;
  • to assist the local authorities in environmental matters (development plans, audits, opinions, etc.);
  • submittal of opinions in relation to the granting of operating permits;
  • control and surveillance of air, water and soil pollution, excessive noise and waste removal;
  • the drawing up, supervision and organisation of waste plans;
  • the promotion of recycling and reuse of waste;
  • protection and conservation of nature and the surveillance of flora, fauna and natural resources;
  • management of parks and forests;
  • management of natural and semi-natural sites.

With the change in administrative structures in the Brussels Capital Region and regulations, IBGE-BIM`s duties have evolved and today include the following, among others:

  • drafting of the biennial report on the state of the environment in the Brussels Capital Region;
  • ex oficio participation in all the consultation committees in matters concerning urban planning procedures and environmental permits;
  • issuing of class IA and IB environmental permits for public law applicants in the case of public utilities;
  • the drafting of preliminary specifications for impact studies and the chairing of support committees that handle study follow-ups;
  • control and enforcement of environmental legislation (environment police) in particular laws governing environmental permits;
  • creation of an environmental information service;
  • the creation of an Environmental Research Laboratory (ERL) with the main task of measuring air quality in Brussels and carrying out awareness campaigns;
  • the creation of a noise laboratory under the ERL;
  • taking charge of the management of more than 340 hectares of parks and forests and the 1,640 hectares of the Soignes Forest;
  • the setting up of a taxation department to collect levies on industrial wastewater.

In the field of energy, IBGE-BIM’s authority include the following:

  • transmission and local distribution of electricity via a grid whose nominal voltage is less than or equal to 70.000 volts;
  • the public distribution of natural gas;
  • heating distribution networks;
  • new energy sources, excepting nuclear energy;
  • energy recovery;
  • the rational use of energy;
  • regulation of the gas and electricity markets.


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