oPEN Lab | Project Partner

Stad Genk
City of Genk

Genk is a Belgian city located in the province of Limburg. The city has more than 66,000 inhabitants and is one of the most important industrial cities in Flanders. In the past, this was due to the presence of three coal mines and later due to its location on the E314 motorway and the Albert Canal.

Genk is a polycentric city with different neighbourhoods, residential fabrics, and target groups. There are major challenges for the spatial and social housing policies in Genk. As well as a major renovation task, which is combined with sustainability, energy, value retention, urban image quality, and poverty alleviation. An (energy) renovation is required for a significant part of the City’s housing portfolio. Being part of the Covenant of Mayors, the City is taking steps to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030. The drawing up of a long-term vision and accompanying roadmap indicates the starting point of the urban energy transition with a lot of focus on renewable energy.

Role in Project

In oPEN Lab the City of Genk contributes to the Living Lab in Genk by safeguarding the rights of the citizens of Genk, ensuring that the technical answers remain in harmony with the citizens, and facilitating between local partners within the project.