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Joining the Covenant of Mayors: A logical next step
For the municipality of Viroinval, from the Belgian region of Wallonia, becoming part of the Covenant of Mayors community was a logical next move, providing a framework to the already very ambitious sustainable energy measures and actions carried out within its territory.

The municipality is the third in the region to join the movement, following a unanimous decision from the Municipal Council taken on January 31. Viroinval is already well prepared to fulfil its Covenant of Mayors commitments and submit its Sustainable Energy Action Plan within a one year timeframe, given the wide-ranging initiatives already carried out in the field. Some key actions include the setting up of solar panels in the municipality’s machine room, installation of a pellet boiler in the local retirement house, creation of an “Energy Desk”, municipal grants for solar panels installation and energy audits and the display of an information panel on solar energy on the Nismes landmark bridge.

Beyond the energy savings and avoided CO2 emissions, the municipality expects to reap considerable economic benefits as a result of this new commitment. The proposal to join the Covenant of Mayors was initiated by Michel Lebrun, Member of the Committee of the Regions and Municipal Councillor from Viroinval.

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