End- user

Imog stands very close to the end-user and wants to use its knowledge, tools  and experience in renewable energy production to broaden the awareness for energy saving measurements, domestic renewables an consumption of renewable energy to the general public.


IMOG (Intermunicipal Organisation for Public Health - Intergemeentelijke Maatschappij voor Openbare Gezondheid)

Kortrijksesteenweg 264

8530 Harelbeke

Liesbeth Gesquiere
+32 56 71 61 17



Imog is a intermunicipal cooperation for waste  management in the Kortrijk region for eleven municipalities. The present activities are a waste incineration with energy recovery, a sorting center for plastics and paper, a composting installation, a sorting center for bulky waste and wood, a biomass center and a landfill disposal. Imog has also a broad network of selective waste collection with selective kerbside collection, 16 civic amenity sites and 300 glasscontainers. Imog has also a tradition to use communication, sensitization and education to encourage waste prevention, to improve the first hand sorting because this is very important for the quality of secundary materials and to create a social basis for the current and future evolutions.

Activities in the energy sector

Since 1984 the waste incineration is  equiped with an installation for energy recovery. Out of the heath, steam is produced and used for production of electricity. This electricity is spread over the electricity grid. Out of 2 kg of household waste we are able to gain 1 kWh elektricity. Every year we have a production of approximately 32 million kWh. This is the consumption of electricity of 25 000 people. 47 % of this electricity production is considered as renewable energy.

The wood collected at the civic amenity sites is recycled. But there is still a part that is not recyclable. Since 2005 this non-recycable wood is used for biomass, which is used in a biomass power plant. Every year we have 30 000 tons of biomass, wich leads up to more than 41 million kWh. This is the consumption of electricity of 32 000 people.

When a landfill disposal is full, the owner is obliged to do "after care measurements" for 30 years. It's also necessary to search for a new destination. Imog has a landfill disposal that's partly full and covered and the future destination of this place is "public use". Therefore Imog placed 0,5 ha of solar panels on the covered dump. In the future, when the whole dump is full and covered, it's the purpose to place 10 ha with solar panels. This will gain green power for 4000 people.

Local North Sea SEP projects

About energy saving  there is still a big potential in Flanders because there is a lack of knowledge about energy saving measurements with the end user. In Flanders we have also the housing tradition that most of the houses have a private owner. This makes things like insulation of the roof not that easy. Communication, sensitization and education will play an important role in creating awarness about energy saving measurements and renewable energy with the inhabitants. Different target groups have to be approached to change the perception about energy use, just like it happened to waste.

Within the NSSEP-project Imog wants to increase the awarness about energy saving measurements and renewable energy of the inhabitants with different tools:
Climate Paper: Imog develops and distributes  the "Waste Newspaper" 4 times a year to  all its  inhabitants in the region (110 000 mailboxes). This "Waste Paper" can periodically be expanded with an extra "Climate Paper" about reduction in use of energy, renewable energy and climate control. This "Climate Paper" in magazine style can serve to integrate climate and energy measures in a broader attitude of sustainability as a new way of living. In this way people will face in a positive way new ideas, tips, good practices and the promotion of information sessions and training in the eco-service educational center

Energy mobile: The energy mobile will be a mobile exposition about energy saving measures and renewable energy to use on request in schools, municipalities, associations,... This energy mobile will be built on a closed trailer and is easy to use, since it can be set up in a simple and quick way and it will be transported by Imog. This will lower the threshold towards the lenders. There will be trained energy ambassadors, who can accompany the enery-mobile when necessary. Imog has a long experience with a compost mobile. This concept will serve as an example for the construction and equipment of the energy mobile.

Eco-service: Eco-service includes the development of an educational center where different target groups will take note of new techniques in reduction of the use of energy and renewable energy through training and by showing examples.

Imog wants also to approach companies. Companies grow not only by focusing on profit and revenue growth, but also by focusing on costs, such as energy, waste and other sustainability items.  By implementing an integrated scan in terms of waste, energy and climate control  in companies, it can lead to many measures which could mean a profit on environmental and economic level, including renewable energy, energy-saving measures, energy efficiency,  energy concerns and energy strategy.

Characteristics from the energy perspective

The Kortrijk region is largely urbanized and characterised by a density of SME's which provide economic prosperity for the region, but is energy-intensive. From the energy-perspective, there is a potential for improvement of the energy-efficiency of businesses and households through the development and application of knowhow and technologies by businesses, local government and the knowledge institutions. There is a limited potential for sustainable energy production within the region. There is also the housing tradition that most of the houses have a private owner. This makes energy efficiency not that easy (f.e. insulation of roofs,...)