Belgium: Rooftop aquaponic operation shows how it's done

The cost-of-living crisis and the climate emergency are forcing industries to rethink their approach to their day-to-day practices.

Nestled in the heart of Brussels' urban landscape lies a green oasis, the FOODMET. As the city's largest covered market for fresh vegetables and produce, this building – co-financed by Europe – prides itself on its commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable practices.

Energy Efficiency
The crown jewel of the FOODMET is the BIGH urban farm, located on the building's rooftop. Using the building's waste heat, the farm grows vegetables and breeds fish.

Audrey Boucher, Site Manager of the BIGH Brussels aquaponic farm, explains, "We're on the roof of FOODMET, a food market with many cold rooms. These cold rooms emit heat, and we can harness this energy to heat our greenhouses and cool the water for the fish."


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