Flanders meets European climate target, Brussels and Wallonia do not

Energy Minister Zuhal Demir reports that Flanders is meeting the European climate target for the year 2020. As the only one the minister's office emphasizes, because Brussels and Wallonia have missed the target.
By Thomas Voets - Jun 14, 2022
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Energy Minister Zuhal Demir reports that Flanders is meeting the European climate target for the year 2020. As the only one the minister's office emphasizes, because Brussels and Wallonia have missed the target.

At issue is the target for the calendar year 2020, which was exceeded by over 9 percent by Flanders, while Brussels missed the target by 25 percent and Wallonia by 10 percent.

Touting

Because Flanders 'overperformed', the target was just met at the Belgian level.'Flanders will not be talked into not being ambitious when it comes to climate and energy,' said Minister Demir. These figures show that we want to achieve results first and foremost, and that demanding sufficient effort from industry is indispensable. We are therefore continuing to work hard to accelerate where possible in the roll-out of renewable energy and the reduction of our gas dependence on Russia.'

Industry

Two-thirds of the required energy savings were provided by industry. Energy-intensive companies voluntarily entered into an agreement with the government in which they committed to making additional efforts on energy efficiency, over and above what is legally required. A quarter of the results came from insulation measures, such as roof insulation, glazing and other interventions in buildings. The kilometer levy for trucks also contributes to the good figures.

47.75 million kilowatt hours

By 2020, according to the European energy efficiency directive, Flanders had to achieve energy savings of 47.75 million megawatt hours. Over the period 2014-2020, Flanders realized energy savings of 52.2 million megawatt-hours, which roughly corresponds to the energy consumption of all Flemish households in 2020.

Source: Solarmagazine.nl, 2 mei 2022

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Flanders meets European climate target, Brussels and Wallonia do not