12 May 2023

The Flemish government has announced new measures to reach its climate target of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The region has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. Their climate plan includes measures to promote renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings, and sustainable mobility, as well as efforts to reduce emissions from agriculture and industry. 

How the country plans to reduce emissions by 35% 

 Belgium has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030 as part of its climate plan. The plan focuses on promoting renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency, and reducing emissions from transport, agriculture, and buildings. The aim is to create a sustainable, low-carbon economy that benefits both the environment and society. To achieve this goal, Belgium has set specific targets for reducing emissions, increasing the share of renewable energy, and improving energy efficiency in buildings and transportation. The country is also investing in research and innovation to find new solutions to climate change challenges. 

Each of the three regions of Belgium has its own climate plan for 2030, reflecting their specific challenges and opportunities: 

  • Brussels, as the capital of the European Union, has set ambitious targets to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050. Their climate plan for 2030 includes measures to reduce emissions from transport, buildings, and energy production, as well as initiatives to promote sustainable urban development and circular economy. 
  • Flanders has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. Their climate plan includes measures to promote renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings, and sustainable mobility, as well as efforts to reduce emissions from agriculture and industry. 
  • Wallonia has set a goal to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. Their climate plan focuses on reducing emissions from the transport sector, promoting sustainable agriculture and forestry, and encouraging the transition to a circular economy. 

The Flemish government tackling climate change 

With the newly announced plan for Flanders, one notable measure includes the abolition of subsidies for gas condensing boilers, which will release 30 million euros to support renovations. In terms of renewable energy, the government has set a target of 32,056 gigawatt hours by 2030, a 12% increase from the original target set at the start of the legislature. The government also plans to build wind turbines in more places, including on “leftover land” along motorway exits. 

Challenges of moving towards renewable energy 

While the new measures have been praised for their concrete approach towards climate change, they have also faced criticism from the climate movement for falling short of Europe’s target of a 47% reduction in emissions by 2030. At the start of its reign, Flanders was going for a 32% reduction, which has been raised to 40% with the new measures. However, more ambitious policies and targets may be required to fully address the challenges of climate change in the region. 

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