Belgian governments agree energy and climate plan

Belgium’s various governments have struck a deal on a national energy and climate plan just in time for the 31 December deadline imposed by the European commission.  Belgium’s plan reaches the EU goal of reducing emissions by 35% by 2030.

Belgium’s various governments have now given a commitment jointly to reach a 35% cut by 2030.

At present Flanders has measures on the rails that will limit emissions by 32.6%.  The Flemish goal is a 35% reduction by 2030, but Flemish environment minister Zuhal Demir (nationalist) preaches realism. Innovation and federal assistance including a scrappage grant should make the goal attainable.

Flemish PM Jan Jambon (nationalist) says support from the federal government is fully justified: “Wallonia is a region with many forests.  In contrast Flanders possesses the second largest cluster of chemicals companies in the world.  There’s a difference.”

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