Flanders wants a 40% reduction in CO2 by 2030
After addressing the energy use of its own infrastructure, the Flemish government is now looking to drivers and companies to tackle their own carbon footprint
Climate Summit II
Earlier this month, the government announced plans to reduce its own energy consumption and CO2 output. The idea was for the government to make its own contribution to the changes it was asking of the rest of society.
“We want to set a good example by giving ourselves an ambitious target, linked to concrete measures in the short term,” said environment minister Joke Schauvliege. “I am calling on all of our social partners to announce their commitments in time for the second Climate Summit in December.”
The targets will be translated into three action plans, including short-term measures. One will look at cutting energy consumption in government buildings and technical infrastructure. A second cuts fuel consumption of government vehicles, with concrete plans due in the coming weeks. The third action plan, due by the end of the year will give every Flemish civil servant a role in achieving the government’s climate targets.
Photo: James Arthur Gekiere/BELGA
new wind turbines created in Flanders in 2013
million kilowattage of green energy in 2012
percentage of green energy used in Flanders in 2012