Europe: ‘Belgium will not meet 2020 and 2030 climate targets’
According to a report from the European Commission, Belgium is one of the five countries that will not manage to meet the 2020 and 2030 emission reduction targets from the 2015 Paris Climate Summit (COP21). The 28 members signed an agreement for a 40% reduction (compared to 1990) by 2030. If Belgium continues this way, it will exceed the 2030 target by 21%.
The European Commission sounds the alarm: five countries will not reach the 2030 target if they continue this way. Belgium, along with Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and Finland will not manage to reduce their emissions by 40% in 2030. If those countries continue that way, even the 2020 target won’t be met.
Back in 2015, the twenty-eight State members of the European union – along with the major part of the world – signed an agreement aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in 2030 compared to 1990. They’ve also set objectives in terms of renewable energy (32% in 2030) and energy efficiency (32,5% in 2030). “If decisions are integrally put in place, we should end up with an emission reduction of 45% in 2030 for the European Union”, estimated the Commission.
According to climate experts, those decisions are still thin compared to what should be done to meet the Paris Agreement target and maintain the global temperature rise below 2°C. Still, Europe appears to be on par for the 2020 emission reduction of 20% thanks to a global emission reduction of 22% in 2017.
Belgium: exceeding the target
The European Commission lashes Belgium in its latest report. It points out that in 2017 the country’s emissions have increased by 0,6% compared to the previous year. In 2016, Belgium already exceeded the yearly quota. “If existing measures are continued, Belgium’s emissions will be exceeding the target with 21%”, explains the Commission. During the period between 2013 and 2016, the country went from quota surplus of 16% to a deficit of 21%.
“Within the European half-year framework, it has been recommended that Belgium invests in existing or new transport infrastructure and strengthens incentives to use public and low emission transports”, adds the EU institution. Recommendations still concern an environment tax, Belgium’s preferential tax regime for company cars and road transport in general.