Wallonia: 1,5 million euro for ‘green’ municipal vehicles
The Walloon Minister for Local Authorities, Valérie De Bue (MR), will allocate 1,5 million euro to help municipalities to reduce their fleet of vehicle’s CO2 emissions. Every new vehicle weighing less than 3,5 tons will have to be electric, hybrid or CNG-powered. The minister also pushed for municipalities to share bigger and less used machinery.
“The governments, including the local authorities, have to lead the way”, explains Local Authorities Walloon Minister, Valérie De Bue (MR). “It’s essential to encourage them to gradually replace their fleet with low-emission vehicles, whether they’re electric or driving on CNG.”
The Minister points out the urgency for Belgium and Wallonia to meet the COP 21 reduction standards. Wallonia announced in 2017 that it wants to reduce the amount of diesel vehicles to a minimum by 2030.
Incentives for municipalities
Help and incentives were already put up in the past. Since 2016, 265 green cars were subsidized by the region at a rate of 20% per vehicle for a total amount of 2,68 million euro. According to the Minister, that wasn’t enough to help municipalities to develop a real green strategy.
Her project is more ambitious because it plans on subsidizing 60% of the vehicle’s price. All new cars or vans weighting less than 3,5 tons will have to be 100% electric, hybrid or CNG-powered to benefit from the incentive. Heavier vehicles will have to comply with Euro 5 norms. The government will also help with the purchase of charging points and solar panels.
Sharing to reduce costs
“A lorry can be used by different services or even different municipalities. Some costly vehicles are used very rarely”, adds Valérie De Bue. The Minister therefore pushed municipalities to develop a sharing program that will allow them to split the costs of heavier and less used machinery.
The stakes are high for Wallonia. European objectives are set to a reduction of greenhouse gases of 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2030. Transport, the only sector where emissions have increased, is responsible for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions.