Belgium seriously flunked for climate plans
Not even one of the climate plans of the 28 member states of the European Union will help to make their country carbon-neutral by 2050. That is the conclusion of the European Climate Foundation. The average score is 28,9%. Spain is the best with 52,4%, followed by France (46,9%), Greece (44,2%) and Sweden (42,8%). Belgium sits on the 14th place with 29,3%.
“The score is based on the ambition, the detailed elaboration of the policy, and the quality and inclusiveness of the plan,” explained the association for a better environment (Bond Beter Leefmilieu, BBL) on Thursday in a press release.
According to the Flemish environment organization, the Belgian level of ambition is far too low, and the measures to be taken are vague and intransparent, lacking perspective about necessary investments and funding.
Unlike our neighboring countries, Belgium does not support the increase to the 55% CO2 emissions reduction by 2030 the European Union proposed as a target to limit global warming to 1,5 degrees.
The results of the report are in line with the analysis made by BBL. Belgium aims at a renewable energy share of 18,3% by 2030, which means a deceleration instead of an acceleration of renewable energy’s growth. The same goes for energy savings.
LaurienSpruyt of BBL is talking about a “shameful” report. “Belgium’s climate plan is insufficient to meet the 2030 climate goals. Even after months of climate protest marches, our country is further lagging behind.”
At the bottom of the class are Bulgary (14,6%), Germany and Slovakia (12,5%) and Slovenia (3,2%).
Deadline: end of 2019
In June the European Commission will present its judgment and recommendations for the national climate plans. Then the member states will have until the end of the year to revise their plan.