VUB experts: ‘Belgium able to meet climate goals in 2050’
Belgium will be able to meet the climate goals in 2050. That is what Willy Baeyens and Hubert Rahier, both professors at the Brussels University VUB say. In the blog ‘Belgium climate-neutral’, they plead for a sustainable energy plan.
“We have a strong need for an ambitious transition plan of the government, but also citizens, energy producers, and other companies should actively opt for green energy,” the professors say. “That is why clear information about the energy transition should be accessible for anybody. Realizing climate-neutrality by 2050 is a shared process. All actors should contribute.”
According to the professors, a transition to green energy is necessary, with a maximum of solar panels and boilers on rooftops, and wind farms at sea. Belgium needs 289 TWh (terawatt hour) per year of renewable energy While the actual production is only 16,4 TWh per year or not even 10%.
“By producing an additional 15% every year, and by saving energy where we possibly can, we can meet our production target in 2040,” Rahier and Baeyens say. This also means we have to invest in the storage of energy.
“By focusing on the storage of energy (from nuclear plants and wind farms and solar panels), our knowledge will improve. The knowledge we need so badly to realize the transition to green and sustainable energy.”
Also, the exchange of energy with other countries will be necessary, according to the professors. “This way, we can meet supply and demand.” Furthermore, our energy consumption has to go down by better insulation of houses and buildings, among others.
And, last but not least, we have to switch to electric transport, and we have to keep on investing in scientific research, like in the storage of hydrogen and methane, for instance, which still is very expensive and difficult.