Flanders: EV charging points mandatory in building sector
As of today, March 11, a minimal number of EV charging points or preparatory works will be mandatory in the building sector for new developments, or structural renovation works to acquire an environmental permit in Flanders. The decree was issued in March last year to become active in March 2021.
For newly built non-residential buildings with more than ten parking spaces, two operational charging points are required. One in four parking spaces has to be ‘prepared’ for later installing a charging point, providing at least the basic wiring or power line ducting.
Existing non-residential buildings with more than 20 parking spaces will be forced to install at least two charging points before January 1st, 2025.
At least wiring or ducting
For newly built residential buildings with two or more parking spaces or existing ones that undergo extensive renovation, at least the basic infrastructure needs to be present. That is wiring or conduits, but the actual installation of the charging point isn’t mandatory yet.
Rules can be sharpened as the electric car fleet in Belgium expands. The Flemish government expects EVs to make out 20% of all new car sales by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
Complying with EU directive
However, with the new rules applying today, the Flemish government isn’t gearing up suddenly, being aware that charging infrastructure is crucial for people to embrace electric driving. The Flemish decree measures comply with the EU’s ‘Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) that was revised in 2018.
Currently, the EPBD is again under revision as part of the EU’s Green Deal. Apart from measures to make new and existing buildings more energy-efficient in the future, EV charging infrastructure is taken into account.
On the Commission’s energy webpages, one can read, “electro-mobility is supported by introducing minimum requirements for car parks over a certain size and other minimum infrastructure for smaller buildings.”
The Commission published its inception impact assessment on 22 February 2021. It is open for public feedback during a 4-week period. Next, there will be “a 12-week public consultation to gather views from citizens and stakeholders.”