Belgian energy-intensive industry emissions down by 10.5%

CO2 emissions from major industries and aviation in Belgium fell by more than ten percent last year, the largest drop since the financial crisis. The figure is measured in CO2 equivalents, which convert the impact of all greenhouse gases together into the impact of CO2. The decrease was even more pronounced at the European level, at 15.5 percent.

The large, energy-intensive companies in Belgium– major cement and steel producers, chemical plants, refineries, power stations, and airlines for intra-European flights – emitted 4.26 million tons of greenhouse gases less last year than a year earlier, a decrease of 10.5 percent. 

Malaise in the industry

The decline is mainly due to the industry’s malaise. Due to high energy prices and weak demand, many industrial companies scaled back production. In addition, the industry has started producing more energy efficiently.

While production in the chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceutical sectors increased by 77 percent since 2004, greenhouse gas emissions remained stable.

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