Flanders: ‘More than twice as many trajectory speed controls by end 2023’

September 25, 2023

The number of average speed controls on Flemish roads is increasing rapidly. Newspaper De Tijd reports that, according to a survey by Het Laatste Nieuws and news channel VTM, 159 trajectory speed checks are operational today. By the end of the year, this number will more than double to 349. Average or trajectory speed checks […]

Modal Shift Coalition pleads for sustainable mobility in Antwerp

September 25, 2023

Twenty-six Antwerp action groups have joined forces and launched an election memorandum on Friday about mobility in the province of Antwerp. The memorandum calls for a “catch-up” effort, including “substantial investments” in public transport and pedestrian and cycling facilities. According to the activists, the promised “modal shift” to at least 50% of journeys that must […]

Giga Storage to build Europe’s largest battery farm in Belgium

September 22, 2023

Limburg-based Giga Storage Belgium will construct a large-scale battery farm in Ophoven (Kinrooi). With a 300 megawatt capacity, it will be the largest battery farm in Europe, capable of providing 165 000 families with electricity for four hours. Large storage capacity with batteries is essential to absorb fluctuations in supply and demand in the electricity […]

Fluxys establishes Belgian CO2 network operator ‘Fluxys c-grid’

September 21, 2023

Gas network operator Fluxys Belgium, Pipelink, Socofe, and the Federal Participation and Investment Company (SFPIM) join forces to create ‘Fluxys c-grid’, a CO2 network operator that must support the industry “in its transition efforts toward a low CO2 emission future”. Pipelink is a subsidiary of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, and Socofe is the investment vehicle […]

GreenStudent: ‘affordable e-car sharing for Belgian students’

September 21, 2023

GreenMobility, the Antwerp-based platform for shared e-cars, wants to make car sharing affordable and sustainable for students. With the special GreenStudent subscription, they can now travel cheaply all year round with a minimal ecological footprint. The GreenStudent subscription gives students access to 100% electric cars at any time of the day. They receive a 10% […]

Greenpeace: ‘Europe invested 66% more in roads than rail last 30 years’

September 20, 2023

Since 1995, European countries have invested 66% more in highways than rail connections. “We spend more money on means of transport that emit the most greenhouse gases,” says Joeri Thijs, spokesperson for Greenpeace. Greenpeace Central en Eastern Europe requested a study by the Wuppertal Institute and think tank T3 Transportation. That study revealed that over […]

Schiphol to build Netherlands’ largest EV-ready car rental facility

September 19, 2023

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has started the construction of a brand-new Car Rental Service Center. It will be the Netherlands’ largest car rental company facility, accommodating about 2 500 vehicles and able to charge some 300 EVs simultaneously. The building is expected to be finished by the end of 2024. Schiphol is transforming the former P4 […]

VBO-FEB pleads for more efficiency as traffic jams cost €4,8 billion

September 19, 2023

In 2022, traffic congestion cost the Belgian economy 4,8 billion euros due to lost time, extra fuel consumption, and higher emissions of CO2 and harmful gases. The Federation of Belgian Enterprises (VBO- FEB) reports this based on Stabel and the Federal Planning Bureau data. Mobility has changed in recent years. Teleworking has taken hold, especially […]

Acerta: ‘One in six Belgian employees gets bicycle allowance’

September 18, 2023

Today, 1,62% of Belgian employees has a leased bike to commute. That is one-quarter more than last year (1,29%) and more than ever. The figures come from HR service provider Acerta and are based on a survey among 320 000 employees working in 37 000 private sector companies. The reason for this extensive study was […]

Stellantis’ Leasys offcially entering Belgian market

September 15, 2023

Leasys, the 50/50 joint venture between multinational automotive company Stellantis and the French Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance, is a multi-brand leasing company operational in eleven European countries. This week, Leasys Belgium was officially presented. The new company intends to take advantage of the changes in the market and maximize its presence. According to the press […]

SD Worx study: ‘Long commute is no reason to change jobs’

September 14, 2023

According to a study by HR service provider SD Worx among 1 000 working Belgians, commuting is not a reason to change employers. However, some people have a very long morning and evening commute. Those who live in East Flanders spend the longest time commuting (daily average of 59 minutes), followed by those living in […]

Belgian rail removed 220 000 m2 of graffiti from trains

September 13, 2023

In 2022, Belgium’s national railway company NMBS/SNCB had to remove 218 600 square meters of graffiti from trains, noticeably more than in previous years. The cost of the entire cleaning operation was 6,8 million euros. It was the first time the ‘unwanted art’ exceeded a 200 000-square-meter surface. In 2021, NMBS/SNCB removed 175 800 square […]

MEPs agree to boost EU’s renewable energy target to 42,5% by 2030

September 13, 2023

On Tuesday, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) updated the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) to raise the share of renewables in the EU’s final energy consumption to 42,5% by 2030. Member states should strive to achieve 45%. The legislation will also speed up procedures to grant permits for new renewable energy power plants, such […]

Peeters determined to break up car inspection center monopoly

September 12, 2023

Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) will break up the monopoly of car inspection centers in Flanders. In the future, drivers will be allowed to have repairs for certain minor defects carried out by their own garages without having to present themselves again for the technical inspection afterward. In concrete terms, the current centers […]

Mozilla Foundation warns: ‘Carmakers even collect info about your sex life’

September 11, 2023

A recent Mozilla Foundation study reveals some shocking facts, and 25 car manufacturers deserve the ‘Privacy Not Included’ warning label in the United States. According to the study, cars have become data-gobbling machines that watch, listen, and collect information about what you do and where you go. While we worry that our connected doorbells or […]

Lucien expands with Fietsen King’s Danish cargo bikes

September 08, 2023

Lucien, the bicycle shop chain under the wings of Belgian’s most significant car importer D’Ieteren, is expanding its territory again with the recent acquisition of ‘Fietsen King’ in Louvain. It will be the 17th Lucien shop. Until now, D’Ieteren’s bicycle subsidiary was mainly active in and around Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent. Later this year, the […]

Lloyd’s: ‘Third of global ports flooded by 2050 without further action’

September 08, 2023

The Global Maritime Trends 2050 Report, commissioned by Lloyd’s Register, revealed that some of the world’s largest ports could become unusable due to rising sea levels. According to the study, efforts to decarbonize the maritime shipping sector and introduce new technologies will be crucial. Weather-related disruptions are already impacting ports across the globe. These include […]

Europe’s largest solar mirror platform commissioned in Turnhout

September 07, 2023

On Wednesday, Avery Dennison, a leading global packaging and materials manufacturer, commissioned Europe’s largest Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) platform and thermal storage unit at its production plant in Turnhout, Belgium. The project collaborates with Limburg-based Azteq, an organization that builds, develops, and maintains CST facilities. The renewable energy project contains a CST platform with 2 […]

Flanders allocates €2 million for ‘smart charging solutions’

September 07, 2023

Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works Lydia Peeters (Open VLD) has launched a call for innovative pilot projects on charging infrastructure. She allocates two million euros for this. The call focuses on exploratory and innovative pilot projects of a limited scale that can be scaled up afterward: mobile charging systems, private shared charging systems, […]

New night train connection between Brussels and Berlin from December

September 06, 2023

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn and the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB will launch a new night train connection from Berlin and Vienna to Paris and Brussels in December. Öbb’s ‘Nightjet’ already connects the Austrian capital Vienna with Brussels. The company intends to launch a nighttime connection between Brussels and the German capital Berlin in December. […]

ALD/LeasePlan Belgium and Moovee launch B2B car sharing

September 05, 2023

ALD Automotive/LeasePlan introduces B2B car sharing in Belgium with Moovee, specializing in shared mobility. This way, the European leader wants to offer companies affordable, flexible, and green transport solutions for their employees. Cars are stationary 95% of the time. So, sharing a car is a sustainable way to optimize car use. The leasing company offers […]

Flanders makes GPS use mandatory part of practical driving exam

September 05, 2023

Driving according to the guidelines of a GPS will become a mandatory part of the practical driving test as of October 1st. So, candidate drivers will not only have to prove they can complete a course by following the traffic signs but also according to the instructions of a navigation device. Drivers need to be […]

Work on a narrowed Brussels’ Avenue Van Praet starts today

September 04, 2023

This Monday, one of the biggest projects of this legislature is officially starting: the two-way layout of Avenue Van Praet, the northern gateway to the Belgian capital. The companies along the canal fear the worst. “Having a single entry lane to Brussels instead of three is impossible,” they say. The road works come on top […]

McLaren Applied acquires bust Dutch VanMoof e-bikes

September 01, 2023

On Thursday, the British e-scooter manufacturer Lavoie, backed by Formula 1 supplier McLaren Applied, announced that it will acquire the recently bankrupt VanMoof e-bike business. Lavoie intends to combine and integrate their capabilities “to create a next-generation e-mobility business and establish a world-leading premium e-mobility offering”. The move is part of Lavoie’s global growth strategy […]

Louvain’s ecozone for parcels is big success with 88% CO2 reduction

August 31, 2023

The so-called ‘ecozone’ introduced in Louvain in 2022 is a success and will be expanded. Since its introduction, parcels, newspapers, and letters have been delivered emission-free, reducing CO2 emissions by 88% per parcel compared to 2018. The ecozone in Louvain officially started in April 2022 as an initiative of the city and the Belgian Post […]

Belgian first: schools launch ‘charging station installer’ training

August 30, 2023

All thirteen Provincial Education Flanders secondary technical schools will launch the training ‘charging station installer’ on the first of September. A Flanders’ first. Some manufacturers will support them. “Training will be the biggest challenge in the sector.” Flanders faces a significant energy transition, and we need a faster rollout of charging infrastructure in Flanders. There’s […]

De Croo: ‘Belgian car assembly sector is stronger than ever’

August 30, 2023

On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open Vld) visited Volvo Car Gent. He saw the training center, was given a tour of the paint shop, and finally took a test drive in a fully electric Volvo. After the visit, he said he was impressed. “Ten years ago, we wondered whether we would still […]

Resistance grows now almost all of London is ultra-low-emission zone

August 29, 2023

As earlier announced, London is expanding its environmental zone. Almost all of London will become an ultra-low-emission zone (ULEZ) as of today. The measure is intended to tackle pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the air quality for residents and visitors. But not everybody is happy with the new ultra-low-emission zone because it will […]

Vias: ‘Far fewer traffic deaths on Belgian roads in 2023’

August 28, 2023

The number of road deaths in Belgium decreased by 21% in the first six months of the year compared to last year. Last year, 287 people died in traffic on Belgian roads, this year ‘only’ 227. Yet an average of nine people still die on Belgian roads every week, which remains far too many. The […]

Northvolt and EMR open EV battery recycling plant in Hamburg

August 25, 2023

Swedish lithium-ion battery manufacturer Northvolt and world-leading metal recycler EMR have built a battery recycling facility in Hamburg (Germany). The brand-new site will recycle the vast number of EV batteries that will reach their end of life. The site was officially inaugurated on August 24 by the First Mayor of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher. The 12 […]

Norway opens world’s largest floating offshore wind farm… to pump up oil

August 24, 2023

On Wednesday, Norway opened the world’s first floating wind farm explicitly built to power offshore oil and gas installations and is now supplying electricity to oil and gas fields Snorre and Gullfaks in the Norwegian North Sea – 140 km off the Norwegian coast. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway gave the symbolic green light by […]

Greenpeace: ‘Dirty Dozen oil concerns fool us about energy transition’

August 24, 2023

According to an analysis commissioned by Greenpeace, twelve of Europe’s leading fossil fuel companies are deceiving the public about their willingness to curb their climate-damaging impact by transitioning to renewable energy sources. Greenpeace calls for strict regulation of fossil fuel companies to prevent even more fossil-fuelled climate destruction. The report, titled “The Dirty Dozen: The […]

JLR’s used batteries for UK’s biggest solar energy storage system

August 23, 2023

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has partnered with Wykes Engineering Ltd., a specialist in renewable energy, to develop one of the biggest energy storage systems in the UK to harness solar and wind power using second-life Jaguar I-PACE batteries. One single Wykes Engineering BESS (Battery Energy Storage System) can store up to 2,5 MWh of energy […]

ACEA: ‘13% fewer road fatalities in EU compared to 2019’

August 22, 2023

Road fatalities in the European Union dropped by almost 13% in 2021 compared to 2019. In 2021, they decreased in 22 of the 27 EU member states. The European Union counts 45 road fatalities per million inhabitants annually, compared to 66 fatalities (per million) back in 2011. This demonstrates that clear progress has been made […]

‘Blade Runners’ destroy 387 London ULEZ cameras in four months

August 21, 2023

Since local authorities in London decided to expand the ultra-low-emission zone (ULEZ) to improve the air quality, 387 ULEZ cameras have been destroyed, obscured, or stolen between April and mid-August. The majority was vandalized in outer London, where the zone was expanded. A shadowy group called the ‘Blade Runners’ is believed to be responsible for […]

Dutch ‘deadly’ Stint executives risk life imprisonment

August 18, 2023

Five years after the accident with the Stint electric cargo cart in Oss (the Netherlands), in which four children died in a collision with a train, two company executives are accused of “marketing and selling a harmful product, which they knew was harmful”. They risk life in prison now that the Dutch court prosecutes them […]

Porthos CO2-capturing project in Rotterdam gets green light

August 17, 2023

Porthos, a project for storing carbon dioxide from industry in the port of Rotterdam, has been given the green light. The Dutch Council of State has ruled that the nitrogen released while constructing the infrastructure for CO2 storage does not significantly impact the nearby nature, contrary to what environmentalists claim. So the permits issued by […]

Vilvoorde viaduct restoration starts for next eight years

August 16, 2023

On Wednesday, the renovation works on the viaduct in Vilvoorde started. The restoration will take eight years, as announced in March, and the heaviest traffic disruption is expected between 2027 and 2031. The cost is estimated at over 500 million euros. The Viaduct Zeekanaal Brussel-Schelde, as the bridge is officially called, is one of the […]

Amterdam installs ‘noise trap cameras’ to catch boisterous motorbikes

August 15, 2023

The city of Amsterdam has had enough of noisy cars and motorbikes and is taking measures to fight the noise nuisance. The city will introduce an experiment and install noise displays in particular spots in the city center. Later this month, sound meters and noise speed cameras will be added, and finally, noisemakers will be […]

Gezinsbond proposes children traveling for free instead of train discount card

August 11, 2023

The Belgian Rail’s discount card for large families will disappear permanently in 2025. That is why the Gezinsbond, a non-profit organization that defends the interests of families, launches a new proposal allowing parents to take their children on the train for free as long as they live at home. After all, the train is an […]

Ineos to invest €10 million in Antwerp hydrogen boiler

August 10, 2023

The British chemical company Ineos wants to invest 10 million euros in a hydrogen boiler. The boiler will be located at Ineos’ subsidiary Inovyn in the port of Antwerp and will produce steam using its own surplus of hydrogen. This way, the company can avoid losing energy. To make the Antwerp chemical cluster more sustainable, […]

Copernicus: ‘July 2023 warmest month ever in human history’

August 09, 2023

According to European observation program Copernicus figures, last July was the warmest month ever recorded in human history. Last month, those measurements were 0,33 degrees Celsius higher than the warmest month ever recorded so far, July 2019, with an average temperature of 16,63 degrees. July was the hottest month and the month with the highest […]

Used car prices in Europe slightly lower in July

August 08, 2023

In July, prices of second-hand cars in Europe fell slightly. According to the Auto1 Group Price Index, the European report on used car prices, the prices in July 2023 were 13,6% lower than in July 2022 but still 25,6% higher than before the corona pandemic in July 2019. One year ago, In July 2022, the […]

Traxio reports drop in new speed pedelec registrations

August 07, 2023

Sales figures of new speed pedelecs fell sharply in July by 17,4% to 1 362 units or 287 fewer than in July 2022. As a result, the cumulative annual total over the first seven months is 0,9% below the figure from last year. The figures come from the mobility federation Traxio. One of the explanations […]

Vias: ‘One in ten killed on Belgian highways are pedestrians’

August 04, 2023

One out of ten people killed on the highway in Belgium are pedestrians. More than half (54%) of fatal accidents on highways occur in the surroundings of slip roads. And most fatal accidents (one in three) happen in the dark. The figures come from a recent study by the traffic safety institute Vias. Vias analyzed […]

Traxio: ‘used car registrations increased by 16,6% in July’

August 03, 2023

Registrations of new cars increased over the last 12 consecutive months, but the second-hand car market is also doing well in Belgium, says mobility federation Traxio. After several strong months, the used car market grew in July, with no less than 16,6% to 57 594 units. Cumulated over the first seven months, the increase is […]

Israeli scientists produce highly efficient low-cost green hydrogen

August 02, 2023

Tel Aviv University scientists have succeeded in developing a groundbreaking method to produce green hydrogen. The method, developed by doctoral student Itzhak Grinberg and by Dr. Oren Ben-Zvi, claims to have over 90% efficiency by harnessing the power of green electricity and utilizing a highly efficient biocatalyst. The research is founded upon the rare instances […]

More new motorbikes, second-hand market plummets in Belgium

August 01, 2023

According to figures from the Belgian mobility federation Febiac, registrations of new motorbikes, scooters, tricycles, and light quadricycles increased by 3% during the first six months of this year compared to last year. The second-hand market, on the other hand, has plummeted by 27%, due to the technical inspection requirement. After two years of slight […]

Americans prepare take-over bid Dutch VanMoof e-bikes

August 01, 2023

The American company micromobility.com, a global pioneer in sustainable transportation as it claims, is preparing the take-over of the recently declared bankrupt Amsterdam e-bike manufacturer VanMoof. The company has already made a so-called ‘non-binding’ offer that would have been positively received. The news was announced on the company’s website, but financial details were not disclosed. […]

London to expand LEZ again to improve air quality

July 31, 2023

London intends to expand its ultra-low-emission zone again and, according to the Court, is allowed to do so. In this zone, polluting cars – even with a foreign license plate – must pay a daily surcharge of about 14,50 euros (£12,50). A fine of up to £180 ( more than 200 euros) is imposed if […]

IEA: ‘Demand for coal remains at record levels’

July 28, 2023

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), demand for coal remains at record levels this year. At the same time, extreme weather conditions prove the earth is warming up faster than ever due to C02 emissions. “Climate change is here, it’s terrifying, and this is just the beginning,” said United Nations top man António Guterres […]

Upway to help out e-bike customers of bankrupt Dutch VanMoof

July 28, 2023

The French platform for refurbished e-bikes, Upway, offers owners of a VanMoof bicycle to repair it. The company used to partner with the now-bankrupt VanMoof, so Upway’s mechanics know how to repair the bikes. Earlier this month, the court had declared the Dutch bicycle manufacturer VanMoof bankrupt. The company was founded in 2009 by Taco […]

Seven carmakers unite to create EV charging network in North America

July 27, 2023

Seven of the world’s leading carmakers have created an alliance to jointly invest in fast-charging infrastructure for electric cars in North America. BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis intend to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles in North America by making EV charging more accessible, reliable, and convenient. Together, they aim to […]

First Belgian medical transport via unmanned passenger drone

July 26, 2023

On Tuesday, a large unmanned passenger drone took off in Sint-Truiden (Limburg) to transport some blood samples – a European first. The aircraft flew for a kilometer through DronePort’s test airspace. The experiment was accompanied by the Belgian Antwerp-based company Helicus, which develops drone applications and technologies for medical transport. The drone’s test flight was […]

Stellantis and Samsung to build 2nd battery factory in US

July 25, 2023

Stellantis, the French-Italian-American automotive manufacturing corporation, and Samsung SDI, the Korean battery and electronic materials manufacturer, have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a second battery factory in the US. The plant should start production in 2027 with an initial annual production capacity of 34-gigawatt hours (GWh). Last year, in May 2022, both partners […]

Belgian Seavolt project launches first floating solar panels

July 20, 2023

The Belgian Seavolt project, announced earlier this year, is taking concrete shape. The consortium will soon launch its first floating solar panels in Ostend. If the initiators succeed in making solar energy profitable at sea, they hope to turn it into a new Belgian export product. In March, the Belgian marine engineering companies DEME and […]

Dutch trendy e-bikes VanMoof declared bankrupt

July 19, 2023

“VanMoof on the verge of bankruptcy,” we wrote just a week ago. Last Wednesday, the company was granted a two-month payment postponement by the Amsterdam court, but, in the meantime, the court has declared the Dutch e-bike manufacturer VanMoof bankrupt. Despite their ambitious plans to develop the perfect city bike and “get as many people […]

Flanders allows certified workshops re-examination of rejected car

July 18, 2023

The Flemish government has approved the reinspection of cars by certified garage owners in principle. Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) launched the idea because the official inspection centers cannot tackle the bottlenecks, and there is a need for additional capacity. “The technical inspection remains important from a road safety point of view, but […]

Flanders launches safety campaign for 30 km/h speed limit on towpaths

July 17, 2023

Last Sunday, Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) kicked off a new courtesy and safety campaign for users of the many towpaths in Flanders. The campaign calls for courtesy, safe behavior, and respect for the maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour on the more than 2 000 towpaths and dyke roads. Speed pedelecs, […]

E-bikes VanMoof on the verge of bankruptcy

July 14, 2023

The Dutch manufacturer of e-design bicycles, VanMoof, is on the verge of bankruptcy. The financial problems are so dramatic that the company can no longer pay its bills. Instead of making a billion people addicted to cycling, the company succumbs to a loss of millions. On Wednesday, VanMoof was granted a two-month payment postponement by […]