Belgium in Brief: Climate Talking Cheat Sheet

Belgium in Brief: Climate Talking Cheat Sheet

Flanders has reached a climate agreement.

So – buzzwords and potential hyperbole aside – what does it change in the short term?

For the full breakdown from now ’til 2030, Lauren Walker has you covered.

For now, let’s have a quick look at some of the changes that could impact you in the coming years.

Know someone buying a house?

Tell them: “Best keep an eye on the energy rating: from 2023, if you buy anything below a D rating you will need to make renovations in the 5 years after you buy to improve energy efficiency.”

Know someone building a house?

Warn them: “Look into hybrid heat pumps, you’ll need them by 2023,” then double down by telling them 2026 will see an end to natural gas connections for new builds.

Friends with a petrolhead?

Tell them: the sales of cars and vans running on petrol or diesel will phase out from 2027, (hopefully) making way for electric vehicles.

Wish you knew more? 

Time to read the details in full.

Did this help? Or did it just land you in a conversation with someone carrying the same notes?

Let @johnstonjules know (or email me j.johnston@brusselstimes.com). 

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