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The Walloon Climate Committee wants more ambitious targets

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The Walloon Climate Experts Committee is concerned about the lack of concrete measures and policies aimed at reducing the Walloon carbon foot-print. 

They recommend setting more ambitious targets for 2030 in a statement published on Saturday. 

This is the new committee’s fourth such statement: the previous ones were issued on the 11th of June 2018, the 14th of June 2018 and the 22nd of February 2019.

The Climate Experts Committee was set up by the Walloon government, to become the authority on climate issues. The committee has noticed that the Walloon government has not adopted the emission targets for 2023-2027 and 2028-2032 as it was supposed to, and strongly encouraged it to do so. The Committee also wants a thorough revision of the Walloon Energy and Climate Plan (PWEC). 

The committee’s experts said there is a “complete absence” of measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sectors not covered by the European emission quota and exchange system (ETS). 

The committee suggested adopting “clear goals” for the development of wind-farms and solar panels for electricity production. 

The committee said it felt there is a lack of ambition in the agriculture and forest management sector, despite it being one of the key sectors when it comes to reducing the Walloon carbon footprint long-term. 

Finally, the committee wanted to make the government aware of the need to better integrate social aspects into the PWEC.

The committee’s latest statement says “in particular, a fair and balanced transition to an eco-friendly society requires us to plan future measures for education, retraining and skill development in more detail. This also applies to the fight against energy poverty”. 


The Brussels Times

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