Carbon emissions lower than in 1990
26 November 2007, BRUSSELS - New figures reveal that Flanders is now emitting less carbon into the atmosphere than the region did back in 1990. However, despite the good news we still need to cut our region's carbon emissions if Flanders is to meet the Kyoto objectives.
26 November 2007
BRUSSELS - New figures reveal that Flanders is now emitting less carbon into the atmosphere than the region did back in 1990. However, despite the good news we still need to cut our region's carbon emissions if Flanders is to meet the Kyoto objectives.
Belgium as a whole needs to cut its carbon emissions to levels 5.2 percent bellow those recorded in 1990 if it is to reach the objectives set out in the Kyoto Protocol.
Levels of carbon emissions have been falling steadily over the past few years. Last year's three percent fall means that emissions are now at 1990 levels.
The Flemish Environment Minister Hilde Crevits (Christian democrat) told journalists that the fall in the level of carbon emissions was proof that government policies are starting to bear fruit.
However, there is still a long way to go and emissions need to fall further.
Furthermore some industries such as transport continue to emit as much carbon as was previously the case.
"But if you put that against the background of 3.3 percent growth last year, it's really something that emission levels in the industry have remained stable.
"However, I do realise that great efforts still need to be made in order to reduce carbon emissions in the transport industry", Ms Crevits added.
New measures to help bring down carbon emissions will be discussed at a meeting of the Flemish Climate Conference on Monday.
"Extra measures urgently needed"
The Flemish environmentalist umbrella group BBL says that it is pleased with the fall in the level of carbon emissions.
However, the group fears that Flanders won't be able to meet the Kyoto objectives.
The BBL's Bram Claeys told the VRT that "extra structural measures are required if we are to meet the objectives".
Mr Claeys went on to say that charging trucks for the number of kilometres driven and stricter rules governing the insulation of buildings could provide the key to helping us reach the Kyoto objectives.
[Copyright Flanders news 2007]
Subject: Belgian news