Belgium: Summary

Updated: 17.03.2017

Author: Bente Klein

Support schemes

In Belgium, energy is a matter of regional competence. However, one fiscal measure promotes the use of heat production from renewable energy sources on the federal level, namely the tax deduction on investment costs for companies.

Brussels

In the Brussels-Capital region, the generation of heat from renewable energy sources is promoted through energy subsidies as well as through investment assistance for companies.

Flanders

Regarding heating and cooling from renewable energy resources, the Flemish support scheme provides for a quota system. Grid operators and municipalities are responsible for setting up premium schemes.

Wallonia

In the Walloon region, the generation of heat through renewable energy plants is promoted through a system of energy subsidies, the granting of a zero-percent loan as well as through investment assistance for companies.

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Policies

The following policies aim at promoting the development, installation and usage of RES-installations on the federal level in Belgium: There are training programmes for RES-installers, a certification scheme for heat pumps installations as well as an indirect fiscal mechanism for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programmes. Moreover, the exemplary role of public authorities is ensured through a public energy service company in charge of achieving and financing energy saving projects in public federal buildings.


Brussels

According to the National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Belgium, the Brussels-Capital region has committed itself to reaching 30 % of green energy in the total energy consumption of new public buildings. However, there is no regional certification programme for RES installations, no research, development and dissemination (RD&D) programmes and no building obligations for the use of renewable heating provided in the Brussels-Capital region.

Flanders

Diverse policies are currently under discussion. The level of implementation differs.

Wallonia


The following policies aim at promoting the development, installation and usage of RES-installations: A training programme as well as a quality label for RES-installers, two different research, development and dissemination (RD&D) programmes and a building obligation for the use of renewable heating. However, there is no regional certification programme for RES installations provided in the Walloon region.

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Further information

  • Ministre du Gouvernement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, chargée du Logement, de la Qualité de Vie, de l’Environnement et de l'Energie - Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital region, responsible for Housing, Quality of Life, Environm
  • Céline Fremault
  • +32 25 08 79 11
  • website
  • info.fremault(at)gov.brussels
  • Ministère de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Administration de l'Economie et de l'Emploi (AEE) – Economy and Employment Administration of the Brussels-Capital region
  • +32 28 00 34 52
  • AEE website
  • info.eco(at)mrbc.irisnet.be
  • Bruxelles environnement IBGE : Administration de l'environnement et de l'énergie de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale - Environment and Energy administration of the Brussels Capital region
  • +32 27 75 75 75
  • IBGE website
  • info(at)ibgebim.be
  • Vlaamse Regulator van de Elektriciteits- en Gasmarkt (VREG) – Flemish Regulator of the Electricity and Gas market
  • +32 2 55 313 79
  • VREG website
  • info(at)vreg.be
  • Vlaamse Energieagentschap (VEA) – Flemish Energy Agency
  • VEA website
  • Service public de Wallonie - Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Economie, de l'Emploi & de la Recherche (DGO6) - Public Service of the Walloon region – Directorate General for Economy, Employment and Research (DGO6)
  • +32 81 33 40 79
  • DGO6 website
  • Commission Wallonne pour l'Energie (CWaPE) - Walloon Energy Commission
  • CWaPE website
  • + 32 81 33 08 10