Belgium performs low across all categories evaluated and drops five spots, to 40th, in CCPI 2021.
Similar to the previous year, Belgium performs low in the Renewable Energy and Energy Use categories, showing only slight improvement in the still medium-rated Energy Use trend indicator. The country shows a lower rating in the GHG Emissions category. This is driven by a low-rated 2030 emissions reduction target, which is not in line with a well-below-2°C pathway.
Experts, however, positively note that federal authorities, as well as two of the three regions in Belgium, are currently in the process of upscaling their climate targets. The rather negative EU Commission evaluation of Belgium’s National Energy and Climate Plan further underscores the urgent need for improved ambition in the low-rated national energy and climate policies. At the international level, Belgium improves to a medium rating in national experts’ policy evaluation. The experts observe more ambitious positioning of the new national government in international climate policy negotiations. They note, however, that discussions among the regions partially impede the country’s firmly taking those positions in the context of climate negotiations.
National experts that contributed to the policy evaluation of this year’s CCPI chose to remain anonymous.