Country:Belgium
Year:2000
Policy status:Superseded
Jurisdiction:State/Regional
Date Effective:2000
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector)
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Description:

Wallonia The Walloon Region has taken the first steps to adopt voluntary agreements with different industrial sectors. The first sectors to sign a letter of intent were the chemical and paper industries in July 2000. In 2001, three industrial sectors (cement, limestone, and non-ferrous) signed a letter of intent. These letters of intent will lead to voluntary agreements to reduce energy consumption by 2010. Enterprises in sectors with agreements are eligible for additional (75% rather than the normal 50%) subsidies for energy auditing and pre-feasibility studies. Flanders The Flemish Region will introduce voluntary agreements to energy-intensive industries. For large energy-intensive industries (energy consumption <0.5 PJ), the agreements are based on the principle of benchmarking. In these benchmarking agreements, participating companies commit themselves to bring their energy efficiency up to world top level by 2012. Negotiations have taken place, or are ongoing, with the iron, steel, paper and cardboard sectors and with the chemical industry. The Flemish Economic Federation (Vlaamse Economisch Verbond, VEV) took part in these talks. The Flemish region is building the tools to implement benchmarking agreements for the energy-intensive industry, the other industries being invited to make any energy saving investments with a pay-back time less than five years. Periodic energy audits will define the suitable investment programmes. Brussels-Capital In the Brussels-Capital Region, the industrial sector is small: therefore, instead of voluntary agreements, the region has introduced a voluntary labelling programme called Eco-dynamic enterprise. To obtain the label, the entrepreneur signs a charter with the engagement to respect a number of principles of ecological management. Several of these principles are closely linked to RUE.

This record is superseded by:Benchmarking Covenant on Energy Efficiency - Flanders

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