Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1999
Policy Type:Economic Instruments, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Taxes, Policy Support, Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multi-Sectoral Policy

The National Plan for Sustainable Development, finalized in 1998 and entering into force in 1999, lays out a strategy for sustainable development in the different economic areas of Luxembourg.

The Plan strives to:

  • Achieve 20% reduction in energy intensity between 1993 and 2010.;
  • Balance environmental protection and economic growth;
  • Promote renewable energy and energy efficient technologies;
  • Promote human behavior compatible with the objectives; 


In order to achieve above target, wide range of measures are being outlined in the Plan. Main energy efficiency measures by sector are as follow:

Energy efficiency measures per sector



  • To improve the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings;
  • To reach a 30% reduction between 1990 and 2020 in the energy consumed to heat a constant surface in buildings.


  • To set annual taxes on vehicles according to their fuel consumption and emissions to encourage the purchase of less polluting vehicles;
  • To increase by 30% the share of public transport use for medium-length distances between 1997 and 2010;
  • To reduce the use of transport and to reduce travel distances;
  • To link Luxembourg’s rail network to the high-speed rail network and to improve international railway connections.


[1] Embodied in Directives 2003/55/EC and 2003/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council Concerning Common Rules for the Internal Market in Natural Gas and Electricity

Related policies:National Strategy to Reduce GHG Emissions , Energy Tax

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