Flemish renewable energy objectives studied

What share of renewable energy is possible in Flanders? At the request of the Flanders Energy Agency (VEA), VITO in partnership with diverse energy stakeholders is investigating feasible targets. The study is part of the Renewable Energy 2030 Action Plan.

In January 2014, the European Commission announced the broad outlines of climate and energy policy until 2030. In it, the EU proposed a 27 % share of renewable energy as a global objective. What contribution can Flanders make? To answer this question, Flanders is working on a Renewable Energy 2030 Action Plan.

At the request of the VEA, VITO – in consultation with Flemish research institutes, energy associations and networks, lobby groups and businesses – modelled different scenarios:

  • Low: 20 % renewable energy by 2030, 60 % by 2050
  • Medium: 25 % by 2030, 75 % by 2050
  • High: 30 % by 2030, 85 % by 2050
  • Low start, high end: 20 % by 2030, 85 % by 2050
VITO's role

With the Belgian TIMES model, VITO has developed scenarios that impose renewable energy objectives for 2030, 2040 and 2050. The model explores how these objectives can be achieved with the lowest possible investment, and includes in its analysis the entire process. Then researchers translated the scenarios to the situation in Flanders and tested their feasibility with the different stakeholders. In the next phase, the VEA will translate these findings into policy.

Renewable Energy Prognoses in figures
  • Duration: September 2013 ─ June 2014
  • Budget: € 108,828
the EU proposed a 27 % share of renewable energy as a global objective