A recent report by the Flanders Environment Agency shows that the Flemish agriculture and horticulture was responsible for eight per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions between 2000 and 2016. The figures show that after a slight decrease, a limited increase of the emissions can be seen in recent years. The total emission in Flanders decreased by 12 per cent in the 2000-2016 period.
Evolution of the greenhouse gas emission (ktonnes CO2 equivalents) for the different sectors in Flanders (2016).
Evolution of the total greenhouse gas emissions (ktonnes CO2 equivalents) for the different sectors in Flanders (2000-2016).
According to European climate policy, Flanders has to cut the CO2 emissions by 15.7 per cent by 2020. This percentage excludes the emission of large companies and energy plants. However, this does include emissions the Flemish government has a hold on, such as agriculture and horticulture. The latest prognoses show a decrease of five per cent will probably be feasible. Responsible minister Joke Schauvliege of the Ministry of Environment thinks the goal will be achieved.
Source: Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij