In the Brussels-Capital Region and in Belgium in general, the majority of energy is obtained from fossil energy sources. Currently, the Region buys most of its gas and electricity abroad, but in the near future, as fossil energy becomes increasingly scarce, it will also become increasingly expensive.
In addition, fossil energy contributes significantly to climate change. The Brussels-Capital Region has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared to 1990 by 2025 and doubling renewable energy production compared to 2013 by 2020. It is therefore urgent that we produce our electricity, our heat, our cooling and our hot water otherwise.
The benefits of green energy
Green energy is energy from energy sources that have no impact on your health, do not pollute the environment and do not represent a burden on the environment. For this reason, green energy is the technology of the future and the future of your children and grandchildren:
- You only invest once and then you benefit from free energy;
- You are no longer dependent on fossil fuel sources and price variability;
- You contribute to a healthier air (if you do not burn wood).
The Brussels Region is firmly focused on green
More and more solar panels are appearing on rooftops, which provide electricity for homes, schools and businesses, and the shower water of a growing number of neighbors is heated by the sun with a solar water heater.
Solar panels and solar water heaters are indeed very interesting in our Region: the sun is present enough, we have a large roof area and these forms of energy production are largely supported by various measures of help. Heat pumps and cogeneration are also promising technologies for providing heating and cooling in our office buildings, hospitals and hotels.
On the other hand, biomass and hydroelectricity are two sources of energy that are not very adapted to the Brussels Region. For hydropower, our streams do not have the necessary currents and sufficient level differences. Biomass, in which organic matter of animal or plant origin, such as wood, is burned or converted into energy, poses many problems in terms of air quality due to the emission of harmful pollutants that is there related.
Invest in green energy yourself
If you have a little room on your roof, you can produce green electricity or heat yourself. Use the solar card to calculate your potential for energy production.