5 Nov 21

Flanders to ban new ICE sales by 2029

The government of Flanders, the northern region of Belgium, has finalised a climate plan, just in time for its attendance at COP26 in Glasgow. The overall aim is to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, in large part by electrifying mobility.

Flemish prime minister Jan Jambon said more talks with the other Belgian governments (federal and regional) were needed: “We want to avoid, for instance, that leasing companies will simply register their vehicles in Brussels or Wallonia.”

The Flemish climate plan is a step up from the previously agreed goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 35% by 2030. Flanders has developed a list of 40 measures to get to -40%, including:

  • The sale of cars or LCVs with combustion engines will be banned by 2029. Three important conditions: there must be plenty of EVs to choose from, they must be affordable, and sufficient charging infrastructure must be in place. If that’s not the case, the deadline will move back. 
  • There will be no ban on petrol or diesel cars on the second-hand market. The thinking is that they will gradually disappear on their own. 
  • The aim is to reach 1 million EVs and 100,000 “semi-public” charging points in Flanders by 2030. 
  • There will be no mileage tax for cars.

Other measures are aimed at improving the energy efficiency of older houses and reducing the CO2 emissions of agriculture and industry.

Image: street scene in Antwerp. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Authored by: Frank Jacobs