Flanders to spend 400 million euros on CO₂ package

Flanders to spend 400 million euros on CO₂ package

The Flemish government has approved a long-term plan to spend 400 million euros over the next 20 years in managing carbon dioxide (CO₂), considered to be one of the main substances at the root of climate change. The plan is for the region to become climate neutral by 2050, by cutting down on fossil fuel consumption on the one hand, while on the other capturing, stocking and re-using CO₂ that is still being produced. The technology is not new, explains the VRT. Oil and gas companies have stored and re-used…

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Cost of electricity sky-rocketed in Belgium since market liberalization in 2007: up by over 60%

Cost of electricity sky-rocketed in Belgium since market liberalization in 2007: up by over 60%

Between 2007 — the year of complete liberalization of the energy market — and 2018, the average cost of electricity for a Belgian household (consuming 3,500 kWh per year) increased by 61.59% to 258.63 euros/MWh. This was revealed on Friday by the CREG (Commission for the regulation of energy and gas) in its yearly update on its cost study on electricity and natural gas. Compared to 2017, the increase was by 3.3%. It was in Flanders that the average cost of electricity increased the most since 2007: it more than…

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Alternatives to slaughtered meat without EU coordination

Alternatives to slaughtered meat without EU coordination

A recent report by the London-based Chatham House shows that a new generation of cultured meat and plant-based meat products have the potential of changing our indulgence in slaughtered meat and contribute to the fight against climate change. “We are interested in meat analogues because they have the potential to change the history of animal agriculture. Technology presents us with the opportunity to make intense animal agriculture obsolete and to make us rethink our relationship with animals,” says Compassion in World Farming EU, a British animal welfare organisation which is…

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