“As the government and organisations across the country explore how they can fight climate change and help achieve a fair and clean energy transition, we provide comprehensive, integrated solutions. Together we can ensure that CO2 reduction measures are implemented to make a lasting, positive impact on the environment.”
Laurent Vandendooren, Managing Partner, Risk Advisory

The role of clean gas

In the short term, Belgium’s climate targets for 2030 and 2050 pose major challenges for the gas sector. The federal government has endorsed the European Green Deal and has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030.

Deloitte and the Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy with support from the cabinet of Federal Minister Van der Straeten have formulated a strategic study to define the role of clean gas in a climate neutral Belgium.

 

The federal government has endorsed the European Green Deal and has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030

Supporting the energy transition

Launched at a virtual conference on 18 May attended by energy industry stakeholders, CEOs, decision makers, and Minister Van der Straeten, the study provides a frame of reference for the vision for the future and the decisions regarding gas and molecules in the Belgian energy system.

Minister Van der Straeten, Dominique Van Herck, Stijn Vercammen and Eline Brugman during a virtual conference held in May 2021.

“Hydrogen is no longer a distant dream but a near reality. In Belgium, the heavy industry accounts for almost 30 percent of total CO2 emissions. It is precisely this industry that is best suited for a switch towards green hydrogen. Belgium has the possibility to become the hydrogen hub of Europe. Our unique location, which is not only in the heart of Europe, but also, at an energy crossroad in the middle of several industrial clusters, makes us the ideal transit country for green hydrogen.”

Tinne Van der Straeten, Federal Minister of Energy

“We are committed to supporting the government and all industries to achieve the climate targets, while transforming the way they operate for the better. Our study details some expectations of how the energy transition could unfold, based on literature review and extensive energy expert consultation.”
Eline Brugman, Director Sustainability, Climate & Energy

A frame of reference

We provide the building blocks for the development of a strategic vision for a coherent, substantiated and forward-looking federal gas policy for Belgium. We also identify critical success factors and levers for transition and recovery for both the sustainability of methane and the development of a hydrogen economy, as well as concrete policy recommendations.