The Flemish government is pursuing a resolute policy to increase the proportion of green heat in the renewable energy supply in Flanders. It launched its ‘Green Heat Action Plan’ in 2011, which was then extended further in 2013 with a measure to give industrial companies strategic environmental support for heating networks. The Flemish government wants to fully exploit the potential for green heat in Flanders and supports initiatives in this sector.
Great potential in green heat
At the end of 2013, the renewable share in the Flanders energy supply amounted to 5.5%. The portion of green heat is 4.5%. According to studies conducted by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), green heat could account for a third to half of the Belgian target of 13% for renewable energy by 2020. Large-scale industrial applications, in particular, have enormous potential. One of these is green heat: extracted from production processes such as waste incineration.