Topics for complementary analyses

The analysis of possible pathways for reducing GHG emissions is a key component when considering Belgium’s transition to a low carbon society. However, there is a need to complement this exercise by a series of more thematic analyses:


Climate-finance-diagram-350px.jpgThe landscape of climate finance in Belgium

This analysis provides an overview of climate finance flows in 2013 in Belgium, from their sources up to the sectors in which they have been invested. Among others, it shows that a total of 6.4 billion Euros were invested in mitigation, adaptation and climate services activities in Belgium that year.  

The full study report and a comprehensive fact sheet are available.  


The modelling to 2050 in Belgium

The modelling tools prove to be essential in order to ensure a consistent analysis framework. A large number of models relate specifically to Belgium or integrate Belgium and could well be useful for analysing the impacts of the low carbon transition.

In this context, a workshop was organised for all the modelling teams to bring out the strengths, weaknesses and complementarities between the various existing models. In addition to merely comparing models and their results, the workshop provided the opportunity to highlight the desirable developments of the various models with a view to optimum use in the analysis of the low carbon transition.

A report on this exercise and the presentations of the various models by the modelling teams are available.


The transition management

The actual achievement of a transition to a low carbon society by 2050 has to be initiated, conducted and managed. This is the purpose of the transition management discipline, which aims to create a context and an environment conductive to the generation of the changes characteristic of the transition.

The objective of this study consisted in analysing in the greatest possible detail the various experiences in Belgium and abroad concerning the management of the transition to a low carbon society and the initiatives currently under preparation. The analysis of these various experiences/initiatives identified ‘key success factors’, ‘lessons learnt’ and barriers encountered.

On the basis of the result of the analysis of the various experiences/initiatives, the study proposed several approaches to initiate in Belgium the transition management to a low carbon economy by 2050. The results of this study can be consulted here.

Amongst other things, this study identified the need to map the existing initiatives for transition to a low carbon society. All the necessary information concerning this mapping can be found here

The stakes of the low carbon transition in the field of training

A low carbon transition will induce changes in production and consumption patterns . New types of jobs are expected to be created, while other types of jobs will evolve and some will be fundamentally transformed or will disappear. These changes put the issue of employment and training at the heart of the challenges of the low carbon transition, including for SMEs where resources in this area are particularly limited.

This study aims to initiate the discussions on this topic. It provides an inventory of policies and institutions for training in Belgium and highlights some case studies abroad and at European level from the angle of the low carbon transition.