Essential role in the energy transition
The climate objective to reduce CO2 emissions in Belgium by 80% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels is a major challenge and requires a large-scale switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Not only for our electricity needs, but also for heating, transport and raw materials.
Where will we get this renewable energy from? And how will we get it where and when we need it? It is clear that solar and wind must become the renewable energy sources of the future. However, in Belgium and Western Europe, there is not enough wind or solar energy available, while other regions have sun and wind, as well as space, in abundance.
The solution? Importing renewable energy from these regions. Hydrogen and molecules derived from it, such as ammonia and methanol, the so-called hydrogen carriers, offer the solution because they make it possible to transport large volumes long-distance. Our region clearly has the right assets to become a leader in this field. Above all, our ports, which are ideal hubs for hydrogen with their maritime connections, infrastructure, industrial companies and hinterland connections.