Welcome to the Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index, where Earth.Org examines the policies and actions regarding the environment of every nation on earth. Combining the most respected global indexes on pollution, climate change, policy, energy, oceans, biodiversity we have produced an overall Global Index, which will be updated annually. This is the Global Sustainability Index scorecard for Belgium.

Belgium has shown its willingness to mitigate the climate crisis through various plans and commitments. 

In September 2019, the Prime Minister of Belgium, Charles Michel, said that he would ask the Federal Parliament for permission to double the amount Belgium contributes to the UN’s Green Climate Fund. Currently Belgium’s Federal Government contributes 10 million euro per year. In addition to the 50 million euro contributed to the fund by the federal government over the past 5 years, Belgium’s regions have also contributed 35 million euro, a prime example of the country’s commitment to mitigating the climate crisis.

However, because Belgium is a federal state composed of three communities (the Flemish, French and German-speaking communities) and three regions (the Flemish Region, Walloon Region and Brussels-Capital Region), it has varying levels of competency between the different levels of authorities, which requires close coordination but can lead to fragmentation. There are calls to adopt a federal climate law that would set a long-term goal for the country as a whole to free the regions from permanent negotiation, as well as to create an independent body with a budget to produce data and opinions, as well as external audits to remove the climate issues from political discussions alone. 

Global Sustainability Index scorecard for Belgium

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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: Belgium Rankings – Policy: 68, Pollution: 15, Climate Change: 35, Oceans: 65, Biodiversity: 181, Energy: 25, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 36.