Greenhouse gas emissions


Flemish Environment Agency (VMM) – Environmental Report (MIRA)


This indicator assesses the extent to which total greenhouse gas emission evolves in the Flemish Region and makes a distinction between:

  1. Emissions coming under the European Emissions Trading System (ETS): emissions primarily from the energy and industry sectors;
  2. Emissions not coming under the European Emissions Trading System (non-ETS): Emissions from transport, households, trade & services, agriculture and some parts of the industry and energy sectors.

All gas and emission flows that are included in the European burden sharing under the Kyoto protocol (CO2, CH4, N2O, SF6, HFKs, PFKs) are taken into account, and these emissions are converted into CO2 equivalents.

Emissions and sinks from (changes in) land use and forest management (so-called LULUCF) nor the emissions of NF3 are taken into account. The reason for this is that the European burden-sharing and the burden-sharing between the regions in our country do not take these into account either.

European Emission Trading System (ETS): part of the European climate policy. System according to which installations must submit one emission allowance for each ton of CO2 emissions. The total number of emission allowances is limited, but installations are free to exchange these allowances with each other. Since the number of available emission rights decreases each year, the market is characterised by scarcity. Installations are thus put before the choice: either reduce emissions or purchase emission allowances.

Remarks on quality

The data published by MIRA are in line with the figures reported officially by Flanders/Belgium at international level (EU, UN) and thus in line with the accounting rules of the EU and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN Climate Convention). 

The quality of the data is very good and international data comparability is very high.


Flanders Environment Agency (VMM): Environmental report (MIRA)- greenhouse gas


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