During a press conference, Minister of the Environment, Carole Dieschbourg, and the le Secretary of State, Camille Gira, outlined the state of play regarding the Government's climate protection policy and charted the course for the development of a third national climate plan. Luxembourg's climate protection strategy is based on three key areas:
- international solidarity;
- cooperation with the municipalities (communes);
- sector-based measures.
Solidarity above all
Within the context of international climate support, Luxembourg has committed to invest €120 million from 2014 to 2020. Around €100 million of funding has already been allocated, including €12 million earmarked for non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Some 40 bilateral and multilateral proposals have been submitted to the Ministry, including 13 NGO projects.
With the Climate Finance Accelerator, the LU-EIB Climate Finance Platform and the Forestry and Climate Change Fund, Luxembourg is playing to its strengths in the international finance sector. These initiatives not only aim to improve the Grand Duchy's climate impact, but are also part of the country's efforts to support sustainable development. Finally, with the creation of a "Climate Finance Task Force", Luxembourg has made a name for itself as the main international climate financing centre.
National territory has not been forgotten
In terms of cooperation with the municipalities, the climate pact continues to be one of Luxembourg's success stories. All of the municipalities are now members of the pact, 85% of them are certified and there are currently 32 accredited climate advisors. This shows that the fight against climate change has mobilised public authorities right down to local level.
These initiatives are backed up by sector-based measures:
- The PRIMe House scheme, allocates grants to households for energy renovation works, energy-efficient housing constructions and the use of renewable energies;
- There has been a sharp rise in the quantity of electricity generated by wind power and photovoltaic power (up threefold between 2013 and 2017);
- Tax measures have prompted a substantial increase in the number of registrations of electric vehicles or hybrid plug-ins.
The Government is determined to meet the objective of a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030 (in comparison with 2005 figures) set for Luxembourg at Community level, thereby helping to implement international climate objectives.
According to the latest estimates, Luxembourg is set to achieve its C02 reduction objective provided for by the Kyoto Protocol by 2020, but will face a considerable challenge when it comes to reducing its emissions by 40% by 2030.
(Source: Press release from the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure)