On 19 April, the Brussels Parliament approved the Brussels Code of Air, Climate and Energy Control.
The code codifies the legislation in the areas of air (air quality), climate (reduction of greenhouse gases; emissions trading and flexibility mechanisms), energy (the energy performance of buildings), and the environmental aspects of transport (transport plans; restrictions on off-road parking; low-emission zones). It improves and complements the existing legislation, in order to comply with European directives (inter alia on emissions trading, the energy performance of buildings and energy efficiency).
The code is divided into four books:
- provisions common to the various parts of the code and provisions on an integrated Air-Climate-Energy Plan;
- provisions on the construction and transport sector;
- specific rules on air and the emission of greenhouse gases;
- amending, repealing and transitional provisions.
The leitmotiv of the code is the exemplary role to be played by government, i.e. the need for government to set an example.