In 2023, Belgium reached a historic milestone by generating more electricity from renewables than fossil fuels for the first time. Here's an overview of the key points:

  • In a groundbreaking milestone, renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, biomass, and waste, accounted for over 30% of Belgium's energy mix in 2023.
  • Renewables contributed 23,460 GWh of electricity, outperforming fossil fuels that produced 22,150 GWh. Wind and solar, the primary contributors, collectively constituted 27.7% of Belgium's electricity.
  • While additional wind turbines and solar panels played a role, reduced electricity production due to the closure of nuclear reactors and a decline in consumption also contributed to the positive shift.
  • Belgium's overall power production dropped by 13%, reaching 76,900 GWh, reflecting a decline in consumption compared to the previous year.
  • Similar trends are noted in other European countries, with Germany's renewable electricity share surpassing 50% due to investments and reduced consumption.
  • Despite the positive shift, there's a call for increased research and implementation of energy storage facilities like batteries. This is crucial to address the fluctuations in energy demand, as renewables remain vulnerable to such variations.

Source of information: https://www.themayor.eu/en/a/view/in-2023-belgium-produced-more-electricity-from-renewables-than-fossil-fuels-12272 (Published 02 January 2024).