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Your business and the environment

What impact does your business have on the environment? How can you improve your energy performance by reducing your consumption of natural resources and polluting waste? Whatever your industry, you can also contribute to the protection and conservation of the environment.

Environmental obligations of businesses

  • Every business that consumes water as part of its activities in Brussels is subject to the prevailing laws and...

  • Increasingly, the producer accountability principle obliges businesses to take back waste products.

  • By emitting pollutants into the air businesses have a major impact on air quality. The burning issue in the...

  • Building sites, companies holding environmental permits, traffic – the coexistence of housing, trade and industry in...

  • The management and remediation of polluted soil is part of the Region’s socio-economic reality. The identification and...

  • A special environmental licence is currently demanded for around 200 facilities operated by businesses or individuals...

  • Brussels businesses that take the decision to address environmental concerns in their activities may be eligible for a...

The environmental regulations, obligations and permits for businesses are described in detail on the website 1819.

Regional assistance for businesses

More and more Brussels businesses are adopting sustainable development as part of their strategy. Read the Ecological labels page in this subsection to find out more.

The Brussels-Capital Region can also help you integrate environmental management in your organisation and operations. There are a number of grants and subsidies for environmental investments to help you get the most out of your investments in this area.

hub.brussels provides free personalised support to businesses for all environmental questions (including permit types, establishment plans, regulations on water discharges, waste, air emissions and transport plan) in the Brussels-Capital Region.

Green certificates in the Brussels-Capital Region: for the production of green electricity

The Brussels-Capital Region has introduced a green certificate scheme to encourage the adoption of electricity generation systems that emit less carbon, such as cogeneration and plants that use sources of renewable energy.

All electricity suppliers in the Brussels-Capital Region must purchase an annual quota of green certificates proportional to the volume of electricity it sells on the Brussels market. Failure to do so will result in a fine. For more information, see the website of BRUGEL (BRUxelles Gaz Electricité), the Brussels energy regulator (FR/NL).