This was validated by the Council of Ministers last week: thermal service vehicles for the Belgian federal authorities, it is finished next year.
Last Friday, a draft circular from Belgian Civil Service Minister Petra De Sutter, a member of the Green Party Groen, was adopted by the Council of Ministers: from July 2024, the federal authorities will no longer be able to buy or lease than hire-purchase electric service vehicles. This means that, by 2030, the vast majority of cars in the administration will have given up thermal taking into account the lifespan of those taken before next summer.
This decision stems from a European directive requiring companies to produce a sustainability report from January 2026, also the date on which only electric company cars will be tax deductible, but Belgium has therefore decided to implement it in advance, according to the newspaper Nieuwsblad.
The obligation applies to all federal ministries, the 15 ministers, the 5 secretaries of state and their cabinets, i.e. 170 vehicles out of the 920 in the federal authority’s vehicle fleet, not counting those of the police. or Defense.
For Minister De Sutter, who has just gone electric this month, it is simply a question of setting an example, as she told the newspaper De Tijd: “If we want to achieve the climate objectives, government must also become greener. By 2030, most official federal government cars should be running sustainably.” An easy decision to make for her who admits to being indifferent to cars: “They mean nothing to me. For me, it’s just a means of transport that allows me to go from one place to another. My companion is not at all of the same opinion, because she is crazy about cars”.