What do we see?
In both residential (purple table) and non-residential (blue table) buildings, gas and fuel oil are the main sources of energy. In non-residential buildings, we see a slight decrease in the consumption of gas and fuel oil for heating in 2019, while the use of other sources of energy remains constant. After gas and fuel oil, biomass is the main energy source for non-residential buildings.
What’s the aim?
The material footprint indicates how much pressure our housing is putting on the environment. Although a large amount of material is needed for the construction of homes and other buildings, this material consumption does not stop once construction is complete.
Heating is one of the main reasons for the high material consumption of buildings during their use phase. Furthermore, the heating of buildings is also a major source of emissions.
In a circular economy, we want to reduce both emissions and material consumption. We therefore need to look for more efficient ways to heat buildings.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator shows the demand for heating in Flanders in 2015, and for both residential and non-residential buildings. The data relating to the residential buildings was made available by the Flanders Environment Agency and VITO, while the data for the tertiary sector comes from VEKA.