National Plan on Sustainable Development

Last updated: 5 November 2017
The National Plan for Sustainable Development, finalized in 1998 and entering into force in 1999, lays out a strategy for sustainable development in the different economic areas of Luxembourg.
The Plan strives to:
Achieve 20% reduction in energy intensity between 1993 and 2010.;
Balance environmental protection and economic growth;
Promote renewable energy and energy efficient technologies;
Promote human behavior compatible with the objectives;

In order to achieve above target, wide range of measures are being outlined in the Plan. Main energy efficiency measures by sector are as follow:
Energy efficiency measures per sector
Introduces an energy tax compatible with EU regulations[1];
To favor the use of the best available technology;
To increase information and dissemination efforts;
To favor investments for energy savings;
Creation of the fund supporting deployment of renewable energies.
To improve the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings;
To reach a 30% reduction between 1990 and 2020 in the energy consumed to heat a constant surface in buildings.
To set annual taxes on vehicles according to their fuel consumption and emissions to encourage the purchase of less polluting vehicles;
To increase by 30% the share of public transport use for medium-length distances between 1997 and 2010;
To reduce the use of transport and to reduce travel distances;
To link Luxembourg rail network to the high-speed rail network and to improve international railway connections.

[1] Embodied in Directives 2003/55/EC and 2003/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council Concerning Common Rules for the Internal Market in Natural Gas and Electricity