Using electronic tools (e.g. via websites), administrations must provide a certain amount of basic information that is essential for the public, for example:

  • the texts of international treaties, federal legislation, policies, plans and programmes.
  • the information needed in the event of an emergency or imminent threat to the environment and human health

Which websites?

This site ( contains information on DG Environment's areas of activity, such as chemicals, biodiversity, climate, electromagnetic fields, the North Sea and so on.

There are also websites (of DG Environment alone or in collaboration with other relevant bodies) on specific topics:

  • (FR/NL/DE) on the European ecolabel and the product categories that can receive the ecolabel;
  • (NL) on the new hazard symbols for household chemicals and tips on how to use these products safely;
  • (NL) on the European label for tyres, as well as advice on how to choose them;
  • (NL): calculation module to quantify and reduce energy consumption in the home (modules on insulation, lighting, appliances and cars);
  • (NL): electronic guide to all the cars available on the Belgian market. This allows you to compare models according to their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions;
  • (NL) on climate and climate change, the Kyoto Protocol and its implementation in Belgium. It also offers practical advice to citizens;
  • an interactive and educational web tool for creating your own low carbon scenario for 2050;
  • on the Belgian National Greenhouse Gas Registry, a protected electronic database that allows the online trading of emission allowances within the European Union;
  • (FR/NL): virtual learning environment for the second and third levels of secondary education;
  • (NL) on biodiversity, with biodiversity tips, games and educational products;
  • (NL): website with educational material on biodiversity;
  • (FR/NL/DE) gives access to 1,001 actions that help protect biodiversity;
  • on the European Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) and the different stakeholders involved;
  • on alternatives for invasive plants;
  • Belgian portal site on the National Environment and Health Action Plan (NEHAP);
  • Belgian portal site on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Belgium.

However, the public as a whole does not have access to information disseminated via the Internet. Consequently, DG Environment also ensures that information is disseminated in the form of publications, brochures, leaflets, etc. to ensure that it reaches the widest possible audience.

The Federal Environment Report

DG Environment must prepare a regular Federal Environment Report to ensure access to environmental information. The provisions are described in the Royal Decree of 28 September 2007 on the modalities for the preparation of the federal report on the environment.