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 (https://www.health.belgium.be/en/environment) 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:

Chemical substances and products: 

  • www.ecolabel.be (FR/NL/DE) about the European Ecolabel and the various product groups with the Ecolabel
  • ​www.lireavantutilisation.be (NL) on the new hazard symbols for household chemicals and tips on how to use these products safely
  • www.sauvelemoji.be (NL) a game that teaches youngsters aged between 12 and 16 about the new hazard symbols on chemical products
  • www.pneusconseils.be (NL) on the European label for tyres, as well as advice on how to choose them;
  • www.biocide.be with among others a list of the authorised biocides on the Belgian market
  • www.reachinbelgium.be on the European Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) and the different stakeholders involved;
  • www.helpdeskdppc.be: website for companies that manufacture chemical substances, biocides and products or place them on the market

Climate change: 

  • https://climat.be (NL): examines the causes and consequences of climate change, current policies, the situation and trends in Belgium, and possible solutions; the subsite ‘2050’ presents Belgium’s transition to a carbon neutral society by 2050 (https://climat.be/2050)
  • http://webtool.my2050.be: an interactive online educational webtool for 16 to 18 year olds to build their own scenario for the transition to a low carbon society in 2050
  • https://ecoleduclimat.be (NL): an educational platform to raise awareness of climate change issues among youngsters, with two subsites: ​​
  •  www.energivores.be (NL): calculation module to quantify and reduce energy consumption in the home (modules on insulation, lighting, appliances). An electronic guide allowing you to compare, among other things, models of all the cars available on the Belgian market according to their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is available (www.energivores.be/voiture (NL). 
  • www.climateregistry.be on the Belgian National Greenhouse Gas Registry, a protected electronic database that allows the online trading of emission allowances within the European Union

 Websites developed by the Climate Change Service on behalf of:
1/ The National Climate Commission (federal government + 3 regions):

  • https://www.cnc-nkc.be: website of the National Climate Commission
  • https://www.adapt2climate.be: this national portal aims to make available existing information on climate change impacts, vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation in Belgium

​2/ The National Climate Commission + CONCERE/ENOVER (consultation between the federal state and the regions on energy matters):

Biodiversity:

Marine environment:

Others:

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.