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Eco-vouchers encourage sustainable consumption, including second-hand and refurbished goods

Country: 
Belgium
Start/End date: 
20 Feb 2009
Ongoing: 
Yes

Eco-vouchers were introduced in Belgium by the social partners through collective agreement. Eco-vouchers can only be used to purchase, in Belgium, environmentally-friendly goods and services included in an exhaustive list annexed to that agreement. That list contains 3 categories:

  1. Ecological Goods & Services
  2. Sustainable Mobility & Leisure
  3. Re-use, recycling, repair and waste prevention

The eco-vouchers can also be used for purchasing re-used, recycled products or products made from recycled or biodegradable materials, second-hand products or repaired goods, rechargeable batteries or eco-friendly lamps. Maintenance and repairing costs can also be paid with eco-vouchers.

Every two years, the list of eligible products is evaluated to keep up with ecological developments. Eco-vouchers are issued by Belgian firms through a voucher issuer (represented by Vouchers Issuers Association). Currently, approximately 1.8 million employees receive eco-vouchers and 62% of eco-vouchers are distributed in electronic form. 

Communication actions are regularly organised and a dedicated website has been launched.

More information on the ecococheques scheme