Belgium scraps tax breaks for energy savings

Officials negotiating the creation of a new Belgian government have decided to scrap tax breaks for energy savings from January 2012. The decision has been criticised by NGOs and builders' association Confédération Construction.

Existing tax breaks apply to measures such as the replacement of old boilers and the installation of solar panels, geothermal equipment and double-glazing windows in homes. Households can deduct up to 40% of the costs they have incurred.

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