Circular Flanders is the hub and the inspiration for the Flemish circular economy. It is a partnership of governments, companies, civil society, and the knowledge community that will take action together. These organisations are the core of our partnership. Each one has committed to carrying out a specific action.
The Government of Flanders has set the circular economy as one of the seven transition priorities and appointed the OVAM (the Public Waste Agency of Flanders) as the initiator of Circular Flanders. The operational team, which is responsible for the day-today operation, is embedded in the OVAM.
Circular Flanders is the result of the merger of Plan C, the Flanders’ Materials Programme and SuMMa. The Government of Flanders has set the circular economy as one of the seven transition priorities in its transversal policy paper, “Vision 2050, a long-term strategy for Flanders” and appointed us to continue the circular economy as a transition priority. We are embedded in the OVAM, the motor for the transition to a circular economy.
Encouraging a circular economy, requires action on many fronts simultaneously. Cooperation and shared commitments from our partners – both public and private – is crucial here. We bring a variety of partners together to tackle the challenges of the circular economy.
...with six core activities
We bring a variety of partners together to tackle the challenges of the circular economy.
We ask targeted, policy-relevant research questions and share the knowledge we acquire.
We encourage and speed up innovation and entrepreneurship towards the circular economy using targeted tools.
We assist pioneers and pragmatic go-getters.
We focus on aligning and connecting with the various policy agendas that are relevant for the circular economy at the local, Flemish, federal, and European/international level.
We ensure that the principals and best practices of the circular economy are utilised and embedded within the Flemish companies, civil society organisations, education, local administrations, and citizens.
We work on three pillars
Key to our approach are several pillars with a great deal of potential and which bridge and bring together different sectors. For 2017-2018, these are circular purchasing, the circular city, and running circular businesses. We will be proactively working with partners and projects on these pillars.
We want to promote circular purchasing projects and develop, share, and disseminate knowledge of circular purchasing within a learning network. We are aiming at the structural integration of circular thinking within the purchasing processes of governments and companies in the medium term. In concrete terms, this ambition translates into the organization of the Green Deal Circular Purchasing.
In the medium term, we want to embed the circular economy in the minds and actions of urban administrators, citizens, and entrepreneurs. We want to provide Flemish cities with a connective story in which they can each make their own mark.
We want to give wings to the circular initiatives of civil society and citizens. By supporting them, connecting them, and giving them visibility.
Running Circular Businesses
In the medium term, we want to bring the circular economy right out onto the company floor in a significant portion of Flemish businesses.
In 2006, at the initiative of the OVAM, a small group of committed people were brought together to discuss the necessity of making our materials management more sustainable. From 2006 to 2012, this group was a thinktank and informal network in the heart of the OVAM: Plan C, the Flemish Transition Network for Sustainable Materials Management. This group made great contributions to the first change in mentality among a broader group of stakeholders: the emphasis was no longer on looking for ways to limit waste, but rather on dealing with materials in a more intelligent way, including manufacturing and consuming differently.
Plan C, the research support centre for sustainable materials management (SuMMa), and Agenda 2020 were then brought together under the umbrella of the Flanders’ Materials Programme (VMP) as three complementary pillars. The many achievements and specific projects that were set up and carried out from 2012 to 2015 under the umbrella of the Flanders’ Materials Programme must therefore also be seen as the first step towards a circular economy in Flanders.. Based on this vision, Flanders has also established quite a nice series of accomplishments. In early 2016, the OVAM received the Circular Awards for the work that it has done together with all the stakeholders in the Flanders’ Materials Programme.