Our Approach / Strategic Agendas
Manufacturing industry

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The transition to a more circular economy is urgent and necessary. Difficult access to certain raw materials, or even their depletion, and sharply rising and volatile raw material prices, are major challenges. By focusing on circular strategies, the manufacturing industry will make an important contribution to reducing this material footprint. Indeed, making materials accounts for around a third of CO2 emissions.

The circular transition simultaneously offers many opportunities for the manufacturing industry. A thriving manufacturing industry is an important lever for a prosperous Flanders.

Assets of Flanders

Flanders has a number of assets to become a circular leader. We have:

A strongly embedded manufacturing industry
A built-up social economy that works well with it
Strong knowledge institutions
An extensive logistics network
A large number of civil initiatives and organisations committed to circular strategies
Broad network of waste collection and sorting