A consortium of 15 Flemish knowledge and research partners advocates for sustainable material management through the Flemish Material Programme (Vlaams Materialenprogramma, VMP). In the VMP, VITO works closely with the Public Flemish Waste Company (Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij, OVAM).
To streamline the multitude of public and private initiatives on sustainable material use in Flanders, OVAM launched the public-private Flemish Material Programme in 2012.
The Flemish Material Programme combines ambitious long-term visions, policy-relevant research and initiatives in the field. This happens respectively through Plan C, the Support centre Sustainable Material Use (Steunpunt Duurzaam Materiaalbeheer, SuMMa) and the Flemish Material Programme Agenda 2020, three pillars which reinforce each other. VITO is a key partner in SuMMa.