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).

What is the Flemish Material Programme?

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.

The Flemish waste, material and soil sector is among the best in Europe, both on a policy level and on a technological level. This can partially be attributed to the view of OVAM as policy organiser and the expertise of VITO regarding sustainable innovations.
Jorn Verbeeck
Transition Manager Sustainable Material Management at OVAM