In a circular economy, your role as an authority shifts from being a regulator to being a facilitator. Instead of simply regulating waste streams, you try to encourage companies and consumers to handle materials in a more efficient manner. In order to make the right choices here, it is important to have a good insight into the current macroeconomic situation and to compare policy options in a scientific manner, in both ecological and economical terms. You can count on our assistance in this regard. We will offer you a deeper insight based on scientific analyses of the data available. We use our models to assess the impact that different policy options will have and help you make the right choices with an optimum ecological and economic balance.

Authorities play an important role in the transition to a circular economy. They help create the right conditions and support a series of initiatives that companies must implement in order to make the transition to a circular business model. We help authorities with scientifically sound analyses and modelling. Our way of thinking focuses on life-cycle thinking and an approach that uses the entire value chain of a product or service.

We apply our accrued knowledge when performing overview studies into waste management, sustainable materials management and the circular economy. In order to formulate practical and valuable advice, we use a series of analytical tools, such as LCA, LCC, MFA, etc.

Apart from microeconomic and technical research into the valorisation of waste streams, VITO also develops macroeconomic models that are used to provide policy advice. VITO was one of the co-creators of the Flemish input-output model (IO model). IO models include an economic and an ecological component. They provide policymakers with an insight into the (changing) structures of production, consumption, import/export and the contributions of the various sectors to added value and employment, but also to the overall environmental impact.

Your challenges

To understand the economic and ecological impact of different policy options.
To develop a waste policy for sustainable materials management.
To encourage the circular economy with effective policy.

How we can help you

Collecting, combining and analysing existing data concerning sustainable waste and materials management.
Evaluating different policy options based on scientifically substantiated methods.
Building macroeconomic models that offer insight into the contributions that different sectors make to added value, employment and environmental impact.
Providing an insight into how you can redirect waste streams and value chains.

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