Together with 230 other participating public and private organisations, VITO kicked off the Green Deal Circular Construction on 22 February. VITO signs this Green Deal as OnePlanet@VITO to formulate its own commitment to support the transition to a circular construction sector in Flanders.

Agnes Bosmans - Director HR & General Services

More than 60 % of our CO2 emission is related to the materials we use. The circular economy offers solutions to reduce the impact. For the construction sector, this means reuse and maximum high-quality recycling of building materials, focus on change-oriented construction, optimal use of space and extending the life span of buildings and their materials, etc.

In order to have a circular economy by 2050, in which raw material cycles are closed, we need other products, services and revenue models. A close collaboration between companies, governments, research centres and citizens can realise this. That is why Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Agriculture Koen Van den Heuvel, together with Circular Flanders, the Flemish Confederation Construction and OVAM is launching this Green Deal Circular Construction.

VITO signs this Green Deal Circular Construction as OnePlanet@VITO to formulate its own commitment to support the transition to a circular construction sector in Flanders. VITO has one year (until the start of 2020) to formulate its own commitment, and does this, for example, by deploying the expertise VITO has as a knowledge institution.

In addition, VITO (in collaboration with WTCB, UHasselt and VUB) is coordinating the living lab circular construction which is part of the Green Deal. With this goal in mind, VITO will focus on defining transition-oriented actions/experiments, guiding them and carrying out supporting research.