VITO, vision on technology

VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) is a leading European independent research and consultancy centre in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today.

Sustainable chemistry, energy, health, materials management and land use: these are the five topics VITO focuses on. These topics have been set out in five research programmes. They offer an answer to the challenges that mankind and society are confronted with today and in the future. Each programme builds up a strong base of knowledge and skill, with added value for industry and society. The result is new and innovative research and a comprehensive range of scientific services.

In VITO's five areas of expertise, a societal transition is taking place or is urgently needed. Smart grids, intensive re-use of resources, a bio-based economy, all these developments require new and better sustainable technologies, as well as a change in mindset. That's why VITO is working hard on sustainability and transition thinking as binding factors between the five research programmes.

VITO supplies innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage, and advises industry and governments on determining their policy for the future.

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Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA)

In April 2010 VITO launched Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA) as a free and open initiative to all cleantech stakeholders in Flanders, with special focus on the Cleantech industry. FCA represents the innovative cleantech companies in Flanders, which is located in the heart of Europe, and well known as the host region to the second largest chemical cluster in the world.

Topics covered are (1) sustainable energy, (2) sustainable chemicals, processes and materials, (3) transport and mobility, (4) urban development and sustainable construction, (5) rural development such as sustainable agriculture, and (6) air/water/waste/soil remediation.

FCA’s companies are constantly looking for industrial and commercial partnerships to build win-win solutions for industry, organisations and governments, which aim to accelerate the transition to a sustainable industry and society, and to yield ecologic and economic benefits. FCA provides them with a platform for international exposure.

FCA-companies can be grouped in 6 powerful Flemish cleantech sub-clusters:

  • W3 – Wind Water Wave
  • Bio-Economy Valley around the Port of Ghent
  • Sustainable Chemistry cluster around the Port of Antwerp
  • Smart Landfill & Urban Mining, Waste-to-Energy and Waste-to-Materials
  • Energy-Efficiency for Smart Buildings & Cities
  • Living Labs on Smart Mobility

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