Trends and evolutions
The state of Cleantech in Flanders
Trends in the Flemish cleantech ecosystem are assessed by considering in total 1980 actors. For this year’s edition, the analysis is based on data published on 1/11/2021, capturing the year 2020. The number of actors considered in this study has increased (1503 actors in 2020 to 1980 in 2021). Steps have been taken to ensure that the comparisons remain relevant.
The classification in 4 membership types and 9 main domains (see chapter ‘Ecosystem’) has been retained to allow general comparisons across the sectors and previous reports. An exception is made for the analysis of the innovation of the sector. Here the subdomains for battery and green hydrogen technology is given special attention, given the topical relevance.
Different from previous iterations, this annual returning chapter has been expanded to take a closer look at the investments made into cleantech.
Project manager Cleantech Flanders
A major activity of Cleantech Flanders is to inform on developments in the cleantech ecosystem for a multitude of domains: renewable energy, energy efficiency, bio-based and circular economy, mobility and transport, food and agro, sustainable materials, air, soil and water. Backed by a number of experts, Cleantech Flanders keeps you up to date with latest trends and evolutions in cleantech that we publish annually.
Cleantech Flanders continuously builds the Flemish cleantech community and offers a platform for promoting and stimulating innovation and accelerating implementation of clean technologies in society. Amongst others by overviewing the ecosystem, we can bring partners in touch with like-minded actors in our community.
Cleantech Flanders helps to upscale the cleantech business internationally of Flemish cleantech companies. It does so by representing the Flemish cleantech community abroad and by taking part in international events and trade missions, in many cases in collaboration with other actors like Flanders Investment&Trade.
CLEANTECH HEROES: 3 LAUREATEN 2021
To increase awareness about cleantech solutions, Cleantech Flanders introduced the first ‘Cleantech Heroes’ in 2021. Flemish companies within the network of Cleantech Flanders who develop and market innovative cleantech solutions can register to be selected as Cleantech Hero within their domain. The positive impact (in Flanders and beyond) of these cleantech companies must be clearly verifiable. The TRL level of their cleantech solution, the link to the SDGs and the company’s potential to be an ‘ambassador’ of the Flemish cleantech in Belgium and abroad are a few of the selection criteria to obtain the prestigious Cleantech Hero label. Companies that win the award, gain momentum during a whole year. The Cleantech Heroes can wear the label for a full year and receive promotional support through Cleantech Flanders channels. Permanent jury members of this election are Dirk Fransaer (CEO VITO), Frans Snijkers (Director Cleantech Flanders) and Claire Tillekaerts (CEO Flanders Investment & Trade). For each category of the Cleantech Hero the permanent jury will be assisted by a number of guest jury members with expertise in the specific domain.