What direction is Flanders taking with regard to food, space, mobility and energy? The classic environmental policy has met its borders. Several environmental indicators improve, though various positive trends also attenuate. Other indicators illustrate the impact on people, nature and economy. Additionally, megatrends such as demographic changes, increasing shortages in resources and climate change put our social systems to a challenge. To enable the transition towards a more sustainable Flanders, we need a system approach. This method looks into the behaviour of substantial social systems in transition and develops integrated solutions on a system level.
The ‘Milieuverkenning 2018’ performs a thorough analysis of the energy, mobility and food system. A wide range of solutions and innovations, with their environmental impact and possible tradeoffs and cobenefits, are reviewed. Doing so, specific attention is given to the Flemish environment, which, as a supporting and resilient platform, will have to facilitate several social transitions. The observations and insights provided by this report function as a scientifically based inspiration for policy makers and all social actors involved to shape the transition towards a sustainable society.
How was this document established?
The ‘Milieuverkenning 2018’ was based on several scientific studies. EnergyVille/VITO was responsible for the documents ‘Solution directions for the energy system’ and ‘Towards effective diagnostics of changing systems’. The report ‘Solution directions for the energy system’ investigates solutions to make our energy system more sustainable. ‘Towards effective diagnostics of changing systems’ provides further insights from a general expertise on the behaviour of systems, both to better understand the development of systems and further provide action prospects.