Indicator 11. Amount of end-of-life materials processed in the port area

What this indicator counts

The indicator relates to the processing of end-of-life (EOL) material. Here, processing does not only pertain to recycling but also encompasses other R-levels such as remanufacturing or repair. The indicator includes internal processing for internal reuse. Material, water, energy and CO2 are prepared to be used as a new input.

The indicator can be categorized into: a) material, b) water, c) energy, d) CO2. Refers to the output material of the process.

Link to a (sample) matching strategic goal

  • “Collection and processing of secondary resources (Port of Brussels –  Masterplan 2040)
  • ”Building innovative sorting and recycling capacity in Belgium” (Port of Antwerp – OVAM  Agreement, 2021-2023).

How data are collected and processed

At present, the only way to collect the necessary data is through annual surveys conducted by the PMBs with port companies. Here, each port company is asked how much of each component (a), (b), (c) and (d) is processed in their company. These values can then be summated to provide a value for each of the four components of Indicator #11.

Current limitations

Accurate data is not always available and some companies have the abide by strict confidentiality policies.

The count is restricted to the port area, a legally defined territory which is under the management of the Port Authority (PA) or Port Management Body (PMB). For example, the boundaries of the Flemish ports are determined by a decision of the Flemish Government.

Where to start and the perspectives to improve

From 2023 onwards, OVAM will be able to provide the necessary data from their MATIS system (MATerials Information System, on the level of the Flanders Region). All waste processing companies will be obliged to report to OVAM how much waste they process. This data will therefore be available through OVAM.

However, internal processing for internal use is not included in this reporting system and must therefore be added through manual reporting via an annual survey.