Indicator 8. Share of area for circular activities in the port area

What this indicator measures


Link to a (sample) matching strategic goal

  •  “Assignment of land will be more targeted” (Port of Antwerp – Business Plan 2018-2020).
  • “Concessions (land) are given to CE activities” (Port of Oostende – Annual Report 2021)
  • Use available space along Boudewijnkanaal to attract, amongst others niche players in the CE” (Port of Zeebugge – Policy Plan 2030)
  • By 2025, have a cluster area of 150ha available for CE projects” (North Sea Port: Connect 2025 – Strategic Plan 2021-2025

How data are collected and managed

For concessionaires whose activities are all circular ones, the calculation is rather straightforward as the whole plot area can be included. However, for plots where circular activities are only a part of the activities taking place, it is suggested to ask the various companies during annual surveys how much area (in % and in hectares) they estimate is allocated to their CE activities.

Current limitations

It is difficult to accurately identify the space of circular activities for plots on which non-circular as well as circular activities take place.

The measurement 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

For plots where circular activities are only a part of the activities, it is suggested to ask the different companies during the annual surveys about their estimate of the area (in % or hectares) allocated to circular activities.