Circular Port Monitor

The current momentum around circular economy monitoring and the evolving role of port managers (PMBs) in sustainability reporting is an excellent opportunity to clarify the direction in which this should be integrated into port performance systems. This is the time to establish the right framework and context to take incremental steps towards a mature circular economy monitoring system in port areas. This topic focuses not only on exploring and clarifying the challenge or simply gaining insights, but also on making these insights actionable.

How insights and first set of indicators were generated

The conceptualisation of circularity in ports (step 1) provided a first framework on which to build the research. Next, the development of the LONGLIST of indicators based on a review of resources and a cross-case analysis of port objectives (Step 2) provided the necessary inputs for the gap analyses (Step 3). Expert feedback cycles (step 4) resulted in the INTERIM SHORTLIST of indicators to be used in a try-out in a real port context (step 5), where the feasibility of the indicators was tested. After the roll-out, a FINAL SHORTLIST of 12 indicators was delivered, each of which was extensively tested for its relevance to the circular economy and ports, its link to port objectives and its feasibility.

Interested in the exploratory research?

The exploration is recorded in the form of a research notebook in which all the steps and findings of the exploration are carefully documented.

As such, it reads differently than a publication for a wide audience. Still, we want to be as transparent as possible in sharing this information. Therefore everything is open access under the CC BY-NC-ND license. You can request both the final report and the appendices by leaving your personal information.


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