The Green-Deal Method

Sustainable Development Goal(s): 3. Good health9. Innovation and infrastructure11. Sustainable cities and communities12. Responsible consumption and production17. Partnerships for the goals

Priorities for change: MobilityEnergyFoodCircular EconomyBiodiversity
The Green-Deal Method

Does your company want to set up a concrete sustainability project that focuses on a specific topic? Do check whether you are eligible to join one of our Green Deals!

A Green Deal is a voluntary agreement between (private) partners, civil society and the (national or regional) government to set up a green project together. Through Green Deals, the Government of Flanders wants to unite a wide range of actors to tackle complex problems in society, as these often require innovative solutions. Together, Green-Deal partners identify (legal) barriers that prevent us from solving these problems. They then undertake all kinds of actions to overcome these challenges and barriers.

A Green-Deal agreement functions as a lever for other, future initiatives. It contains a clear role division, describes expected results and links those results to actions and a timeline.

Our role

Within the context of its Change work, The Shift has contributed to the founding of several Green Deals in Flanders over the past few years. We are also involved in the first Green Deal in Wallonia: the Green Deal Cantines Durables. Our role has mainly been to recruit partners and increase visibility of these initiatives.

Benefits for the participants

Each Green-Deal signatory is asked to define several concrete actions they plan to undertake. Combining all these individual actions ensures we achieve maximum collective impact. Throughout the project, we share best practices and inspiring ideas with all participants. That allows us to learn more about any obstacles, so we can overcome them together.


Green Deal Sustainable Canteens
Because sustainable food is important, The Shift supports the Green Deal Cantines Durables, an innovative partnership that brings together more than 250 actors in Wallonia.
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Green Deal Shared Mobility
Flanders' first-ever Green Deal. United by this agreement, more than one hundred organisations are taking action to make shared mobility the new norm.
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Green Deal Companies and Biodiversity
Respecting biodiversity creates many advantages for companies. By participating in this Green Deal, you can discover how investing in biodiversity can benefit your organisation’s employees, customers and brand, both in the short and long run.
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Green Deal Sustainable City Logistics
Sustainable logistics make our cities more liveable. Through this Green Deal, we want to work with governments, logistics service providers and other actors to make deliveries in our city centres emissions-free.
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Green Deal Circular Procurement
Circular procurement is a new purchasing method for companies, which respects people, planet and the cash in your pocket. Because actions speak louder than words, Flanders Circular set up a Green Deal Circular Procurement in 2017, in cooperation with The Shift, the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) and the Union for a Better Environment (Bond Beter Leefmilieu). More than one hundred organisations have committed to starting circular-procurement projects. In 2019, another Green Deal Circular Procurement will be launched in Wallonia.
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Green Deal Circular Construction
About 30 to 40% of our waste comes from construction. The way we build and live also has a major impact on our ecological footprint. To change that, a Green Deal Circular Construction will be launched in February 2019. Through this Green Deal, construction companies, manufacturers of construction materials, local and regional governments, private contractors, researchers and other actors can cooperate with the government to make circular construction a daily reality in Flanders.

Editor: Pantarein