Combining forces for sustainable development in the North Sea
Colruyt Group is a co-founder of and driving force behind the Blauwe Cluster (Blue Cluster). This association is the reference for sustainable development in the Belgian North Sea, with a focus on ecological coastal protection, balanced seafood and renewable energy. Participation in this initiative offers us many opportunities for renewing our product range and making it me sustainable.
The Blue Cluster (Blauwe Cluster) is primarily a think tank and innovation platform for sustainable development in the Belgian North Sea. It is a partnership of private companies (from SMEs to major industrial players), the seaports, the relevant authorities and knowledge institutions including VLIZ (Flanders Marine Institute). The Blue Cluster allows these parties to combine forces to start, facilitate and coordinate projects within the ‘blue economy’.
The association was officially recognised as a ‘spearhead cluster’ by the Flemish government (Vlaio, the Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship Agency) mid 2018. The platform received additional resources and is now the central point of contact for anyone who wants to undertake sustainable development in the North Sea. This recognition has given the platform a boost and has provided a broadly supported vision for the maritime challenges of the future.
With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.