CleanTech Flanders:
Ecosystem Analysis

Cleantech Flanders, powered by VITO, published the Cleantech Report 2023, which provides a complete overview of the Flemish CleanTech ecosystem, its impact, opportunities and challenges for the future. More and more companies and organisations are endorsing the demand for sustainability. The application of CleanTech, short for clean technologies, accelerates the transition to a more sustainable world by contributing to a cleaner environment and significant energy savings.


DataScouts joined forces with Cleantech Flanders for the data mining and economic analysis as input for the development of the final report. 

The DataScouts Market & Competitive Intelligence Platform was used to map the landscape, create an accurate business profile of all relevant players, and collect relevant business metrics to analyse the economic impact generated by Cleantech providers and pioneers over the last 10 years.

“For the 4th year in a row, Cleantech Flanders successfully collaborated with DataScouts to map the trends and evolutions in the Flemish cleantech ecosystem. The DataScouts platform has again proved to be a valuable tool for providing the dataset based on our taxonomy. A great deal of involvement and close cooperation have led to the timely realization of Cleantech Flanders’ annual report.” Frans Snijkers , Director Cleantech Flanders


Cleantech is not a traditional sector, it is cross-sectorial and plays a role in various (industrial) domains, covering energy, circular economy, mobility, air, water, and soil. Cleantech produces products, processes, and services that improve both operational and environmental performance. Moreover, Cleantech is often implemented by traditional players in their ambition to reduce their carbon footprint and counter climate change.

The ecosystem analysis requires understanding relationships and impacts beyond the boundaries of one company. DataScouts allows to look at actors from multiple perspectives, to gather structured and non-structured information, and to analyze multiple dimensions to understand how they contribute and create value in the Cleantech ecosystem.


The starting point of the exercise was the definition of the taxonomy, the dimensions defining the ecosystem, i.e. the actors, their activities and the role they play in the ecosystem. The classification of CleanTech was defined in close collaboration between Cleantech Flanders and the DataScouts team to ensure a clear and common understanding.

The most crucial step of the project was mapping the ecosystem, i.e. developing the directory of relevant actors. Based upon existing databases from former research combined with desktop research and a deep analysis of patent publications by companies bases in Flanders, the ultimate list of technology providers, enablers and adopters was created.

Building an accurate profile of all actors is made possible by setting up an automatic data stream, aggregating information from multiple data sources. This is where the DataScouts Monitoring platform makes continuous market research more efficient. DataScouts allows to automatically gather and aggregate a wide range of data points such as financial performance, investments & funding, shareholders, company size, locations, target market, etc. The bottom-up analysis allows turning individual company information in a landscape view, to identify trends and relationships in the ecosystem.

Understanding the dynamics of an ecosystem requires an understanding of relationships. Within DataScouts, we mapped connections between the members of CleanTech Flanders and other spearhead clusters that embrace innovation and value clean technologies and circularity, including Catalisti, SIM Flanders, Flux 50, Flander’s Food and the Blue Cluster.

The analysis of patents in CleanTech domains resulted in an additional dimension, mapping the innovation hotspots in the CleanTech ecosystem.


Our analysis provided a solid basis for CleanTech Flanders to write its fourth annual report, further building on the data and capabilities we built together since the first report back in 2019 . The results were made available to CleanTech Flanders via the Datascouts Platform, the starting point for continuous monitoring of the companies’ ecosystem. The methodology we developed for the enrichment and classification guarantees continuity for future reports.

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