What do we see?
Although we saw a clear increase in sustainable water consumption between 2013 and 2017, that figure dropped again in 2018. This was due to the dry summer that year. As there was less rainwater available, more groundwater had to be used.
What’s the aim?
In a circular economy, we want to increase the amount of sustainable water consumption. By taking a sustainable approach to this raw material, we can guarantee its continued availability. This will also allow us to limit the negative impact on the natural water cycle.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator shows how much of the Flemish agricultural sector’s water consumption comes from sustainable sources. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries calculates this figure by adding up the total amount of rainwater, 80% of the surface water and 50% of the shallow groundwater and then dividing that number by the total water consumption.