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Cookie policy

G-STIC, which is also responsible for coordinating the Flanders International Climate Action Programme, was established by VITO. VITO is responsible for protecting the data processed under the Flanders International Climate Action Programme, particularly personal data.

The use of cookies by VITO forms part of the general policy of VITO regarding the protection of your privacy and the processing of your personal data. Further information in this regard and an overview of your rights in connection with this can be found in the privacy policy.

This cookie policy applies to all websites and apps of VITO NV, with its registered office in Mol, Boeretang 200, RPR Turnhout VAT BE 0244.195.916 (hereinafter referred to as "VITO"). This cookie policy was most recently modified and revised on 31 May 2021.

What are cookies?

"Cookies" are small data files that are temporarily or permanently stored on your computer or device by a website's server via the browser. The cookies contain a unique code that allows your browser to be recognised during your visit to this website (this is a "session" cookie) or even during later visits or later use (this is a "permanent" cookie).

Cookies make it possible to simplify the use of the website, use the full website and personalise your use.

Why do we use cookies?

The VITO websites use different types of cookies.

Necessary & functional cookies

Necessary cookies are essential for visiting the websites and for being able to use specific parts of these. For example, these cookies allow you to navigate between the different parts of the websites, or to complete forms. These cookies are created when you submit a form, log in or communicate with the websites in a manner other than clicking on a hyperlink.

Functional cookies are the cookies that make it easier for the websites to function, make them more pleasant for you and ensure that you receive a more personalised experience when surfing the web. These include, for example, the cookies that remember your language preference, as well as the cookies that keep track of whether you have already been asked to take part in a survey so that you are not constantly presented with the same survey.

Analytical cookies

Analytical cookies gather information regarding the way in which visitors use the websites, such as information regarding the pages visited or the number of error messages received, with the aim of analysing and optimising use of the websites.

Which cookies do we use?

You can find an overview of the cookies used by VITO and third-party service providers below. This overview of cookies was most recently revised on the date stated above in this cookie policy. Future cookies that are used on the websites will, where necessary, be added to the following overview.

Necessary & functional cookies

The first-party cookies, namely the cookies that are placed by VITO itself, are as follows:

  • cookie-agreed: this cookie is required in order to keep track of whether we are permitted to place additional cookies on your device. 
    [storage period: 2 weeks without an agreement - 2 years with an agreement]
  • cookie-changed-yymmdd: when we update our cookie policy we need this cookie to ask for your consent again.
    [storage period: 2 years]
  • language: saves your language choice.
    [storage period: 2 years]
  • has_js: this cookie looks to see whether you have JavaScript.
    [storage period: for the duration of the session]
  • TSxxxxxxxx: safety checks to ensure that cookies are being used correctly between your device and our server.
    More information can be found at: 
    [storage period: for the duration of the session]
Analytical and marketing cookies

Only once you have consented to the use of optional cookies the following cookies will be activated:

  • _ga, _gid: user visits to are measured via Google Analytics in order to optimise the information offered on Google Analytics is set up in such a way that no details are shared.
    [storage period: 2 years]
  • __ss_tk, __ss, __ss_referrer, koitk: we use SharpSpring for web forms. These data are not shared with third parties. Surf behavior is tracked via SharpSpring to better tailor the information on our websites to our website visitors.
    [storage period: 10 years]
  • _hjIncludedInSample: we use Hotjar cookies to analyze information on your surfing behavior and computer mouse movements. Please consult the Hotjar cookie policy for more information on these cookies.
  • _clck, _clsk, CLID: we use Clarity cookies to analyze information on your surfing behavior and computer mouse movements. Please consult the Clarity Cookie list for more information on these cookies.
  • LC1: To monitor our ads and conversions from Linked-In we use the LinkedIn Insight tag.
    [To opt-out please see
  • We use Google ads (DoubleClick) to optimize our advertising. Please consult the google ad policies for more information.
  • fbevents.js: to monitor our campaigns and conversions from Facebook we use the Facebook pixel. The facebook pixel is only used on our website. Other apps and websites of VITO don't use this cookie.
    [To opt-out please see

Managing or deleting cookies

If you decide you would prefer not to be recognised, you can delete cookies from your computer's hard drive via your internet browser, block these or choose to receive a warning before cookies are stored.

If you would prefer cookies not to have access to your computer, an option to switch these cookies off can be found in all standard browsers. This may mean that you will not be able to use some services on the website.

In order to switch these options on, you will need to read your browser's documentation.

If you would like to know more about cookies, visit the website This website provides additional information regarding cookies, explains in detail how you can delete the cookies you find and shows you how to allow your trusted websites to store cookies on your computer.