Suburban neighborhood in UK. Photo: CHUNYIP WONG/Getty Images

If public sector organizations begin to prefer environmentally friendly and circular products and services, it would be possible to significantly influence the market and move faster towards climate neutrality and more sustainable use of resources. Public procurement is a powerful tool for using public money in an efficient, economical and strategic way and for accelerating the movement towards a more sustainable future.

This event focused on how to incorporate circular economy principles and criteria on the strategic level. More precisely, how to promote circular procurement as an established practice of the procurement procedures in municipalities and towns.

The conference “Enhancing circular procurement practices on the local level” took place on the 25th of January at 10 am (EET) in Kalev Spa Hotel (Aia 18, Tallinn, Estonia) and online.

Presented slides are added behind each presentation in the agenda below.

Agenda

The event will take place in EET/GMT+2 timezone.

Moderator: Evelin Piirsalu (SEI Tallinn)

9.45-10.00 Registration/logging in to the system

10.00-10.05 Welcome (Kaupo Heinma, Estonian Ministry of the Environment)

10.05-10.10 Opening words (Evelin Piirsalu, SEI Tallinn)

10.10-10.30 Developments in green and circular public procurement in the EU (Ivan Azevedo de Jesus, DG Environment, European Commission) Find the presentation here.

10.30-10.40 Circular public procurement in Estonia (Karen Silts, Estonian Ministry of the Environment) Find the presentation here.

10.40-11.00 Overview of the Interreg Europe programme (Anne Rocheteau, Interreg Europe Joint Secretariat) Find the presentation here.

11.00-11.15 CircPro project at a glance (Marina Sorokina, Kouvola Innovation Oy, Finland) Find the presentation here.

11.15-11.30 Coffee break

Strategic results of the project in the partner regions: impact on regional policy documents, capacity building measures, examples of circular procurement cases

11.30-11.40 Incorporating circular public procurement into policy documents in Kymenlaakso (Marina Sorokina, Kouvola Innovation Oy, Finland) Find the presentation here.

11.40-11.50 Advancing the circular economy through procurement in the construction of the rail and road terminal in the City of Kouvola (Tero Valtonen, City of Kouvola, Finland) Find the presentation here.

11.50-12.00 Circular procurement action plan, follow-up and results (Alf Kristian Enger, Elverum Municipality, Norway) Find the presentation here.

12.00-12.10 Circular procurement policy implementation in Estonia (Harri Moora, SEI Tallinn, Estonia) Find the presentation here.

12.10-12.20 The impact of the CircPro project implementation in the Zagreb County region (Viktorija Roncevic, Development Agency of Zagreb County region, Croatia) Find the presentation here.

12.20-12.30 From good practices to regional action plan (Anna Caputano, Piedmonte region, Italy) Find the presentation here. 

12.30-12.40 The impact of the CircPro project in Alentejo (Rosa Onofre, Commission for regional development and coordination of Alentejo, Portugal) Find the presentation here.

12.40-12.50 Circular economy: closing the loop – a Bulgarian action plan for the circular public procurement (Maria Palakarkina, Bulgarian Association of Recycling, Bulgaria) Find the presentation here.

12.50-13.00 The green procurement in Portugal (Ana Santos, Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente, IP, Portugal) Find the presentation here.

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.10 CircPro Action Plan in Andalusia (Francisco Solano Cobos, Andalusia, Spain) Find the presentation here.

14.10-14.20 Smart specialization and national circular economy action plan in Lithuania (Juste Rakstyte-Hoimian and Karolina Kuzmarskyte, Lithuanian Innovation Centre) Find the presentation here.

14.20-14.30 Greek Action Plan for GPP – REMTH´s Action Plan for CircPro project (Giannis Tziagkalos RDF EMTH, Greece) Find the presentation here.

Circular procurement at different governance levels – challenges and future needs

14.30-14.45 Circular and digital challenges for future procurement (Prof. Gabriella M. Racca, University of Turin, Italy) Find the presentation here.

14.45-15.45 Panel discussion (moderator Harri Moora)

15.45-16.00 Wrapping up