Public procurement accounts for a large proportion of European consumption (nearly 20% of EU GDP). In circular economy, the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste is minimized. Public procurement has a major role to play in the transition towards a circular economy.
It is important and efficient to make the right choices early on in the product creation process, so that materials and components are suitable, at end-of-life, for repair or refurbishment and re-use, thus helping to close the materials loop. When circular economy principles and criteria are embedded into the procurement of products and/or services, and products will be further processed after use (repairable, reusable, modifiable, separable components and materials), they are called circular procurements.
The CircPro project aims to promote the transition to a more Circular Economy related national and regional decision making by increasing the implementation of the Circular Procurement.
The main existing barriers regarding implementation of the circular procurement are:
- general lack of knowledge and expertise
- procedural and legal barriers
- procurers´ preconceptions about using products which are made of recycled materials, as well as lack of them
12 partners from 10 EU regions and Norway will tackle these challenges by:
- identifying pilots and initiatives, main actors, organisations and networks that could promote the implementation of circular procurements
- identifying main legal and procedural challenges
- providing a meeting place and enhancing a dialogue between procurers and suppliers (both groups are represented in the partnership and stakeholder groups)
- Kouvola Innovation (lead partner, Finland)
- Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning Regional Government of Andalusia (Spain)
- Piemonte Region (Italy)
- University of Turin (Italy)
- Region of East Macedonia and Thrace (Greece)
- Alentejo Coordination and Regional Development Commission (Portugal)
- Bulgarian Association of Recycling (Bulgaria)
- Development Agency IGRA (Croatia)
- Lithuanian Innovation Centre (Lithuania)
- Municipality of Elverum (Norway)
- Government of Åland (Finland)
- SEI Tallinn (Estonia)