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

Activities

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)

Project partners:

Funder

Interreg Europe