This new working session of the Circular Europe Network was organised on 30 October in Brussels and gathered about 50 participants. It focused on public procurements as a tool to favour circular economy. Indeed, public procurement represents large volumes of public spending each year (public procurement represents 15 to 20% of the annual GDP) and has therefore the potential to influence the market in terms of production and consumption trends in favour of environmentally friendly, socially responsible and innovative products and services on a large scale.
During the event, experts from local authorities and other stakeholders discussed the way to strengthen the impact on circular economy using green public procurements, public procurement of innovation and waste performance contracts. Green public procurement (GPP) can support eco-consumption while public procurement of innovation (PPI) in the field of resource efficiency can support eco-production. Waste performance contracts are a new tool on which ACR+ and EEB are investigating in order to financially reward waste operators choosing solutions that are more respectful of the waste hierarchy.
More information on circular economy and public procurement is available in a guidance material document published by ACR+.