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Public procurement is said to be one of the most promising instruments to support the transition to a circular economy, with public authorities’ spending representing about 14% to 17% of GDP in Europe. Led by Rijkswaterstaat – the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Waterworks – and involving ACR+ and its members Zero Waste Scotland, OVAM, and Aalborg, the ProCirc project just kicked-off in Amsterdam and aims to increase the purchasing of circular solutions. During the three days of the kick-off meeting, the partners agreed about the first steps to make that Interreg North Sea Region project a success.
Among the actions of ProCirc, the partners will develop tools like criteria and monitoring instruments to facilitate the tendering of circular solutions and train public procurers to include circularity in their procurement. They will also establish Communities of Practice gathering experts on circular procurement as well as create and support opportunities for buyers and suppliers to dialogue regarding circular solutions. They will implement pilot procurement actions aiming to reduce CO2 emissions, the need for virgin material and waste generation and serve as inspiration for others. Roadmaps for circular procurement and networking of circular procurement initiatives will also be encouraged in order to upscale the procurement process.
More information about the project and its activities will be soon available on the Interreg North Sea Region website.
Other partners of the project include: Business in the Community, Network for Sustainability Business Development Northern Denmark, Kamp C, Norwegian Agency for public management and e-government, Kolding Municipality, the CLEAN cluster and the City of Malmo.

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