Senior Policy Advisor SCP, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands
Cuno van Geet advises the Netherland’s Ministry of Infrastructure and the Water Management on sustainable procurement and how to use the power of this demand for strategic objectives in policy and ambitions of organizations. His expertise is on how to translate these objectives into impact in practice by setting up collaboration and creating commitment to make this more than a one-time action.
For over 15 years, his focus within sustainability used to be on energy and climate; but since 10 years working in procurement his focus shifted towards resources, and especially over the past few years, on the debate of the Circular Economy. The circularity part appeared to be fascinating in procurement because it relates to the core business of both suppliers and procurers. It provides new opportunities in collaboration within the chain and creating new value from the reuse of resources, while delivering on objectives both in sustainability and in economics. They have initiated many pilots to test these new models and collect the valuable lessons they can share with others and help them to make the first or next step.
Come learn how a bottom-up collaboration between public and private sector organizations is rapidly embedding circular economy principles into hundreds of procurements across a number of European countries. The Green Deal Program, first initiated in 2014 by the Dutch, has created more than $100 million Euros in sustainable economic development by leveraging procurement to turn waste … read more >>
What will it take for our better purchasing decisions to add up to a global economy that is truly economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable? How can we rapidly scale-up the collective impact of our sustainable purchasing efforts? In short, can we go about our buying today in a way that will bring about the prosperous … read more >>
A ‘circular economy’ is an alternative to our current ‘linear economy’ (make, use, dispose), in which materials are kept cycling through the economy for as long as possible. One key to keeping materials cycling within the economy is ensuring that there are buyers for products and services that use recovered materials and that use more … read more >>