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 circular business models. ‘Circular procurement’ describes how purchasing organizations are using their purchasing power to stimulate the creation of circular product, service and business model solutions that meet their organization’s needs.
This workshop will take participants through an interactive journey that will: introduce circular economy principles; introduce the benefits of incorporating those principles into category strategies; identify priorities and options for improving circularity; identify the barriers, actions and next steps to achieve these circular outcomes and benefits. Participants will learn from examples of circular public procurement practices in Europe, and have the opportunity to identify a circular procurement pilot project of their own.