Procurement has the potential to shift the market towards more circular products and business models. Cities can help accelerate this shift by using their procurement and investment budgets to drive demand for circular services and products, and by integrating standards for circular products and services in existing public procurement frameworks. Such actions can make procurement a powerful tool for cities aiming to transition towards a circular economy - public spending for goods and services amounts to nearly 19% of the EU’s annual GDP.
In the CityLoops project, seven European cities - Apeldoorn, Bodø, Høje-Taastrup, Mikkeli, Porto, Roskilde and Seville - are piloting a series of circular economy actions aimed at tackling construction and demolition waste, and biowaste. Circular procurement experts Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and ICLEI will help each city identify how and which procurement activities could be used to strategically support these actions.
Over the course of CityLoops, a series of activities will be undertaken to promote and support circular procurement implementation at the city level. Cities define how circular procurement can support their ambitions in becoming circular, this includes guidelines on including circular procurement in the CDW and and biowaste sectors.
The main goal of this project is to develop an adequate framework for circular procurement in the countries belonging to the Baltic Sea Region, by following a four steps approach:
Analysis of the status quo in Circular Procurement in the Baltic Sea Region and identification of improvement potentials at a at local, national and transnational level.
Building necessary capacity on circular procurement for all relevant stakeholders of the value supply chain, namely public procurers, SMEs and policy makers.
Delivering call for tenders aligned with the defined priority areas to enable learning by doing and ensure the projects develops practical capacity building material (e.g. training, guidance, future recommendations).
Disseminating widely the project results among European public procurers and SMEs, using strategic partners and relevant channels.