Torres Vedras, Portugal
Torres Vedras is a municipality of the district of Lisbon, located on the western coastline of Portugal, with an area of about 407,9Km2 and a population of 79,465 inhabitants. The commitment to sustainability, the fight against climate change and the transition to a circular economy is a constant concern of the Municipality of Torres Vedras, which has reinforced its commitment and work in these matters over the last decade. For example, the Municipality participated in projects financed under the LIFE programs of the European Commission in the area of Sustainable Public Procurement, such as the “GreenMed” project and the SPP Capacity Building Project. In 2017 the Municipality joined the “Procura+” network, a network of European public authorities and regions with the purpose of connecting, exchanging experiences and acting on the basis of sustainable and innovative purchases. Likewise, the “Circular Procurement Torres Vedras” project was developed, which included a series of training actions on circular purchases. As a result of this work, the municipality has been incorporating circularity criteria in its public procurement procedures.