Public Procurement is the process used by public authorities – including government departments and local authorities - to buy goods, services, and construction works. It is governed by rules set at the European and national level which aim to ensure fair competition for public contracts and transparency in the use of public funds. In order to buy circular goods and services – and achieve all their related environmental, social and economic benefits – public buyers need to adopt new procurement processes which still follow procurement rules. This is where Circular Public Procurement comes in!
If you want to get started with circular procurement, you can become a CityLoops Replicator, or get in touch with the partners ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and The Dutch Ministry of Instrastructure and Water Management.
Find key resources about circular procurement on our Resources page.
Circular Procurement in CityLoops
Circular procurement experts Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and ICLEI are helping each city identify how and which procurement activities could be used to strategically support CityLoops demonstration 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.