Throughout its evolution, the industrial economy has never moved beyond a linear model of resource consumption that follows a take-make-dispose pattern. A circular economy approach is an alternative to this model. It aims to keep products and materials in the value chain for a longer period and to recover raw materials after the lifetime of the products for their next use.
Applied to public procurement, circular procurement is known as a different way of acquiring goods and services that promotes consideration of the whole lifecycle of products throughout their supply chain.
Measured, quantitative outcomes / project impact
The Circular PP project studies the current state of knowledge on circular public procurement in the Baltic sea region, builds capacity on circular procurement among relevant stakeholders, and delivers and implements pilot procurement programs. ICLEI provides mentoring services to the city of Aalborg in the implementation of two circular procurement pilots, as well as project management and communication support. As a result of this process, the city of Aalborg, along with the other public authorities that are part of the project, will pilot a circular tender process, showcasing how public authorities can leverage their purchasing power to push the economy towards more circularity.