What is a sustainable and circular procurement?
A sustainable and circular procurement ...
|... meets a concrete need||
✔ Consider the need rather than the product
✔ Consider the actual quantity required
✔ Do not buy if not necessary
|... considers a smart use||
✔ Focus on the service rather than ownership (e.g. through new business models such as Product as a Service (PaaS))
✔ Efficient and intensive use of products (e.g., sharing economy)
|... prevents waste||
✔ Rely on used materials and existing products (e.g. second hand, sharing economy
✔ Responsible management and efficient use of resources
✔ Avoiding packaging or choosing reusable or recyclable packaging
|... extends the lifespan of products and parts||
|... recycles materials at the end of their life||
✔ Respecting the biological cycle
|... limits emissions throughout its entire life cycle||
✔ Energy efficiency and renewable energies
|... takes into account the protection of the environment||
✔ Avoiding the pollution of water, air and soil
|... respects the human rights of people in production and consumption||
✔ Decent working conditions and wages
Circular public procurement refers to the process by which the public sector procures products and services according to the three principles of the circular economy. The principles to which circular procurement refers are: the prevention of waste and pollution, the circulation of products and materials at their highest value, and the regeneration of nature.
Green Public Procurement means that public authorities seek to purchase goods, services and works that have a reduced impact on the environment throughout their life cycle. Green public procurement includes responsible sourcing and usually addresses environmental aspects, but not necessarily social aspects and criteria.
Sustainable public procurement is the most comprehensive concept. It is a procurement process in which public authorities seek an appropriate balance between the three pillars of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental - when purchasing goods, services or works.