Sustainability and circularity in public procurement

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

✔ Reuse
✔ Repair and refurbish
✔Repurpose e.g., through upcycling

... recycles materials at the end of their life

✔ Respecting the biological cycle
✔ Ensuring the recycling of products, parts or fragments (e.g., through take-back schemes).

... limits emissions throughout its entire life cycle

✔ Energy efficiency and renewable energies
✔ Short transport routes (e.g., through local materials and products)

... takes into account the protection of the environment

✔ Avoiding the pollution of water, air and soil
✔ Preservation of biodiversity

... respects the human rights of people in production and consumption

✔ Decent working conditions and wages
✔  Transparency of the production chain
✔ Commitment to gender equality
✔  Respect for the safety and health of workers as well as  users

The concepts of sustainable and circular public procurement. What are the differences?